Physical therapists, ideally, should be spending the majority of their time attending to their patients and a minimal amount on paperwork and documentation. In order to achieve this, physical therapy software programs are available to help perform or ease other processes that eat up a therapist’s time; time that he or she could otherwise be using to help their patients.
The only problem is there are literally hundreds of options for what software you need, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few features you need to look out for when shopping for physical therapy software programs.
Harm Versus Help
You might think affordability is a good place to start when picking a program and this is not necessarily a bad thing. Lowering your costs is a good business practice, but cut too many corners and you’ll leave little space for your customers. Think about your practice and what your objectives are, and then check the price list after. You might not save a few bucks now, but it will save you a ton of headaches later.
Most software companies parade their features and show them under a good light. Best foot forward, of course! But too many features can be confusing and learning the ins and outs of the software could cost you the time that it promises to save. Essentially, you want software that can unify all aspects of your practice, but still keep everything simple and easy to understand.
From Documentation to Billing
Physical therapy documentation is important in tracking the changes and progress patients make. Your program should allow an easy and customizable way to streamline the process. Being able to create your own templates, and control what to put or not to put in your documentation is also important.
Additionally, this feature can also be tied to billing in order to create the best user experience and, therefore, the best patient experience as well.
There are many possible candidates out there that can help you and your practice to be the best it could be. Allow yourself some time to think about what it is you really need, and you’ll find no problems in choosing the right one for you.