Physical Therapy Documentation Technological Advantages

By Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT on December 15, 2012

Nitin Chhoda says that by using the latest physical therapy documentation such as EMR, you will bring a lot of advantages to your practice. 

In addition, it can give consistent feedback to your software provider in order to continuously improve the system and reach your goals.

physical therapy documentation technologyEverything about your physical therapy documentation system should encourage the staff to work in a more streamlined and efficient manner. After all, technology is only as good as the users.

That means a lot of training should be part of the implementation process. But once the staff does get up to speed and starts to work seamlessly within an EMR, the improvements within the practice can be incredible.

Let Technology Do The Work

The whole idea behind updating your practice with the latest technological innovations is to improve the way your practice runs and improve your bottom line.

The way this works is that the technology takes some responsibilities away from staff and eliminates some tasks altogether. The EMR system or physical therapy documentation you choose should do the work for you and your staff so that you can focus on making and achieving your goals.

Features to look out for include website integration, instant intake forms, integrated patient portals and time stamping and clinical timer technology.

For improving management techniques and for big picture goals of the practice, look for advanced physical therapy documentation tools, intuitive and useful reporting capabilities, and feedback opportunities.

Feedback and Flexibility Translate to Longevity

Any physical therapy documentation tool should also be deeply flexible for the users from a development perspective. You should always have the option of giving feedback on the way aspects of the system work, and suggestions should be taken into account for updates.

The truth is that with high tech physical therapy documentation tools, the developers can and will improve upon the system regularly.

physical therapy documentation advantagesIf a software system is not going to be updated, and if there’s no way for your practice to give feedback on what works and what doesn’t work, be wary.

Although technology changes rapidly, you should be able to count on the company where you purchase your software from to be around for a while.

Physical therapy documentation software that is no longer being improved and supported will die quickly. Longevity will be key to getting the most from any system you invest in.

Well-Tended Information

The more efficiently you can manage physical therapy documentation information within your practice, the better your practice will perform. Customizable forms and templates for your information will allow you to dictate what will be the best set-up for your practice.

Additionally, a high quality EMR will help you to do as much as possible to avoid non-compliance issues.

Imagine that your physical therapy documentation software can help you to stay compliant with HIPAA and with regulations and policies related to submission of claims to both health insurance companies and to programs like Medicare and Medicaid. You rely on an EMR to not only manage information but to keep it safe and secure as well.

Everyone in the practice can have access to the information they need without compromising security. And of course, the physical therapy documentation and billing staff will be able to improve their claim acceptance rate. Which is where well-tended information creates improvements in the financial security of the practice.

About Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is the CEO of In Touch EMR and In Touch Biller Pro, an electronic medical records and medical billing software system built be leaders in the physical therapy software industry, with thousands of satisfied customers across the world. For more information, please visit www.InTouchEmr.com and www.InTouchBillerPro.com

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