Essential Apps for Physiotherapy
Recently, I was asked by a client to write a ‘wish list’ of apps for physiotherapy to use (both for clients and for professional practice) as well as both iOS and Android.
As service providers in the health-care sector, mobile devices are being used with clients to help educate them about their conditions and the best way to exercise/use exercises at home. It is also helping physiotherapists manage client notes and plan for future sessions with their clients.
Apps for Physiotherapy
I also found this Google Sites website which has plenty of apps broken down into different areas such as anatomy, exercise, guidelines, medial apps and apps for patients.
Here are my 5 Top Online Tools (next article will be Top 5 Mobile Apps)
Organisation and Productivity:
With more and more paperwork being required of a service provider (especially in the health care sector) it is important to manage both digital and paper files. If you can make the workflow less of an issue (i.e. rather than having to type up the report later), be able to take some notes on the go.
Arthur Lee from www.chestphysio.com.au
‘I use this to schedule emails. Sometimes in a bid to stay as connected as possible to patients we give out our emails. If an email comes after hours or on days off I schedule it to go the next time I’m in the office. I want to be accessible to patients but not foster the expectation that I will reply 24/7.’
This is a great email reminder tool to help with following up certain emails. Just use (time @followupthen.com in either the three email fields.
If you use BCC: You will receive a followup regarding the email, but we won’t bug the original recipient.
If you use TO: Send an email to your future self.
If you use CC: Schedule a reminder for you and the recipient.
With some practices being spread over several locations, consistency in files is vital. Dropbox is great to use both for a desktop version, mobile as well as online. Being able to access images, documents, videos and share among colleagues and admin is a vital tool to running a practice.
‘If this, then that’. This website helps creates ‘recipes’ between two online tools such as Evernote, Dropbox, GMail and the list goes on.
Here is one example: I would like to save my Gmail attatchments(If this) in my ‘Dropbox (then that) folder. I use it personally to save tweets from @megsamanda into Evernote (any time my name is mentioned) as a way of personal reference and research.
Evernote can be explained like a ‘Digital Filing Cabinet’. It’s great for keeping digital records of receipts (handy for tax time), voice recordings for client records and handwritten notes which you can scan for future reference (rather than being thrown in the rubbish bin).
Evernote has three different tiers of membership. These include free, premium and business packages. The premium membership is very reasonable at $45 a year which gives you the ability to search thru Microsoft Office documents, PDF Files (and annotate/edit) over them and have a larger storage capacity.
As a service provider, being able to take notes on your mobile device and these be synced across all platforms is vital for keeping up with communication and clients records. It also helps with professional development and keeping up with latest research and practice within the physiotherapy industry.
These are just some of the tools that could be used by physiotherapists. In the next blog post, I will talk about ‘apps for your mobile device’ that are applicable to physio’s.
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