The 2014 PT Blog Awards are here! Nominations officially opened today, April 7, 2014, until April 13, 2014. We will tally the community’s top 5 nominees in each category for final voting on April 14, 2014. The final winners will be announced on May 1, 2014 in a live PT TV webcast. The winner of each category will receive an iPad mini to help them continue to blog and advance their practice from the clinic or in the field!
The awards are meant to reward and recognize exceptional bloggers and to promote online content creation in the field of Physical Therapy. The categories of PT Blog Awards are as follows:
Our newsletters and updates have been quiet for some time while we’ve been busy behind the scenes working on new Therapydia.com features. In our never ending quest to elevate the PT profession and educate consumers about its benefits, we decided to create Ask a PT, a Q&A forum linking patients and PTs directly.
We’ll be circulating a new question each week. Not only will your participation get users on their path to wellness, you’ll be helping to build the physical therapy knowledge base and your thought leadership. Keep your eyes peeled for contests and other fun to come. Continue reading →
Mill Valley, CA- Therapydia, the largest online community dedicated to physical therapy, has launched a new tool to help consumers find physical therapists in their area based on expertise, ailment and more.
“We designed our Find a PT feature from the eye of the patient, driven by ease of use,” said Jonathan Shariat, Director of Product.“ It’s simple for users to search within their city, by specialty, or for a specific therapist. We surface PTs with the highest Social Pulse Score, our ranking of how active PTs are online, to the top, making it easy to find PTs who write the best blogs, have great Yelp rankings, and interact with patients online. “
Technology and legislature, a winning formula for patients Traditionally, a person could not receive treatment from a physical therapist without first getting a referral from a physician. However, many states now allow direct access to physical therapy treatment without a prescription saving patients time, money, and empowering them to find the best care for them.
As a company dedicated to physical therapy, it’s no surprise that the Therapydia team is an active crew. While we have the typical schedules to be expected at a busy start-up, we make sure to get out of the office as a team at least once a month to get some fresh air or try a new wellness activity. Given that our headquarters are in Mill Valley, California, we don’t have to travel far. This month we explored our backyard, Mount Tamalpais. After a rigorous hike, we stopped at the historic West Point Inn for some hydration, a game of horseshoes and an out of this world view!
This post was contributed by our friends at WebPT to help you jump start your marketing efforts during National Physical Therapy Month.
Typically when discussing electronic medical record (EMR) systems, people bring up the benefits of digital documentation: it’s easier, faster, and more organized, plus it looks better than the traditional pen-and-paper method. But that’s only the beginning of the great EMR discussion. The right EMR solution provides so much more than a just means of documenting effectively and efficiently. It can also help you market your practice. Here’s how:
According to the APTA’s Marketing to Health Care Professionals guide, 94% of consumers go directly to their primary care provider for pain or mobility concerns. Those providers—hopefully—then refer those patients to rehab therapists, which means referrals play a key role in your acquisition of new patients. Thus, in addition to marketing your practice to potential patients directly, you must also market to other medical professionals. And when it comes to any form of marketing, you should track your efforts.
Good EMR solutions take into account the importance of this, and that’s why they offer referral reporting. This feature allows you to attach the name of a particular physician to each patient he or she sends your way. Later, you can create a report identifying your best referral sources as well as those that probably need a little more networking attention.