WebPT Blog - software
Oct 9, 2012| by Erica Cohen
Today’s post comes from WebPT copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen
So, you’ve decided to ditch the pen and paper and take your practice into the cloud―maybe through a payroll service, an email marketing tool, or even (hopefully!) an EMR. Now what? As you shop around for a cloud-based vendor to meet your clinic’s needs, be sure to get answers to the following nine questions.
1.) Is this truly cloud-based? Many companies claim to have a cloud-based component, but they still require you to download a desktop application (remote desktop protocol) that connects you with the web and stores your information. The bottom line? If you have to download and install anything, you’re not really in the cloud, and future updates are entirely your responsibility.
2.) Is your application browser agnostic? Browser agnostic means that no matter what browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer) or version of that browser (IE7 vs. IE9) you use to access the Internet, your cloud-based application will work.
3.) Where is my data stored? Not all cloud-based vendors are the same. You want to make sure they’re storing your data in the most hi-tech and secure facility possible. For example, many Level 1 secure data centers boast a defensible perimeter, digital video surveillance, biometric screening, and 24x7xforever guard staff.backup, browser, cloud vendor, data storage, ditch the pen and paper, email marketing, emr, firefox, google, internet explorer, payroll service, physical therapy, research, safari, secure, software
Aug 16, 2012| by Erica Cohen
Today's blog post comes from WebPT copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen.
So, you probably remember a few weeks ago we wrote a pretty comprehensive overview on how you can ensure HIPAA compliance in your clinic. We covered everything from HIPAA basics to continuing education and training. In case you didn’t have a chance to read it, here’s a refresher:
US Congress established the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in 1996. They implemented Title II: Preventing Health Care Fraud and Abuse to protect a patient’s private health information (PHI).
“Under this act, all healthcare providers, insurers, and their business associates may only collect, share, or use a patient’s PHI in approved methods and only for the explicit purpose of furthering patient care.
“A HIPAA violation can be anything from discussing identifiable patient information with your friends over lunch to leaving your not-password-protected work laptop open at a coffee shop. And, if you are found to have committed wrongful disclosure of individually identifiable health information, there are financial and criminal repercussions—including fines of up to $50,000 and one-year imprisonment.”
Now that we all know the basics, how about we tackle something a bit more tricky: HIPAA myths. There’s a lot of lore out there surrounding mobile devices and technology. What’s compliant? What isn’t? Can I use this? What about that? Let’s nip these worrisome quandaries in the bud here and now. Enter the WebPT mythbusters!
Aug 1, 2012| by Erica Cohen
Today’s post comes from WebPT copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen.
Autonomy, direct access, and respect. We all know the fight—in fact, at this point these three words have become more like a rehab therapist mantra. But we get the sneaking suspicion that not everyone really understands what these words means. Today, let’s tackle autonomy.
For a dictionary definition, autonomy means: “independence or freedom, as of the will or one's actions: the autonomy of the individual.” There’s no question as to whether or not autonomy is deserved—we all know it is. However, there are questions as to how we should use autonomy: for good...or not-so-good, for things that require hard work or the easiest route possible. To phrase superhero style: with great power comes great responsibility, and autonomy is definitely power.
May 23, 2012| by Charlotte Bohnett
Last week, we tackled the topic of Internet connections. In that post, I noted that many of our Members found that WebPT works best via a cable connection. That got me thinking: what about browsers, hardware, routers, and all that other tech gear that makes your clinic run?
Apparently, I wasn't the only one wondering these things. Frequently, our Members ask us what technologies we recommend to optimize WebPT. While our software works great with just about any setup, there are some steps you can take to create the most ideal WebPT experience.
We recommend Cable or DSL Internet with a connection speed of at least 1 Mbps (megabits per second) upload and 10 Mbps download. If your clinic uses QuickScan and/or eDoc, you'll benefit from a faster upload speed.
Pretty much any current wireless router will work great with WebPT. However, many therapists have said that the Linksys E3000 and Asus RT-N16 router models work well. Just make sure that the quality of your router is in in proportion to your clinic’s router workload; (the more Internet users, the better the router you’ll need).internet connection, internet for PT clinic, ipad, Mac, PC, setup, smartphone, software, tablet, web browser, WebPT