Physical therapy forms that are well-designed will impress your patients and prospects because of the professionalism they exude. These forms are usually customized to reflect the brand of the private practice. However, physical therapy forms must not only be impressive from an aesthetic point of view but for usability as well. Usability means in terms of ease of use and how the information will be captured and stored in the database.
Information from printed physical therapy forms has to be manually encoded and saved in the database of the private practice. This would involve the participation of the staff responsible for encoding to get his/her input on how the forms should be designed to facilitate accurate encoding.
For electronic physical therapy forms, data capture is more fluid because it is only a matter of transferring the information from the forms to the appropriate fields in the database. One key element in electronic physical therapy forms is the speed and precision of entering and capturing the information that is not possible in printed forms. However, usability is still a huge factor in terms of the patients entering the correct information to the appropriate fields.
Interactive electronic physical therapy forms are made available in the private practice’s website which patients can either fill up online or choose to download and fill up manually to be post mailed to. For those who choose to do it online, the interactive capability of the physical therapy forms can help in making the user experience more enjoyable. Required fields are highlighted and if invalid data are entered, a pop up message will prompt the user. There will also be bubbles like question marks that can be clicked for more details on particular sections. Usually, online physical therapy forms are designed for dummies which make it possible for users with little computer knowledge to fill it up without much difficulty.
Security of online data is a concern but can easily be addressed. Physical therapy forms can be provided with magnetic links, hallmarks and hidden IDs to avoid duplication. This ensures that only legitimate users have used the forms and passed the online security test provided.
Like any business, a physical therapy business has to use forms when dealing with their customers or patients. An investment has to be made for physical therapy forms. In this day and age, it would be beneficial for healthcare providers if they can encourage their patients to avail their online forms. It saves time, it is more accurate and processing is very fast.