Top Five Advantages of EMR Implementation Revealed by Physical Therapy Practice Marketing Expert

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Electronic medical record (EMR) systems for physical therapy documentation will be the norm by 2014 and many EMRs offer flexibility and room to grow along with the practice, but they also deliver a variety of other benefits. Marketing expert and physical therapist, Nitin Chhoda, reveals to physical therapists a new top five list of advantages when implementing an EMR.

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EMRs increase the rate of recovery on reimbursements, can be utilized to compare providers, and obtain the best rate of payment for a more profitable practice.

Nitin Chhoda said that the future of electronic health records is evolving and will continue to do so. They integrate easily into existing office systems, enhance patient care, provide valuable marketing tools and offer the means to expedite reimbursements.

He offered the following advantages of an EMR for physical therapists:

  • Patient-centered Care. Improved patient care is not only an on-going goal but will always be the main goal. Physical therapy EMR software offers immediate access to the patient’s entire health care record at a glance. Physical therapists can quickly evaluate treatments a patient has undergone and their effectiveness for better health care management, along with coordination of services with other medical professionals.
  • Public Health. Health information and data that can be used to track injuries and treatments for public safety are provided to physical therapists by the EMR system. Data can be broken down to ascertain the most common types of injuries by age group, location and other therapist identified parameters. The information can be utilized to create better treatments to benefit the public good.
  • Electronic Charging. Physical therapy software allows practice owners to manage billing, coding and submit reimbursement requests electronically. Practices must have a steady flow of income to meet wages, pay monthly bills and provide state-of-the-art treatments. EMRs increase the rate of recovery on reimbursements, can be utilized to compare providers, and obtain the best rate of payment for a more profitable practice.
  • Information Coordination. Chhoda said that EMRs allow clinicians and other health care professionals to coordinate treatments, and share information at local, state and national levels when needed to better manage expenses, treatments and payments.
  • Clinical Assessment. Physical therapy management is essential, but it’s a task at which many therapists need some work. EMRs offer a ready-made record that therapists can use to schedule staff where their skills will best serve the practice. EMR statistics will easily show practice owners where the clinic’s strengths and weaknesses lie, allowing therapists to make better informed decisions on hiring and expansion.

Chhoda’s advantages for implementing an EMR system in physical therapy practices offers therapists an inside look at how they can personally benefit. Enhanced patient care, better financial flow and serving the public good are all ways in which documentation software can aid therapists in their profession.

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

About Nitin Chhoda

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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