• iPad and Tablet Apps for a Pediatric Occupational Therapist Image

    articleJul 17, 2017 | 6 min. read

    iPad and Tablet Apps for a Pediatric Occupational Therapist

    We’ve all seen catchy music paired with a montage of all the awesome things you can do with an iPad. The iPad—and Apple, in general—is all about the wow factor. Not to be outdone, Microsoft has also released a pretty spiffy tablet called Surface, with tons of entertaining marketing to boot . Then there’s all the techy Android tablets, like the new Yoga and the Samsung Galaxy Note and Tab , as well as the Kindle Fire …

  • Advancements in PT Tech/Emerging Trends Image

    articleJul 8, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Advancements in PT Tech/Emerging Trends

    From vibrating posture sensors , gait-correcting insoles , and pressure-sensing socks to popular movement tracking devices like Fitbit , video game systems designed to make therapy more fun, and helmet sensors that alert athletes and medical professionals of potential concussion-causing hits, there have been a number of exciting advancements and trends in PT technology. These innovations offer new opportunities for improved diagnosis, treatment, and patient engagement. iTherapy: There’s an App for That Smartphone and iPad apps for …

  • Why PTs Must Embrace Change—and How They Can Do It Image

    articleMay 12, 2017 | 11 min. read

    Why PTs Must Embrace Change—and How They Can Do It

    As the chief clinical officer and lead physical therapist for a digital healthcare company, I have the privilege of regularly speaking to my fellow PTs regarding the trends in physical therapy and overarching healthcare changes that impact our profession most. While it’s always a pleasure to talk shop with my peers, I will attest that many of these conversations leave me a bit concerned. As the healthcare industry reshapes its infrastructure to pave the way for more …

  • Future-Proofing Your Practice: Diversifying Revenue Streams Image

    downloadJan 7, 2016

    Future-Proofing Your Practice: Diversifying Revenue Streams

    What does it take to future-proof your practice? In this guide, we’ll talk about how you can incorporate health and wellness services to diversify your practice’s revenue streams and boost your bottom line. Ready to prepare your practice for the age of payment reform? Enter your email address below to download Future-Proofing Your Practice, Volume 3.

  • Dipping a Toe into the Out-of-Network Waters: The ActivCore Model Image

    articleJan 6, 2016 | 9 min. read

    Dipping a Toe into the Out-of-Network Waters: The ActivCore Model

    As regulations intensify, reimbursements dwindle, and patients take greater control of their health care, interest in cash-pay services and cash-based practice models has increased, especially among physical therapists. For years, we here at WebPT have kept a pulse on the cash trend, sharing hard-hitting pieces by Ann Wendel and Jarod Carter. Recently, we discovered a new out-of-network model—one that’s complementary to the in-network model most practices already have. This setup allows providers to dip their proverbial toes …

  • Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards Image

    articleDec 9, 2015 | 10 min. read

    Digital Critical: Data Protection, Password Security, and Computer Safeguards

    In the past five years, the way rehab therapists perceive—and use—information technology in their clinics has changed dramatically. We used to manage our files with stationary computers and back-room servers we could only access within the office. Now, our teams are mobile, and we use tablets, laptops, and phones to access the powerful cloud applications—including the WebPT EMR —that help us do our jobs. Essentially, the servers of yesteryear have migrated to the cloud.  With this new …

  • Are Wearables HIPAA-Compliant? Image

    articleDec 1, 2015 | 4 min. read

    Are Wearables HIPAA-Compliant?

    By now, you’re likely well aware of the wearables trend in health and wellness. Activity trackers like Fitbit’s devices, Jawbone’s Up (and its variations), Nike’s FuelBand, and Apple’s iWatch have popped up everywhere, giving individuals, businesses, and healthcare professionals an easy way to monitor physical activity of all kinds. If you’ve watched television at all in the past year, you’ve probably seen Fitbit’s “ Find Your Fit ” advertisement. Throughout the commercial, active folks (not to mention …

  • How Do Wearables Affect Patient Engagement? Image

    articleOct 19, 2015 | 4 min. read

    How Do Wearables Affect Patient Engagement?

    The idea of patient engagement is hardly new. But, if you were to define patient engagement in your own practice, what would you discover? Is it simply a buzz phrase? (Yeah; that’s a real thing ). Or, is there more depth to your definition? According to this HIMSS study , “Even without universal agreement on ‘one’ definition of patient engagement, two truths are emerging: a patient’s greater engagement in healthcare contributes to improved health outcomes, and information …

  • Do You Dry Needle? Image

    articleSep 29, 2015 | 2 min. read

    Do You Dry Needle?

    According to the APTA , many providers consider dry needling “a safe, easy-to-learn, minimally discomforting, and often-effective technique for patients with certain presentations.” Yet, it remains a controversial practice. Much of the concern lies in the fact that this modality involves piercing the skin; many acupuncturists would argue that PTs don’t have the expertise to perform this type of manual therapy. However, many physical therapists argue that even though the needles they use for dry needling are …

  • Good Vibes with VibePlate Image

    articleAug 27, 2015 | 1 min. read

    Good Vibes with VibePlate

    Regardless of a patient’s physical condition, he or she can use vibration plates to support neuromuscular performance. Through proprioceptive stimulation, patients can benefit from restored joint, ligament, muscle, and fascia function. Patients also can use vibration plates as a mechanism to reduce inflammation. Plus, these plates are appropriate for use in a variety of settings—from fitness and athletic performance centers to medical rehab and active aging facilities. Here are just some of the positive outcomes your patients …

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