WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA – It’s no secret that the ushering in of electronic medical records has changed the healthcare industry- most agree for the better.
We like to think of our Mavenlive software as revolutionizing the physical therapy industry even further by saving clinicians money in a variety of ways, namely in rendering one particular job position practically unnecessary: the transcriptionist.
To drive home this point, let’s look at the traditional method of getting a letter into the hands of a referring physician. The process starts when a doctor refers a patient for physical therapy rehab. The physical therapist conducts an assessment, perhaps prescribes some at-home exercises and may also schedule a follow-up appointment.
At some point, the therapist dictates notes from the assessment into a recorder, between appointments, during a lunch break or after hours. Then the tape is given to a transcriptionist, who types out the information. If there is background noise, the therapist talks too fast or mumbles when he/she talks, the transcriptionist may hit the rewind button several times to be sure that all of the pertinent information is gathered.
Sometimes there are technical malfunctions. A tape goes bad. A tape is inaudible. If it can’t be heard, the therapist likely will have to re-record those patient notes.Once the letter is complete, the therapist signs off and the letter is mailed to the referring physician.Now let’s look at the same scenario, only this time the therapist uses Mavenlive and an iPad.
After some initial set-up to lay out the information to suit each individual’s purposes, the therapist assesses the patient and enters information almost entirely via point-and-click. Mavenlive’s knowledge-based engine compiles the information to create a letter to the referring physician, which takes very little time. The letter can be forwarded to staff to be printed and mailed.
“You can virtually eliminate the need for the transcriptionist position with Mavenlive,” says Dr. Jay Winburn, president of Prognition Corp., the makers of the rehab exercise software. “Gone are the days of spending hours at the end of the day, thumbing through charts and talking into a recorder. With Mavenlive, all of the information is a click away, as is the ability of getting that information into a letter format.”
Besides saving money by perhaps eliminating the need for a transcriptionist, having the ability to get through a patient assessment using the iPad/point-and-click method also results in a huge time savings.
Mavenlive users continue to comment on how nice it is to have all the necessary information entered at the point of care, and easily recalled whenever it’s convenient, Winburn says. Referral letters and other documentation can be created quickly and easily, and when used on something portable such as a tablet, this task can be done at the office, or in the comfort of your home.
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