Physical Therapist and Marketing Expert, Nitin Chhoda, Finds Advantages of Web-Based Electronic Medical Records

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The recent hurricanes that swept through the east coast of the United States, brought devastation to many areas, particularly New Jersey and New York. Not only was power lost for weeks in some areas, but thousands of homes, businesses and offices were swept away. Along with the many losses were paper records, and on-site computer systems. Nitin Chhoda, a private practice marketing expert, shares how EMR system will be more beneficial during this type of situations.

EMR - electronic medical record

Having the files on the web in a cloud or similar type of secure storage and retrieval web based system prevents loss of files and patient personal information.

“Having my offices in New Jersey, I was thankful that my records were kept intact and safe, by having them on a web based system. Earthquakes, floods, fires, tornado’s and other natural disasters, happen generally in moment’s notice and are completely out of the hands of the physical therapist,” physical therapist, Nitin Chhoda said.

As an expert at physical therapy management, Chhoda, offers this advice to other physical and occupational therapists. “You never know when disaster is going to strike! Having your EMR information, billing and communications available off-site is critical to an office. Offices still using paper records and filing systems are totally lost when the information ends up underwater, burned to ashes or blown away.

For physical therapy offices that have their information stored on a web-based system, when disaster strikes, they can be up and running again in a short amount of time. Even if their office is totally gone, they can have a temporary location, download the files to new computers and take care of their patients’ needs quickly,” Chhoda stated.

Even without a disaster striking, having the EMR records stored off-site also has the advantage of security. Offices can be broken into, files can be misplaced, software programs and computer systems can crash and all information stored can be lost. Having the files on the web in a cloud or similar type of secure storage and retrieval web based system prevents loss of files and patient personal information.

Chhoda stated that web-based files also enable the therapist and staff to securely access patient files and information from anywhere using a lap top computer, notebook or even a mobile device. “This makes it easy for the therapist to send information while out of the office to doctors and agencies.”

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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