Although most physical therapy patients find filling up forms annoying, it is unavoidable. However, this can be made less stressful by making the physical therapy forms available online before the actual visit. For new patients, they have more forms to fill up so when they call in to schedule an appointment, it is best to advise them to fill up the online physical therapy forms or if they do not online access, the forms can be mailed to them.
One of the physical therapy forms that need to be completed is the personal information of the patient. This includes the insurance information of the patient and also the primary care physician or additional physicians if there is any. The patient has to sign the financial policy forms for insurance claims and to confirm his/her commitment to the treatment. The physical therapist alone cannot accomplish the intended goals without the active cooperation of the patient.
Other important physical therapy forms directly related to treatment are 1) the consent to treatment and therapeutic procedures, and 2) the medical history and physical condition. The medical history and physical condition is crucial since the information can be used for the current evaluation.
If the patient is a minor, the parents have to sign the minor patient waiver form along with the other physical therapy forms.
The information from these physical therapy forms are manually entered into the database of the clinic however, this data entry process is subject to errors. The encoder has to read the information and retype the data. A software can be installed to capture all the information from the physical therapy forms. It is inevitable that technology will pervade the field of medical science. Physical therapy forms software is designed in such a way that it can capture information in different formats. What it does is to identify and classify the physical therapy forms presently installed in the system. Next, it will capture and process all the necessary information.
As the process of data entry is automated, the accuracy is higher than that of manual data entry. Physical therapy forms software uses the OCR (optical character recognition) technology to read the printed texts of scanned images and then converting them into texts that the software can search and process. Usually, the form data can be exported into a CSV file which can easily be converted to other formats as well.
In a nutshell, physical therapy forms software automatically receives incoming forms, classifies them, captures the relevant information, process the information which will be validated by the system. Once all the information is validated, it will be stored in the database. This information can then be used for whatever purpose such as filing insurance claims.