We could sing the praises of EMR until we go hoarse, but luckily, we don’t have to (which is a good thing, because we just weren’t cut out for vocal performance). Instead, we asked a few rehab therapy professionals to explain how their EMR helps them achieve greatness not only as a therapist, but also as a businessperson. Here’s what they had to say:

  1. It streamlines the billing process and cuts down on the time therapists spend filling out their charges.

    “We find that there is far less redundant data entry, and less time that our therapists have to spend filling out charge vouchers, and ensuring they match the notes precisely. This of course eliminates billing errors,” says Kerry Siman-Tov, MS, PT, MTC, of Archer Physical Therapy & Pilates Institute in Aventura, Florida.

  2. It keeps all patient information organized and secure.

    “The fact that data is encrypted and stored in multiple locations around the country to protect against loss and power outages pleased my computer-savvy technical advisor,” says Deborah Stack, PT, DPT, PCS, of Pediatric Therapy Center of Bucks County in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She also loves that there are “no bulky charts to carry home, store, or get misplaced!”

  3. Built-in alerts give therapists—and clinic managers—peace of mind.

    “I don’t have to worry that a therapist has been treating a patient for eons and not reporting back to the doctor, because the system prompts them to report,” says Andrea Viel, the office manager at Mt. Eden Physical Therapy Center in Castro Valley, California. “I don’t have to worry about going over the number of authorized visits or past the authorization expiration date, because the system does the prompts. To sum up, I don’t have to nag everyone all the time anymore!”

  4. Branded documents and reports appear clean, readable, and professional.

    “Faxing to doctors is done with the push of a button and our records look a lot better and more professional,” says Lauren Hebert, PT, DPT, OCS, of SmartCare Physical Therapy in Dixfield, Maine.

  5. Web-based systems mean therapists can document anytime, anywhere, from any web-enabled device.

    “I’m very mobile. What I like best is that I have access to all my PTs’ phone numbers whenever I need them. I also like that I can email or fax documents with ease through the program,” says Laura Burger, OTR, CHT, of Maui Hand Therapy in Maui, Hawaii.

  6. There you have it—some EMR kudos straight from the people who know firsthand just how beneficial such a system can be in a rehab therapy practice. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to ditch the pen and paper for good and take your clinic to the next level with EMR.