Improve Patient Management by Using an Online EMR

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Early electronic medical record (EMR) implementer and physical therapist, Nitin Chhoda, assists practice owners with issues surrounding the installation of an EMR. A primary feature of an online EMR is the ability to provide better patient management and Chhoda is offering clinicians new information on how that can be accomplished.

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Chhoda noted that therapists no longer have to depend on unreliable patient memories or lengthy waits for the postal system to transfer documents.

“An EMR will impact all facets of patient management, from collecting insurance information and initiating client communications to obtaining health histories,” said Chhoda. “An online EMR has distinct advantages,, that provides assistance in the clinic and can help therapists expand into lucrative new markets.”

Chhoda said one of the great advantages of web-based online physical therapy software is that it can be accessed from multiple locations wherever an Internet connection is available. Information resides in the cloud for increased security and ease of access. Clinicians can work from the practice or home, and EMRs are compatible with a variety of web browsers. Physical therapy management software can be implemented on laptops and iPads for the ultimate portability solution.

An online EMR allows therapists to expand into markets away from the practice for additional revenues. More companies are instituting corporate health and fitness programs, while home healthcare is gaining in popularity and senior facilities are offering services to an aging population. All those venues offer therapists with opportunities to increase revenues and reach additional clients with the assistance of an EMR to manage care.

A patient portal is an integral part of any physical therapy documentation program. It provides a starting point where clients can schedule an appointment, request information, and view the results of tests, x-rays and lab work. Insurance coverage and eligibility can be verified, and a complete health history can be obtained before the office visit, allowing therapists to familiarize themselves with the patient’s problems.

Multiple healthcare providers can access an online EMR and records are immediately updated when clients have testing done or see any number of healthcare professionals. Chhoda noted that therapists no longer have to depend on unreliable patient memories or lengthy waits for the postal system to transfer documents. Treatment can be initiated sooner for better outcomes.

Chhoda’s assistance and information is helping practice owners across the nation make informed decisions and assisting them in finding new ways to utilize their EMRs. An online EMR offers clinicians portability, convenience and enhanced access to facilitate patient treatments. Physical therapy management software provides new, convenient and effective ways of interacting with patients and allows clinicians to offer services in a variety of exciting and profitable new venues.

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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