WebPT, the leading Electronic Medical Record system (EMR) for physical therapists, has announced the release of the WebPT Home Exercise Program, or what they’re calling HEP. The newest feature of the EMR system includes a library of videos, photos, line drawings and text descriptions to help patients comply with home exercise therapy programs. Managed and administered directly in the WebPT EMR system, HEP gives therapists the ability to customize and securely email exercise regimens to each patient at the touch of a button. Patients can then access their customized programs from home or on the go.
Most physical therapists provide patients with paper copies of line drawings that describe therapy exercises with the hope that the patients properly continue their therapy outside the clinic. This approach is both costly and ineffective. By using the WebPT Home Exercise Program, therapists can create programs from a library of over 2,200 exercise videos and other content to provide patients with a better understanding of exactly how the exercises are to be preformed. Studies have shown that video-based home exercise programs improve patient compliance. WebPT adds an additional level of convenience by delivering the program online. This allows patients to access their customized program from home, the office, the gym, or anywhere they can get access to the Internet.
“With insurances limiting the number of allowable visits for Physical Therapy, HEP compliance is essential for obtaining optimal outcomes in PT treatment, as successful healing is largely dependent on how well patients do their exercises outside of therapy sessions,” says Heidi Jannenga, PT, MPT, ATC/L, co-founder and COO for WebPT. “Once they leave the clinic, patients can get confused about how to correctly do each exercise. With the WebPT Home Exercise Program, patients are given photos and videos of their personalized plan, which can drastically improve patient performance and progress. It also gives them the new freedom of being able to keep up their regimens when they travel as they can access their programs from their mobile devices.”
More information and a very useful video on the WebPT Home Exercise Program can be found at: http://www.webpt.com/