Being comfortable using an EHR system is one more thing travel PTs can add to their list of skills in order to set themselves apart from the competition.
Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
In recent years, the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) has transformed virtually every aspect of the healthcare sector, including how physical therapists interact with and treat their patients. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, provides information that those working in travel physical therapy jobs should consider with regards to EHRs and whether or not learning to use EHR systems is beneficial.
Few industries advance as quickly as healthcare when it comes to technology, particularly travel therapy. A travel therapist may be wondering if there is a need to become fluent in use of these computer systems, such as EHR (also referred to as electronic medical records, or EMR), and the answer is a resounding yes.
Becoming the norm:
One aspect of EHRs that may deter a healthcare professional is how radically different interacting with patients can be when using an EHR system. In years past, clinicians relied on paper-based records to make treatment recommendations, exercise regimes and other aspects of patients' treatment. However, today, cloud-based software systems are rapidly becoming the norm, as not only can EHRs lead to significant cost savings in the long run, they can also pinpoint potential areas of concern before they happen.
For example, if a patient has complained of inflamed joints on previous visits to their physical therapist, their clinician will most likely have entered this into their patient health record in the EHR. As a result, travel therapists treating the patient at a later date can examine the physician's initial notes and determine the potential causes of their joint pain. This, in turn, can lead to a more informed approach to patient treatment, resulting in a higher standard of care and more effective outcomes.
At one time, healthcare providers were free to choose whether they implemented an EHR, but today due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, all providers must migrate their paper-based records to EHRs by 2015. Therefore, in order for a travel physical therapist to land the best travel therapy jobs, getting acquainted with these systems is highly recommended.
A valuable tool:
Fortunately for travel therapists, many leading healthcare facilities adopted an EHR some time ago. Those working in travel therapy jobs in large metropolitan health centers or rehabilitation hospitals are likely using the system in their day-to-day work.
Another plus is that many EHRs were designed specifically with clinicians in mind, and some healthcare centers use software systems that offer additional functionality to specialists like travel therapists. Although using a computer won't help patients stretch their muscles or regain mobility after a surgical procedure, an EHR can be one of the most valuable tools at a travel physical therapist’s disposal when it comes to identifying underlying causes of patients' problems.
Most EHRs also feature intranet-like systems that allow healthcare providers to review notes and documentation relating to best practices, new techniques and a variety of other useful information that will help improve the quality of care provided to patients.
A competitive edge:
For a travel physical therapist unsure about whether to learn the ins and outs of an EHR before looking for travel therapy jobs, it’s important to consider how newfound technical skills will look on the resume.
Although demand for travel therapists has never been higher, there is competition in the field, especially for travel therapy assignments in large metropolitan areas. Being comfortable using an EHR system is one more thing travel PTs can add to their list of skills in order to set themselves apart from the competition.
When talking with recruiters or sending out applications to potential employers, a travel physical therapist should be sure to highlight technical skills as well as physical therapy credentials. The more attractive a travel PT can be on paper to prospective recruiters, the greater the chances of securing top travel therapy jobs.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.