"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

People use Health Information Technology

Some people are pessimistic about the benefits of health care information technology.

Some people say health care IT might be dangerous.

Don't bet against it.

Some people estimate a $90 billion return on investment (ROI) in 10 years.

Don't bet on it.

I think the return will be positive, maybe not in dollars - but maybe in lives.

I just started investing in health care IT: $4,800 for new software and $5,000 for a new server and installation.

We've been at it for one month now.

We're not quite there yet.

Reinventing the physical therapy chart electronically means I have to undo years of 'training'.

The hardest part is time - time spent re-creating clinical templates, work flows and data collection.

Time spent away from patients is lost revenue - that's another 'investment

I might be tempted to get depressed or pessimistic about the process.

I might not see a big, positive return on my dollars.

But, I'm going to keep trying.

Some people think computers will improve our future.

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Tim Richardson, PT owns a private practice at Medical Arts Rehabilitation, Inc in Palmetto, Florida. The clinic website is at MedicalArtsRehab.com.

Bulletproof Expert Systems: Clinical Decision Support for Physical Therapists in the Outpatient Setting is a manager's workbook with stories, checklists, charts, graphs, tables, and templates describing how you can use paper-based or computerized tools to improve your clinic's Medicare compliance, process adherence and patient outcomes.

Tim has implemented a computerized Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system in his clinic since 2006 that serves as a Reminder, Alerting, Prompting and Predicting CDS using evidence-based tests and measures.

Tim can be reached at
TimRichPT@BulletproofPT.com .

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