In January 2014, Lumacare had a great problem. They had recently launched a service that enabled seniors to avoid long-term care accommodations, allowing them to remain in their own homes with the help of PSWs or Personal Support Worker visits. For each client, a PSW would arrive at certain times during the week, provide a set of services, and report back to the office. At the time, the service had grown to around 30 clients with over a hundred appointments a week. There was a great demand but there were also inefficiencies that threatened to suffocate growth. Lumacare already had a huge ERP system where it could store all the data relating to the new service; however, it lacked the specific process optimizations needed to scale out these services.
Firestitch went to work creating a management dashboard that defined both client and worker schedules. From this, a user-friendly schedule view was interlaid to make scheduling events amongst thousands of people as simple as managing a personal calendar.
Additonal logic was added to appointments, including the ability to create recurring events and detailed requirements. This now enables the user to define the expectation once, such as a recurring appointment, to translate into every occurrence.
A secure tablet application was created that makes viewing a schedule, checking in, submitting data, communications, and checking out simpler than tying a shoe. The application also embedded standards and tracking quality through the process, and created visibility for supervisors to manage the team intelligently.
“We can address surprises and changes very quickly with the new system because (a) we have live and linked data at our fingertips (b) our changes happen immediately and appear automatically for affected people. If someone calls in to complain, we can see the exact history from all staff available immediately.”
“It helps our team to stay on time, and gives management visibility into the actual time”
“Seeing real data on checkins and checkouts allow us to understand performance.”
“We spent tremendous time tracking data, but still never had a full picture of our performance. Now we have dashboards that provide detailed answers with real- time data”
“Without the app new employees were confused, inefficient and error- prone. As soon as they get the app, our new hires know what they need to do. We specify requirements once, then the app enforces these requirements for each appointment. Individuals don’t have to remember standards, on the contrary, you have to work hard to break standards and the system will. ”
Keith and the team have been great to work with! They have definitely taken the time to learn about what we do, how we do it and where we can improve. Since the new application, our team has not only been more productive and efficient; we have also been able to reach out to clients more and grow our business. Firestitch is our key to continue to grow our business where we will be operating with the same fundamentals from location to location.
When collaborating with FireStitch on building a solution or adding new features it always felt like we were on one team. FireStitch has always been able to expand on our ideas and come up with even better solutions after conducting thorough analyzes of our business practises
The Firestitch team is made up of professional, and talented software designers and developers who take timelines and budgets seriously, which in my experience is a rarity in the software development field. I would recommend them with no hesitation.
I have found working with Firestitch a great pleasure. When I need a project completed, I search for the best person or company to get the job done perfectly and efficiently. I truly found this in Firestitch. I needed website design and development support and Firestitch got the job done with precision and excellence.
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