Electronic Medical Records

The dangers of a web-based system.

By Adam R. Aitken*

When it comes to electronic medical record (EMR) systems, there are two types: web and app. Before we get into the dangers of the web-based system, let’s discuss, at a high level, how these two technologies function.

Something to Sell

Turning a napkin sketch into a residual check: bringing a physical therapy product to market.

By Michael Todd Smith

Most million-dollar ideas are actually worth a dime a dozen. The true challenge for inventors and entrepreneurs is making a million dollars, a few thousand dollars, or any money at all, by turning an idea into a product and getting it to market. Physical therapists work with the human body day in and day out; it’s not uncommon for a light bulb to turn on with a brilliant idea that could change the industry and greatly improve patient lives. While genius can strike in an instant, there’s a long journey to turn that napkin sketch into a residual check. Here are some expert tips to guide you and a few landmines to avoid.

With Friends Like These

“Private” in “private practice” should not mean insulating oneself from other practices and other practitioners. Put yourself out there to serve others and help them grow—and watch your practice reach new heights.

By Eric Cardin, PT, MS, MCSS

It is hard to start a business. It is even more difficult to sustain one. Moving from “I think I want to…” to “Whoa, I’m doing this!” and “Why am I still doing this?!” is a roller coaster of good and bad choices, mistakes and successes. Few get to “success” on their own. As in the Beatles’ song, we “get by with a little help from our friends.”

Follow the Leader

As physical therapy practice owners, we have the responsibility to help the next generation of therapists achieve success. This requires a learning process for us.

By Phyllis Levine, PT, DPT

The owner of a physical therapy practice is typically responsible for the management of the practice but this does not make them a leader. A manager is someone who is process driven while a leader inspires, energizes, and motivates. Many of us are probably content just managing; however, those who wish to lead need to be trained. We, as physical therapists, are educated to serve our clients. If we have the privilege to be in a leadership role, I feel we should aspire to be servant leaders and be educated in this process. Most experts in leadership believe that leaders are made, not born. Only a recognized leader who can “walk the talk” can develop other leaders. This has two obvious implications for those of us in a position to positively lead staff in our physical therapy practices. First, we must fervently strive to improve our leadership skills by modeling ourselves after those who excel in leading and then by becoming a role model for our staff. Second, we must recognize the incredible responsibility we have to lead the next generation of physical therapists in the ethical and moral development of clinical and professional skills. To accomplish this we must know what specific needs exist in our staff that require further development. Performance appraisals should be utilized to identify those needs. We, as the team leader, have a responsibility to lead them to a higher level. Our physical therapy curriculum gives us little education in this topic. Fortunately, the business literature has many examples of good, even great, leadership and the development process required.

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