Since moving to MedTech Solutions for EHR hosting and IT support, FHCCGLA has eliminated the frustrations that both staff and patients experienced due to system performance and availability issues. With reliable cloud hosting, IT management services, and expert training from MTS, FHCCGLA is able to serve more patients and increase revenue, while seeing higher patient satisfaction.
IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, FHCCGLA
Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles (FHCCGLA) has supported the underserved and uninsured community in South Los Angeles, CA since 1925. The organization provides local and affordable healthcare in multiple locations to more than 13,000 patients, from infants to seniors, with services that range from family medicine, women’s health, and behavioral health to dentistry, podiatry, and optometry. Technology is the foundation that supports both patient and provider needs and allows the organization to fulfill its mission.
Rodrigo Ibarra, IT systems administrator at Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles (FHCCGLA), sums up the organization’s past IT situation in one word: chaotic. FHCCGLA’s hosting service suffered from regular system slow downs as well as back-up, access, and connectivity issues. “Support was really horrible for us, and we weren’t able to have our issues addressed in a timely manner,” Ibarra says. “We suffered a lot of downtime, which affected our ability to provide services to our patients.”
FHCCGLA providers depend on electronic access to patients’ charts and the ability to exchange information with specialists, hospitals, and other providers and locations to provide better and more timely care. With access to their health information, patients also have more control over their health and well-being.
Like most healthcare organizations, the most critical part of FHCCGLA’s IT operations is ensuring that the electronic health record (EHR) is up and running all day, every day. “If we don’t have an EHR, we can’t see patients and we can’t bill,” Ibarra explains. “That is our bread and butter. We have over 75 of our employees using the system on a daily basis, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.”
While hosting issues made EHR implementation even more challenging, FHCCGLA also didn’t have the in-house expertise to provide effective EHR training and workflow for providers and medical assistants (MAs).“Moving from paper to electronic charting was really tough for us,” says Ibarra. “It was something new. No one went to school for this. We felt that we were on our own.” Even though FHCCGLA was paying for EHR support from its previous vendor, Ibarra didn’t see much involvement from the vendor, and the vendor’s high project manager turnover made support inconsistent. As EHR hosting issues became more costly and impacted FHCCGLA’s ability to meet its mission to care for patients in a timely manner, Ibarra reached out to Med Tech Solutions (MTS). Working with MTS, FHCCGLA has made dramatic strides in how its overall IT systems support its providers and patients.
When FHCCGLA engaged with MTS, cloud hosting and level one support for the EHR were the first issues to be resolved. “Switching hosting over to MTS support has allowed us to see more patients,” Ibarra explains. “It’s provided a more reliable hosting service, which equates to our providers being able to depend on the system and having the EHR available to them 100 percent of the time.” The new MTS system is available remotely to all of FHCCGLA locations and patients, 24/7. Providers and medical assistants (MAs) don’t waste time waiting for the system to boot up so they can log into computers at their desks or exam rooms, which means they can tend to patients more efficiently. This has cut patient processing time in half, from 30 minutes down to 15.
Now that his hosting worries have been addressed, Ibarra is able to better assign duties for his staff. The internal IT team can focus on implementing new value-added projects while MTS handles everyday issues such as setting up new servers and licenses and managing access needs for new employees. MTS also manages server updates, patches, and security and system performance. Without technology frustrations, providers can focus on patients and be more productive. As an added bonus, Ibarra states that the improved service from MTS is even more affordable than FHCCGLA’s previous vendor.
Since the implementation, FHCCGLA has had no major issues and no major downtime, and the organization has come to expect full availability for the EHR. With MTS hosting the EHR, FHCCGLA is able to serve more patients and increase revenue, while seeing higher patient satisfaction. About the choice to partner with MTS, Ibarra says, “This was the best decision we ever made. I don’t dread coming to work. I can go home at the end of the day not fearing that the system won’t come up tomorrow.”
IT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, FHCCGLA
Ibarra describes FHCCGLA as a lean organization, focused on its mission of providing timely, affordable care for its communities. Training from MTS provides the expert capabilities that FHCCGLA doesn’t have in-house, and helps the organization meet its training goals. With deep healthcare experience, MTS trainers are a valuable resource across FHCCGLA’s departments, from billing to the front office, as well as IT. “MTS typically provides us with trainings at least once a year,” says Ibarra. “They create breakout sessions for our providers and medical assistants. They analyze our workflows. They provide advice based on best practices. They help us meet our training goals and they stay within our timelines. I’ve never experienced this level of excellence from any other consultants or software providers.”
Ibarra depends on MTS as a technology partner who has established a solid foundation for the organization’s ongoing goals. “No matter what goals the organization sets, we’re going to have the support of a strong company to help reach them,” he says. “We have a team we can depend on.”
MTS continues to help FHCCGLA implement new IT initiatives. Like most healthcare IT administrators, Ibarra worries about cybersecurity and privacy. With help from MTS, the organization has undertaken security risk analysis that gives Ibarra confidence in the system. “Community clinics and small operations are big targets for hackers,” says Ibarra, “so having our system hosted and monitored by a company like MTS provides us a sense of security. And it provides our patients with a sense of security.” MTS has also helped migrate FHCCGLA’s pharmacy software.
MTS provides a higher level of expertise and services at a more affordable cost, and Ibarra values the long-term relationships he’s developed with his MTS team of experts. “MTS is a good fit for FHCCGLA because they understand our business,” Ibarra states. “They understand what our barriers are. They understand what difficulties we run into when trying to serve our population. They understand the regulations around being an FQHC and a CHC. They understand us.”
Ibarra concludes, “Because of MTS, our organization is in a way better place and a way better position to serve our patients. MTS has facilitated our growth and we are definitely growing together.”
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