Understanding Outcome Measures and EMR Software

Please note that this article contains information that is only relevant to American clinics.


In recent years, outcome measures and reporting tools, such as FOTO, have been aligning themselves with EMR software companies. This is because rehabilitation healthcare industry is changing, and at the core of these changes is a strong push for a pay-for-performance reimbursement methodology.


In order for clinic to demonstrate positive performance, they need to provide data indicating that they’re not only performing treatments for patients, but they must also show that they’ve helped them make a full recovery. And keeping track of this presents a challenge, because data collection takes time, and no one wants to do it manually.


Click here to read ‘Tracking for Success: Why outcome measures are essential to your practice’ on PPS Impact.


In the past, whenever someone wanted to compile outcome measures, they had to physically go through all of the assessments, SOAP notes, measurements, etc. and compile the data in a series of spreadsheets or something similar. Even when clinics were able to use a specific software to organize their data, they still had to contend with double-entry. But now that software like FOTO can directly integrate with EMR software, clinics are actively seeking them out.


Outcome measures and reporting tools that directly integrate with your EMR software remove the need enter the same information twice. You’re already filling out assessments, SOAP notes, and discharge summaries—you shouldn’t have to enter them again if they’re already there. This documentation can be funnelled into your outcome measures software and churned out into data that’s useful to your clinic.


So, in light of the government’s push for quality of treatment versus quantity of treatment, clinics are in need to apply the data acquired from their outcome measures systems in a meaningful way. Many of our clients are using FOTO for this.


FOTO currently has 14.2 million patient assessments, 19,600 clinicians, 4,200 clinics, and more than 3.7 million complete episodes of care on file. They’ve taken the key data from these cases and put them in a meaningful format so that your clinic can focus on therapeutic outcomes.


Click here to learn more about how to take full advantage of our FOTO add on.