If you’ve been to Ascend—or any business-related rehab therapy event—you’ve certainly heard this common complaint: “There are so many patients who would benefit from OT, PT, and SLP—but they aren’t making it into our clinics.” To make matters worse, we therapy professionals aren’t very good at retaining the patients who do come to see us.
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.
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.
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.
With new technology—and the help of the WebPT Marketplace—you can improve patient outcomes. Check out this blog post to learn more.
This week was the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation’s annual conference, Transform, and in the spirit of rethinking typical seminars, the Center live-streamed the conference—for free. While I would’ve loved to fly to Rochester, Minnesota, to attend the event in person, I must say that viewing the presentations from the comfort of my home and interacting with attendees and participants on Twitter was
In honor of this month’s rehab innovation theme, we’re featuring several new products and companies that are bridging the therapy and technology gap. These innovators are using technology to improve patient outcomes and experiences in therapy, and to us, it doesn’t get much better than that. First on our list was IKKOS. Next up: Sway.
This month, we here at WebPT are covering all things innovative in rehab therapy. Today, we’ve compiled four seriously cool developments in speech-language pathology. Whether you’re an SLP, OT, or PT, you’re going to love these, so keep on reading.
In a few weeks, I’ll have the pleasure of speaking at American Express’s Journey of Innovation, where I’ll elaborate on how innovation has monumentally changed my life, how it influenced the WebPT company culture, and how it will continue to play a role in my future as well as WebPT’s. I’ve spoken on these topics before, and I’m sure I will speak about them again. After all, innovation is not only extremely important, but it’s also an integral part of my life—as I hope it is in yours.
In honor of this month’s rehab innovation theme, we’re featuring several new products and companies that are bridging the therapy and technology gap. These innovators are using technology to improve patient outcomes and experiences in therapy, and to us, it doesn’t get much better than that. First up on our list: IKKOS.
We all want to lead a healthy lifestyle but can too much technology be problematic? This past Tuesday, Erica and I covered 12 personal health monitoring devices for the health 2.0 lifestyle. In today’s post, let’s talk about real user experience: the good, the bad, and the gimmicky.