An Electronic Health Records (EHR) adoption toolkit is now available at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website. Member log-in is required.
The site is divided into four parts for ease of assimilation. As described on the website:
- Decision - why there is a push to adopt EHR and an introduction to the issues that impact physical therapists' practice.
- Preparation - What you need for successful adoption of an EHR system. Also, what is an EHR? How does an EHR fit in your current environment and workflow.
- Selection - What are the available types of EHR software and hardware?
- Implementation - A smooth transition when adopting an EHR requires an organized approach and clear communication with your facility's staff.
"Although PTs are not yet required or incentivized to adopt EHR systems for such initiatives as Medicare's Meaningful Use Program, which in 2015 will penalize eligible providers that do not meet the requirements for "meaningful use," physicians and facilities that are included in the program will expect the PTs with whom they share patients use compatible EHR systems."In other words, physical therapists are not yet invited to the party but we need to get dressed like we're going anyways :)