The digital health space is booming – and practices everywhere are incorporating digital solutions to keep up with the changing times. When beginning to implement virtual services, many practices struggle to find a solution that answers their exact needs. How can you be sure you’re choosing the right platform for your practice? Unfortunately, not all virtual solutions are created equal so providers must choose wisely. In this blog, we dive into the efficacy of digital physical therapy and the key components to look for when deciding on a digital solution.
Digital physical therapy offers effective patient outcomes
How effective is digital physical therapy? Several studies have been completed in an effort to answer this question. The results? Digital physical therapy is a viable option that delivers meaningful clinical results to patients that are as good as, if not better than, in-person visits. For example, a study in Physical Therapy, the official academic journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), investigated the delivery of therapeutic exercise, functional training, and patient education via telerehabilitation in diverse musculoskeletal and neurological populations. This study found that for those with musculoskeletal conditions, telerehabilitation is comparable to in-person PT and better than no PT at reducing pain and improving function. This same study found that in the neurological population, there was a correlation between improvements in balance and function in those with MS when receiving telerehabilitation.
An additional study in Physical Therapy found a positive correlation between improvement in functional status and frequency of telerehabilitation in a low back pain population. Additionally, this study found that when care was delivered virtually, either completely remote or as a complement to in-person care, function status improved with fewer visits indicating improvements in efficiency.
Why choose OneStep as your digital physical therapy partner?
There is a growing body of evidence to support that digital and hybrid physical therapy solutions bring a multitude of benefits to both patients and providers – and with that, a growing landscape of companies that offer digital physical therapy solutions. So, why should you choose OneStep?
We are committed to healthcare innovation
OneStep offers the most comprehensive solution for digital physical therapy and remote motion analysis. Our innovative technology turns any smartphone into a clinically-validated motion analysis lab. OneStep is the only platform that can accurately capture more than 40 gait parameters, as well as joint range of motion and functional movement assessments like the Timed Up and Go (TUG) – without any wearables necessary. It doesn’t stop there. Our science is so sophisticated that we can analyze patient movement throughout everyday life for heightened clinical insight into patient status and evidence of their true functional mobility outside of the clinic. Using predictive analytics, OneStep monitors changes in gait trends over time that are correlated with an increased risk for falls and notifies providers so they can intervene at the right time, every time. Providers working with OneStep can observe individual patient data as well as population-level data which can be used to see how a patient’s progress compares to others of similar demographics, or observe trends across their entire patient population.
OneStep provides clinicians with:
- Objective motion analysis data that improves clinical decision-making and patient outcomes.
- FDA-listed medical device technology that supports remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM) billing.
- The ability to offer remote services in their entirety or as a complement to in-person visits, opening up convenient treatment options and ancillary revenue streams.
- One convenient and highly configurable platform to prescribe home programs from an extensive video-based exercise library, review patient data, generate progress reports, and simplify virtual workflows.
- Enhanced patient-provider connection through easily accessible chat, video messaging, and virtual visit features.
We believe in maintaining the therapeutic alliance between patient and provider
72% of patients who use the OneStep app complete their entire course of care. This is not a coincidence, but rather because we truly believe in the power of human connection between the patient and their physical therapist. Clinicians can easily maintain connection throughout the entire episode of care using the chat and video features so patients feel more supported with accessible channels of communication for guidance. Research shows that communication between patient and provider is necessary for successful outcomes and patient adherence, which is why we work relentlessly to facilitate an ongoing positive rapport. Economically, why does this matter? Increased patient engagement leads to better outcomes, more satisfied patients, fewer patient drop-offs, reduced no-shows and cancellations, and more referrals for your practice. Furthermore, The APTA takes a clear stance when it comes to the delivery of physical therapy services through digital means – and it’s that services must always be provided by a licensed physical therapist. At OneStep we’re proud to stand by the APTA with our own commitment to ensuring digital transparency and the delivery of high-quality physical therapy, by physical therapists. We believe that technology is the most powerful when combined with the human touch of a healthcare provider – maintaining the critical therapeutic alliance between patients and providers.
We work with you to enhance your specific practice
Our team is made up of many talented physical therapists, industry leaders, and innovative scientists to create a holistic solution that brings meaningful clinical value to organizations looking to enhance or introduce digital solutions. The OneStep platform is highly configurable and built to easily integrate into existing solutions, such that we can help create a solution that addresses your exact needs. We recognize every organization is different, which is why partners working with OneStep are an integral part of designing their own solutions and benefit from a dedicated team that is committed to their unique success.