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Transition to Rehab Management

Back to Class

Published September 27, 2013 4:01 PM by Karen Schiff

There's nothing like attending a Saturday continuing education class after a busy week of changing an entire electronic documentation system (which took about a year to create) as well as pulling outpatient appointments out of nowhere because of some type of virus running through the department. Yes, I really am looking forward to absorbing clinical information from our own professionals in the healthcare system. It will be a refreshing change and energizer for our physical therapy staff.

As therapists and clerical staff give feedback on our new "toy," computerized documentation, we are taking into consideration all their recommendations, where it is feasible, and molding it into something that's going to be world-class for the entire system. Backed by an incredible team of programmers and our own team builders who work in IT, we are supported and nurtured by all and continue to make the workflow extremely easy to use. Long days followed by nights of deep sleep have enlightened my director and I to make today, Friday, a special day.

I have dragged myself into the clinic today with all the fixings for "Taco Friday," including a bucket of virgin margaritas, with an eyebrow or two raised as the question is asked: "What's that for?" The entire staff has been magnificent, and I wish to praise everyone for all their input and effort, even the errors. It's because of the errors that we have found solutions to potential problems in the future for this healthcare system. Additionally, all the blood, sweat and tears produced are going to make the transition all the more smooth for our sister facilities in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, and Coral Springs.

Tomorrow, we'll all gather at our main hospital for a formal continuing education class led by Tony Milian, ATC, director of our U18 Sports Medicine program. He has arranged for the top pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers from our very own Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital department of orthopedic surgery and U18 program to present the latest evidence-based surgical and rehabilitation management techniques used to address hip and knee injuries in the young athlete. As I continue to promote education and modernization of our skills in this ever-changing outpatient department, staff members continue to grow in motivation and excel in their field. More to come on our growth and expansion as we reach out to all professionals across the nation.

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GREAT article Karen!  Yes, this EMR documentation will be challenging, however, I think after all the "bugs" are worked out, it will be extremely user-friendly!! When is "Taco Friday" coming to MHM Rehab :)) ??

Kim McKinney September 28, 2013 8:31 AM

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