For several years, I’ve maintained my massage practice records on a Tablet PC. I like being able to take my notes by hand, and once in a while include a rough sketch to note a specific problem area. My notes have been practical and functional for me, but are not a medical record.
Later this year, my goal is to turn my degree in Chinese medicine into a license to practice acupuncture. As both an acupuncturist and as a massage therapist, I want to be able to work with other health care providers where appropriate. I’d also like to see modalities like massage therapy and acupuncture better represented in mainstream quantitative and qualitative clinical research. In addition to their benefits in streamlining and improving patient care, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), also known as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) offer potential for improved communication between practitioners as well as expanded research opportunities.
Many recent developments have made EHRs available to practitioners even if they don’t belong to a large hospital or medical group. For me and others like me, the most significant development is that several vendors are offering high-quality, low-cost or even free EHRs. This gives me an opportunity to test EHR solutions for my massage practice even before I add acupuncture to my practice. This in turn presents an opportunity for new clients.
While I can’t offer free massage as incentive to help me test Electronic Health Records, I will offer special discount packages. I am looking for 10 new clients who will commit to a package of 10 massage sessions of either one hour or 90 minutes each. The packages will be $600 or $750 respectively – savings of $200 or $250. At this stage, I’m not looking for any special qualities other than a willingness to sample the EHR for 10 sessions.
If you are interested, you don’t have to make a commitment without being comfortable with me and my message style. We will set up an initial appointment that will include an intake of about twenty minutes. The initial massage will essentially be an assessment like I would do for any new client, after which we will check in for a few minutes to give each of us the opportunity for feedback. Assuming you are comfortable with your massage experience, I will offer some details on what I hope to learn from the trial and what would be different from a regular massage appointment. You may then choose to participate in the trial or not. If you choose not to participate, you will still receive the discount on the single massage, saving $20 or $25 off the regular one hour or 90 minute rate as appropriate.
If you choose to participate, I would prefer that you pay for the package up front. I understand that might make it difficult for some who would otherwise be interested in participating. Among my goals with this trial is to evaluate some of the patient and practice management tools of the EHR. Having the 10 visit commitment makes that possible, and paying up front makes it more likely both parties will follow through on the commitment. If paying for ten visits at once is not possible for you, we might still be able to work together to include you by working out a payment plan.
For this trial, I will be testing Practice Fusion‘s Electronic Health Record, and hopefully it’s Personal Health Record (PHR) component as well. Practice Fusion’s EHR system is fully compliant with all relevant privacy laws, including HIPAA. Your personal information will be secure and will not be shared without your permission.