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The WebPT crew came into the office this morning with a little extra spring in our step—not because we’re still on a Halloween sugar high (although if we’re being honest, we probably consumed a few too many fun-size Snickers bars)—but because this morning, WebPT officially announced some very exciting news: We’ve acquired WebOutcomes, an online outcomes tracking tool for physical and occupational therapists.
Why are we so giddy about outcomes? Well, healthcare is moving steadily toward a pay-for-performance model, which means that to compete in the healthcare market, rehab therapists have to be able to objectively demonstrate their strengths and effectiveness as healthcare providers. And that’s exactly what outcomes empower them to do. Furthermore, therapists and practice owners can use outcomes data to:
- Improve their marketing techniques
- Better assess clinic performance through benchmarking
- Equip themselves for more effective payer contract negotiations
These are all key ingredients to success in the private practice physical and occupational therapy space—which is why WebPT welcomed WebOutcomes to its family with open arms. It’s a quality, user-friendly software, and it features a diverse library of evidence-based, industry-accepted tests that are already familiar to—and respected within—the healthcare community at large. These include:
- Quick DASH
- Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS)
- Neck Disability Index
- Dizziness Handicap Inventory
Basically, WebOutcomes already has all of the features we feel are important in outcomes tracking software. In the words of WebPT Founder and COO Heidi Jannenga, “We wanted to align our brand with an outcomes software that allows therapists to assert their value as strongly and effectively as possible. Furthermore, we believe that if we’re going to use this data to effect change, then we need to collect and report data that everyone—regardless of specialty—understands.”
Like I said before, we’re pretty stoked about this software, but the acquisition itself is only the beginning of WebPT’s outcomes adventure. Next stop: integration. The team at WebPT is currently digging into the WebOutcomes technology and learning it backwards and forwards. That way, we can provide exemplary support, further innovate the software, and develop the best integration possible.
“The integration between WebPT and WebOutcomes is another step toward our goal of being an all-encompassing software platform that helps therapists achieve greatness in practice,” Jannenga said. “It’s an exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to introduce this solution to the therapy community.”
Worth celebrating? I think so. Cue more fun-size Snickers.