EMR Expert and Physical Therapist, Nitin Chhoda, Names New Advantages for Clinicians who Employ a Web-Based EMR System

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The deadline for medical providers to implement an electronic medical record (EMR) system is looming large on the horizon, but there are still those who are vacillating between a web-based EMR versus an on-site server-based system. Physical therapist and marketing consultant, Nitin Chhoda has extensive experience with EMRs and has compiled a new list of advantages for those implementing a web-based system.

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Unlike server-based systems, data transmission with a web-based EMR isn’t confined to the speeds of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and other professionals with which the clinic needs to communicate.

“EMRs are expensive and practitioners should be aware that there are free and low-cost systems that offer all the advantages, but without the high price tag,” said Chhoda. “They’re specifically designed for physical therapy practices, an essential consideration when choosing an office system that will be with the clinic for years to come.”

Both types of EMRs will provide documentation, electronic billing and patient portals, but the way in which the two deliver those services can be vastly different in terms of convenience, expansion capabilities, and the ease with which staff can learn to use it. Chhoda named the following advantages of selecting a web-based EMR over a server-based system.

  •     The vendor of a web-based system is responsible for security, backups, maintenance, IT support and maintaining HIPAA compliance. Clinicians with a server-based system must accomplish those tasks themselves, along with maintaining databases, workstations and networking, all of which are time consuming and expensive endeavors.
  •     Both types of systems utilize an Internet connection, but web-based EMRs are less affected by peak Internet usage. Unlike server-based systems, data transmission with a web-based EMR isn’t confined to the speeds of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and other professionals with which the clinic needs to communicate.
  •     A web-based EMR offers lightweight portability, allowing practitioners to expand their services into other venues for increased profitability. Both types of EMR can be employed with tablet technology, but a web-based system can be accessed from any location equipped with an Internet connection, allowing practitioners to work from a variety of locations.

Chhoda is committed to assisting other physical therapists by providing them with critical information to help them make informed decisions about their choice of EMR. One of the earliest implementers of EMR technology, Chhoda’s new information on the advantages of a web-based EMR is based on years of extensive experience with EMRs and office systems designed to increase practice efficiency, bolster patient numbers and boost profitability. Choosing a web-based EMR designed for physical therapists will ensure the practice has a system that will serve them well for many years to come.

Chhoda’s office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.

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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