Physical Therapist and Marketing Expert, Nitin Chhoda, Gives Five Ways To Implement EMR Into Practice

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The most difficult part of implementing an EMR (electronic medical record) software system into a physical therapist office is not knowing where to start. For the staff, it can be scary and for the physical therapist, it can be overwhelming.

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Having standardized reliable EMR physical therapy software that provides these steps is preferable for the physical and the occupational therapy documentation of the office.

Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT, a licensed physical therapist and author of, "Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy" and “Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics.” Chhoda offers these five tips to get started in easily putting an EMR for physical therapy services into place, without fear or stress.

“First, have an easy software system for you, your staff and your clients to use. The dashboard for the physical therapy scheduling software should not take a rocket scientist to figure out.” said Chhoda.

“The software should flow in a logical order of the tasks being performed by the office staff. Intake, consultation, prescription, billing, scheduling and follow-up would be an easy logical way to implement the physical therapy documentation using the EMR software.” Chhoda stated.

Speed is an important part in the EMR process. Reducing steps and paper is a key step in physical therapy management. After all, that is what computers are designed to do; there is little point in writing it all down and then entering it later into the EMR system.

As Chodda points out, waiting to enter data from written notes is often where mistakes are made in entering the wrong information into a patient's records.

Chodda also said, “Having the ability to easily enter frequently used information such as city, state data, using drop-down menus and radio buttons make using a physical therapy billing system faster, and less complicated. This saves office staff time and frees them up to do other daily tasks.

Keeping forms vertical on a computer screen also saves time and frustration. By this I mean to avoid stretching data entry forms out, to where you have to scroll horizontal scrolling across the screen to enter the information. This eats up time and also gives a better chance for entering the data on the wrong line. Having standardized reliable EMR physical therapy software,, that provides these steps is preferable for the physical and the occupational therapy documentation of the office.”

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at

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.

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