"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

Monday, May 2, 2011

Breadcrumbs for Patients

Hansel and Gretel left breadcrumbs behind their path so that they could find their way home after their wicked stepmother lures them into the dark forest and abandons them.

Mark Ratliff creates electronic breadcrumbs with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) bracelets for dementia patients who wander off into city streets.

His company is Breadcrumbs and he is displaying his technology at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Tampa.

Mark also has "Dick Tracy's knockoff watch" that patients who fall down can use to call for help.

If the patient is unconscious or unable to speak, the watch will send an alert and help for the patient will be summoned.

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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.

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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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