Below, Jeremy, Heidi, and Paul share with you their experiences attending seminars and educational sessions. Continued education on the most current trends in digital healthcare will serve to enhance WebPT’s features and keep our members at the forefront of physical therapy technology.
This year has been a busy one at WebPT and as we near the end of 2011, we’re thankful to our members for helping us improve our system. The WebPT elves were hard at work late Friday night implementing new features and enhancements provided to us with the help of over 25 members.
As with any web- or cloud-based system, data security is always a top concern. All of the best systems are highly encrypted. WebPT has a 256 bit secure socket layer (SSL) encryption. For all of the non-geeks out there, that just means that the data is protected as its transferred between servers.
What many users don’t realize is that they need to do their part to ensure the highest possible level of data security. Improve your password! That’s right. Its a seemingly simple part of logging in to do online banking or check your email. Maybe you don’t even think about it. Is your password too tough to crack?
PC Magazine just release the list of Top 25 Worst Passwords for 2011. If yours made the list, it might be time for a change. Some of the worst examples are “password” or “123456.” We were puzzled to find “monkey” and “iloveyou” on the list. Any password that is “guessable” about you is not safe such as your pet’s name or the names of family members. This isn’t meant to alarm anyone, it’s just precautionary. You never know what a nosy co-worker or low-level hacker may attempt.
While looking at an EMR for your clinic, it can be hard to understand what will work for you and what won’t. To add to it, the messages in the industry seem a bit mixed and muddled.
On any given day, you may read an article outlining all of the reasons why EMR adoption is slow and difficult for a non-technical staff. A number of reasons fault the user and not the software.
The next day, you may read an article that shows 25% of clinicians use a Smartphone and a tablet in their day-to-day documentation and patient management.
We have a hard time believing that the same clinicians who are having trouble moving their documentation to the cloud are the same ones who use iPads and Smartphones on a daily basis. While every clinic needs to asses the right technology for their practice, it is up to the providers to know and understand the needs of the therapist. This is not a new idea. Successful businesses listen to their customers and provide a product that solves their problems. By that same token, it is through asking key questions of your EMR provider about thier philosophy and business that can help you to understand who you’re dealing with.
Top 15 Questions to ask your EMR provider
When reviewing EMR providers, you’ll want to ask key questions to understand the quality of the product and the security of your data:
Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on Cloud technology last week. If you missed the broadcast, you can view the recorded version here at anytime. I wanted to debrief everyone on the highlights of the webinar and also share some of the questions that were asked by attendees.
Here were some of the most common questions about Cloud technology:
- Where is my data stored?
If any of you have used a server-based system in the past, you know that your data was stored underneath your desk or in a closet/private room at your facility. In a cloud-based system, your data is stored in an maximum-security facility complete with armed guards and retina scanning technology.
- How is my data backed up?
The data is backed up regularly and stored in separate, yet equally secure, geographic locations to protect against natural disasters of any kind. In the cloud, your data is protected against flood, fire, burglary, or any other type of unfortunate event that could more easily happen at your clinic. Physical Therapy of Joplin, a WebPT member, was struck by the deadly tornadoes earlier this year. Because their data was stored in our cloud, they were able to recover all their patient information as soon as Internet access was restored.
- What about hackers?
WebPT uses the same SSL encryption that is standard for all online banking applications that you use on a daily basis. The federal government uses this same type of encryption for all of their data and communications. WebPT also employs specialized staff who are well versed in online security measures and who look at ways to further improve security everyday.
Working together just got easier
Practices with multiple clinics are realizing the benefits of WebPT in a big way. WebPT’s focus on simplicity, compliance, and ease of use make it truly unique. But the biggest headaches for multiple clinics vanish when clinics take advantage of the elegant built-in features that save time and money while enhancing standardization across clinics.
TOP 10 Benefits to Multi-Clinic Practices
There are real benefits to going electronic. Sure you can get rid of the large file cabinets and storage rooms. Yes, you can search patient files making it faster to find what you are looking for. However, the real beauty of electronic medical records is the ability to quickly and easily share important patient data with referring physicians and other healthcare providers as needed.