Physical therapists as essential healthcare providers
Studies have advocated that physical therapists can significantly improve health outcomes by actively participating in the primary healthcare domain. With more patients succumbing to the pain of musculoskeletal disorders, soaring healthcare costs, increasing rate of readmissions and limited capacity of care facilities, it is important that physical therapists serve alongside the primary care providers.
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) advocates that physical therapy and exercise are “the best, most effective and long-lasting treatments for chronic pain”.
Physical therapists have the capability to attain health goals by not only treating disorders but also by preventing severe conditions and diseases.
In a PTJ Podcast, Jason Falvey , board-certified clinical specialist in geriatric physical therapy, argued that physical therapy services protect patients from hospitalizations and readmissions.
CMS estimates that 20% of old people have unplanned hospital readmissions which annually adds 2.6 billion dollars to healthcare costs. According to the research, “Role of Physical Therapists in Reducing Hospital Readmissions”, it is very important to involve physical therapists in ongoing self-management needs in acute-care settings as they can timely educate patients about their mobility issues especially the older patients.
Digital healthcare platforms such as BlueJay Mobile Health have been working to improve the healthcare outcomes by providing easy access to physical therapists to connect with their patients. With virtual care system, PTs can remotely treat and monitor the progress of their patients and can help them manage their pains themselves.
BlueJayEngage enables Physical therapists to
• conduct regular online video consultations,
• provide education resources
• prescribe home exercise programs
so, they can effectively
• lower healthcare costs
• reduce readmissions
• achieve better outcomes
• decrease surgical consultations
• improve patient satisfaction