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Raising the Bar in Rehab

Filming Physical Therapy

Published January 24, 2014 5:11 PM by Lisa Mueller

Here we are, well into 2014 and I plan to use this year to fully embrace technology professionally. Now, you may recall one of my New Year's resolutions was to keep my email updated. Our rehab department has embraced the use of video conferencing for staff meetings, which has helped us cut down on travel costs for those driving from other clinics. I recently finished (with the help of my talented colleagues) creating online computer-based training (CBT) for part of our software functionality and was so impressed by how easy it was to organize the material, as well as record the directions for anyone to watch the CBT on their own time. Wow! 

The next piece for our department is to determine how was can use technology to better share research and treatment ideas. We now have a discussion board to post topics, attach articles and share comments. It's still in the early stages of development and I'm still learning to remember to interact on that kind of platform. The nice parts of the discussion board are that people can contribute to the topic on their own schedule, and some prefer communicating in writing to be better prepared to share their perspective. 

One recurring thought I have on using technology in physical therapy is how to educate other therapists on things like palpation, hand placement, or end feel digitally. Photos included in research articles are fair, but what about videos? I've seen some research articles include links to videos and enjoyed seeing the treatment technique that way. Are videos of exercises, special tests and manual treatment techniques helpful? And if so, should the APTA be the business owner of that product? 

How do you think physical therapists can best implement technology into practice? Tele-medicine? Tablets for use of improved digital documentation! Share your ideas below!

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