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Working from Home

Published August 28, 2012 3:28 PM by Toni Patt

My current job comes with a perk I've never experienced before -- working from home. No, the patients don't come to me. Our documentation is Internet-based so I have the luxury of being able to write notes from home. Some people might say that is a curse, not a benefit.

Physical therapy is one of the few fields I never would have thought could have the work-from-home option. By definition, we have to be wherever our patients are and home is not among the possibilities. Nothing against them, but I don't think I would want my patients in my home. It isn't that surprising. Computerized charting has been around for a while. It wasn't a very big leap to Internet-based charting.

Several of the facilities I've worked at have Intranet functions that employees could access from home. These could be used for email, requesting time off etc. This is the first time I can log on and work. One drawback is you have no way to account for how much time you actually spend writing the notes. Some people write quickly, while others take their time. I'm salaried so it really doesn't matter. But it could easily matter to someone else.

Another drawback is the possibility of forgetting to write the note. I am very careful with this. Forgetting wouldn't be the end of the world. I could write the note the following day but that would make that day more difficult. Even with the best intentions, forgetting would be easy to do. Forgetting specific measures could be another problem.

I love it. I see most of my patients in the morning and write my notes during lunch. In the afternoon I finish my patients and, particularly if I have a lesson, leave work and write the note later. I know I'm only going to be able to do this as long as I never forget, so I'm strongly motivated to remember not to forget.

2 comments

Point of service documentation would seem more efficient.  

However, it would be nice to go home and not have the distractions and interruptions that a facility offers when trying to complete documentation on a friday afternoon.  

Jason Marketti August 29, 2012 10:28 PM

This could be a great convenience, or a big mistake. I worked for someplace that had this set up. What wound up happening was having my day fully booked for treatments and then having to write notes well into the night. In effect I was working 12 hours and getting paid for 7.5. I hope your employer is more ethical than the one I worked for at the time.

Dean Metz August 28, 2012 3:57 PM

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