• articleJul 29, 2011 | 7 min. read

    Expected and Unexpected Costs of an EMR

    9 Ways to lose your wallet on an EMR Ever feel like you're getting milked dry?  Here's a look at 9 expected and unexpected costs of implementing an EMR   1. Software Licenses : Many providers charge for a software license per users.  It is important to note the cost and renewal periods of the license.  Key questions: Is the license a one-time/lifetime cost? Does it require an annual subscription/renewal cost? How about upgrades?  What if a …

  • articleJul 19, 2011 | 3 min. read

    The Future of Electronic Medical Records

    For the past few years the media has been reporting on the hot topic of EMR. This has lead to many ‘experts’ giving their opinions and citing statistics on EMR adoption. Much of the postulating has been negative. Take a few outdated systems that cost way too much money, sprinkle in a few data breaches, and add in some preconceived notions and that’s all they need to know. Recently U.S. News reported on EMR adoption . They …

  • articleJul 12, 2011 | 5 min. read

    5 Cloud Fears Explained

    Technology has become a crucial component to healthcare documentation and management. Many benefits come from Electronic Record keeping including productivity increases, greater security measures as the burden of IT being lifted off of the shoulders of clinic staff. One of the most beneficial technology innovations in healthcare is the development of cloud-based technology. With new “cloud” technology, comes a lot of questions and concerns. Is it proven?  Is it safe?  We see a lot of misinformation around …

  • articleMay 14, 2011 | 4 min. read

    The Pros and Cons of Handheld Electronic Medical Records

    With the advent of computerized medical documentation systems, much has changed in how things might be done in the average physical therapy practice. How patient records are maintained and accessed has changed considerably. When a digital version of patient care documentation is fully in place, the need for those long rows of filing cabinets disappears. For most employees of any physical therapy practice, that is indeed good news. Along with the changes to how patient data is …

  • articleMay 2, 2011 | 6 min. read

    Holding PT Documentation Software to a High Standard

    The physical therapy profession is not one that is prone to jump on the bandwagon for fads just as the medical community at large is not likely to be susceptible to that kind of temptation. If there is a trend that could almost be seen as epidemic as a fad, it is the move toward automating the PT documentation function at the clinic level. The natural inclination to go slow and evaluate carefully the pros and the …

  • articleApr 27, 2011 | 4 min. read

    4 Things to Look for in any EMR System

    There is no doubt that a quality EMR system is going to make things faster and more efficient in a PT setting. However, not all of these systems are designed the same. Some of them are really good and others leave plenty to be desired. It is important to carefully evaluate several features of them before you choose one to implement for your PT practice work environment. When possible, try free trials of EMR systems before you …

  • articleApr 15, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Top 11 Benefits of Appointment Reminders for Patient Engagement

    WebPT recently added a game-changing feature to our Front Office Suite for scheduling.  The appointment reminder service integrates with the WebPT EMR system to automatically look at your physician schedules and notify patients of upcoming appointments via email, phone or text messages. Imagine the time savings if all of your calls and email were automated vs. having your front office constantly on the phone reminding people of their appointments.  Why bother with appointment reminders?  There are countless …

  • articleApr 8, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Understanding the Meaningful Use of EMR in Your PT Practice

    The recent emphasis on healthcare has been contentious, but there are some good outcomes from the dialog. One of the biggest areas of evolution in how any medical practice runs is the move toward computerization of medical records. The automation of a PT practice documentation system fits in with those changes because the move toward networked and automated management of patient records is changing the physical therapy world in a very positive way. In terms of the …

  • articleApr 1, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Automating Your PT Practice Documentation is the Green thing to Do

    There are many costs that go into running a physical therapy (PT) practice that are above and beyond just the equipment and expertise needed to care for your patients. The costs of running an office, overhead and other supplies must be put into the budget. One of the biggest costs is the overhead of managing your PT practice documentation. That is a cost that is easy to lose control over, especially if you have mountains of paperwork …

  • articleMar 16, 2011 | 4 min. read

    Containing Your PT Practice Costs Through Automation

    You no doubt have a statement of purpose or mission statement that you put together when you started your own PT practice. This kind of statement is valuable to keep you focused on the mission of your organization. Without a doubt, the primary mission of your practice is to be of service to your patients, to provide relief for their pain and suffering and to promote wellness. There is a secondary mission statement that may not rank …

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