New Online Service Aims to Revolutionize Physical Therapist - Patient Relationship

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A physical therapist in Southern California has taken home exercise program (HEP) prescription to a new level in the digital age. Jason Van Dyke believes his web site, fizio.com, will raise patient compliance, increase patient satisfaction, and improve the speed and efficiency of HEP development in the clinic. His service aims to make online video home exercise programs not just a reality, but the norm.

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I believe that the standard PT HEP prescriptions that we have all used in the past are a big part of the problem

Home exercise program (HEP) compliance studies typically report that more than one third of patients fail to complete their HEP independently, even in the short-term. "I believe that the standard PT HEP prescriptions that we have all used in the past are a big part of the problem," says FIZIO founder Jason Van Dyke. "They're hard for many people to follow and they're frequently lost. I knew there had to be a better way."

Van Dyke, 35, a physical therapist with ten years experience, decided to make the leap from still pictures and drawings to internet based video. "My own patients told me the videos made it much easier to remember the exercises, along with the proper technique," says Van Dyke. "And, because the videos were always available to them on their computer, they never had to search for their printed program."

Based on the improved HEP compliance he saw with his own patients, Van Dyke decided to make his videos available to other health care professionals. Van Dyke teamed up with graphic designer Erik Bergstrom and Netfinity Inc, a web development company in San Diego, to take this vision to the next level. Out of this partnership, FIZIO was born, creating an affordable and efficient service for physical therapists that enables them to create and send a customized and individualized home exercise program complete with video clips of each exercise.

His web site, fizio.com, features an ever expanding database of more than 500 video clips. The site is designed so that a health care professional can create a fully customized and personalized video home exercise program for their patient. A unique URL (web page) is automatically created for each patient making it possible for them to access their video home exercise program instantly 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere they are.

Beta testers of the online service are impressed. "I'm able to complete and send a video home exercise program to my patient in less than 30 seconds," says Michael Kleinert, licensed acupuncturist, athletic trainer, and owner of Integrative Sports Acupuncture in Encinitas, CA. "FIZIO has really improved the efficiency of my practice by cutting down the time it takes me to create a customized home program for my patients."

Health care professionals can choose from FIZIO's existing large database of exercise videos or, if they wish, upload their own exercise videos to the FIZIO database. "I often had a difficult time finding accurate versions of the exercises that I like to prescribe," says Van Dyke, "so I included the ability for professionals to easily add their own content. It's a feature that sets FIZIO apart from other similar services." Christa Gurka MPT, a physical therapist and certified pilates instructor has enjoyed utilizing this feature. "To be able to provide my patients with accurate versions of the exercises that I want them doing at home has been invaluable. Prior to finding FIZIO I did not have a way to make sure my patients were completing their exercises correctly at home."

Another unique feature FIZIO offers is an instant messaging (IM) service. This feature is built in directly to both the health care professionals and the patients interface in FIZIO providing a simple and efficient way to communicate back and forth. "I find it to be a great way to stay in contact with my patients, even after their discharge from my care," says Van Dyke. "I also find that simple questions and common concerns can be addressed in an efficient manner." As an owner of a Home Health Agency in San Diego, Kerry Pawl, DPT has encouraged his employees to utilize the IM system to keep in contact with their clients. He says that, "the relationships that are formed from this type of regular communication seems to lead directly to new referrals and recommendations for us on a regular basis."

FIZIO will be available at no charge for health care professionals beginning October 12. Free memberships are available at http://www.fizio.com, or by calling 800-904-3121. A premium membership, available for $9.95 a month, allows the practitioner to send out an unlimited number of home exercise programs each month, set up auto reminders for each patient, and to post job openings on the FIZIO website.

Physical therapist Brent Joseph has been testing FIZIO with active duty soldiers at Camp Pendleton, CA. "All of our patients have been impressed," says Joseph. "And I have noticed a huge improvement in their HEP compliance since we started using FIZIO."

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Jason Van Dyke or visit What is FIZIO to learn more.

About FIZIO:
FIZIO is a brand new internet start-up company based in Solana Beach, California. FIZIO provides a web based platform which health care professionals can utilize to create and send customized and personalized video home exercise programs to their patients. Jason Van Dyke, MPT, is the founder and president of FIZIO. He earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, FL and has been a practicing physical therapist for 10 years. Van Dyke is a licensed physical therapist in the State of California and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997.

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Jason Van Dyke, President and CEO
FIZIO
800 904 3121
jason (at) fizio.com
http://www.fizio.com
What is FIZIO (a short intro video)

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