Those with a web-based system aren’t responsible for maintaining the stringent standards and security measures required to remain HIPAA compliant, and there’s no need to hire an independent IT team to keep the system operational.
Denville, NJ (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
“You wouldn’t provide a one-size fits all healthcare solution for patients and when it comes to your clinic, an EMR should be tailor made for a physical therapy practice,” said Chhoda. “There are hundreds of EMRs available, but not all of them were developed for therapists or offer the custom abilities needed for a physical therapy clinic.”
Chhoda noted that a web-based EMR requires no on-site servers or extensive infrastructure upgrades that can cost several thousands of dollars, even with incentive payments offered by the federal government. Another consideration is security. Those with a web-based system aren’t responsible for maintaining the stringent standards and security measures required to remain HIPAA compliant, and there’s no need to hire an independent IT team to keep the system operational. Chhoda offered the following insights for therapists when selecting an EMR.
- Implement a system specifically created for a physical therapy practice.
- Cost is a major concern, but a moderately priced EMR doesn’t mean an inferior product.
- The EMR should offer the flexibility to create custom documents and provide detailed documentation capabilities.
- Look for a system that offers one-touch electronic coding and billing.
- Seek a system that includes a patient portal for communicating with clients and capturing insurance information.
- PT documentation software should include the ability to import paper documents, notes, and lab and test results, http://physicaltherapybillingsoftwaretips.com/physical-therapy-marketing/physical-therapy-marketing-for-holidays.
- An EMR should be compatible with multiple web browsers and tablet technology for enhanced mobility.
- Quick documentation is essential for a busy practice and an EMR should handle notes and other pertinent information with a minimum of clicks.
- The clinic’s EMR should be easy to learn, offer online training and ease of use. If the staff doesn’t like the system or if it's difficult and unwieldy, it won’t increase productivity or efficiency.
- The selected EMR should include updates, the ability to upgrade and 24/7 tech support.
Selecting an EMR is one of the most important decisions a practice owner will make. Clinicians must balance cost, functionality and ease of use when choosing a system that will affect every facet of their business. Chhoda said before the review process begins, therapists should determine what they want the EMR to accomplish within the clinic. Utilizing Chhoda’s new insights, practice owners have the information needed to make informed decisions about their selection of an EMR.
Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.
ABOUT NITIN CHHODA
Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics” and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.