New integration capabilities recently unveiled by FOTO® Patient Outcomes, a Net Health® company, could potentially connect thousands of additional hospital ambulatory/outpatient rehab therapists to FOTO, enabling them to benchmark progress and predict patient outcomes using the largest database of outpatient functional outcomes in the country.
The newly released FOTO® Patient Outcomes application uses the SMART on FHIR (pronounced “fire”) application program interface (API) to allow rehab therapists using Epic – a widely used EHR system – to seamlessly access FOTO functionality while logged into Epic.
If you’re a rehab therapist who uses Epic, in other words, you can now administer assessments and view individual patient outcomes directly through the Epic desktop application using FOTO. This integration allows patient data to flow automatically and securely between Epic and FOTO, ensuring your therapy workflows remain quick and seamless.
This integration was made possible through the use of an application program interface called Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies on a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource – also known as SMART on FHIR.
FOTO® Patient Outcomes is currently the most comprehensive outcomes management system that can be embedded within Epic via a SMART on FHIR application. It can be found as an add-on application on the Epic App Orchard solutions site.
FOTO Breaks New Ground with Epic
FOTO has been the leading innovator in rehab therapy patient outcomes for nearly 30 years. Throughout that time, it has provided accurate patient benchmarking against rehab therapy peers nationwide, using both traditional measures (i.e., Oswestry, DASH, etc.) and FOTO’s advanced measures.
Since its founding in 1992, more than 42 million patient assessments have been completed using FOTO – assessments made by more than 24,000 clinicians in 13,000-plus clinics.
Until the release of the FOTO® Patient Outcomes SMART on FHIR application, however, rehab therapy teams using Epic – teams that work mostly in hospital ambulatory/outpatient clinics – could not access and use this powerful tool from within their EHR for the benefit of their patients.
But now, thanks to the seamless flow of patient data between Epic and FOTO, outpatient rehab therapists can effortlessly implement patient outcomes management within their daily workflows. And, they can do so using just a single login.
Improving Patient Outcomes and Care
FOTO® Patient Outcomes integrating with an EHR is not a new concept, but the ability to embed FOTO within Epic via a SMART on FHIR application is the newest technology from FOTO, providing the most seamless integration with an EHR.
With access to FOTO, rehab therapists using Epic gain more visibility into outcomes and are able to digitally administer, score and upload patient reports right into the EHR.
Through the integration and use of the FOTO® Patient Outcomes SMART on FHIR application, outpatient rehab therapists who use Epic can realize the benefits of FOTO’s industry-leading outcomes management system such as:
Improved Quality of Care
FOTO helps therapists gain insights that guide improvements as they care for their patients. It also enables them to measure the impact continuing education and mentoring programs may have on their rehab therapy teams.
Boosted Patient Engagement
Setting meaningful and outcome-based patient goals is paramount in outpatient rehab therapy settings. FOTO is invaluable in helping win patient trust and buy-in when setting these goals and, from them, establishing their plans of care.
When patients can visualize specific and realistic goals and track success as they progress through their plans of care, they tend to approach rehab therapy with greater urgency and motivation. For outpatient services, this leads to a reduction in cancellations, no-shows and self-discharges, resulting in greater patient success rates. These successes can then be promoted to attract new patients.
The Ability to Make Data-Driven Decisions
FOTO’s robust reporting capabilities can help boost the efficiency of individual rehab therapists as well as the entire rehab therapy team. It does this by enabling therapists, departments and outpatient clinics to make more informed, data- and outcome-based decisions.
Request a FOTO Patient Outcomes Demo
FOTO® Patient Outcomes is currently available as a SMART on FHIR application through the Epic App Orchard for use with Epic
Not using Epic? No worries! FOTO can be fully integrated with all major EHR systems.
If you are a rehab therapy manager, director or C-suite executive in the hospital outpatient space who uses Epic or another system as your EHR, and you would like to learn more about how your team (and your patients) can benefit from FOTO as your outcomes management solution, contact us today!
We would be happy to set up a demo to help you and your team learn how this FOTO application can work seamlessly within your system and your current workflows.