Software to help universities teach EHR to physical therapy students
A web-based electronic health record (EHR) company is offering an educational version of their software to various colleges and universities around the country. WebPT, the company behind the program, is targeting physical therapy documentation courses and curriculum with the idea that students seeking physical therapist jobs will have to be well-versed in electronic documentation systems.
"It is important that students get the proper training with this technology while they're still in the classroom," said Heidi Jannenga, the co-founder and COO of WebPT. "Once they go to work in clinics, they won't have the same amount of time or training to learn on the job. In-school EHR training gives students and educational programs alike a significant competitive advantage."
Physical therapy students at one of the 45 schools currently utilizing the educational software will receive hands-on training in a variety of different documentation physical therapy job requirements. Skills such as making initial evaluations, creating digital flowsheets and completing daily and progress notes will make students more adaptable and informed in the competitive workforce upon their graduation.
Some of the biggest universities that have adopted the training program include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Texas Tech University, the University of Vermont, the University of Miami and Central Michigan University. The physical therapy program at Central Michigan University in particular prides itself as a top program that stays on the cutting-edge of the industry. According to mlive.com, the university maintains a 100 percent first try pass rate for the national exams, as well as a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates of its physical therapy program. Buttressing the students' technical training with the efficient administrative skills through the use of the WebPT software can only further enhance the ability of students to land top physical therapy jobs.
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