Digital options for patient wellness are here. Are you ready?
Some of the most exciting advances in physical therapist practice involve emerging digital technologies.
In physical therapy, as in other health care professions, PTs and PTAs are increasingly using innovative digital technologies such as mobile apps and telehealth to augment and modify care delivery in order to optimize clinical outcomes.
PT and PTAs can use digital health technologies, such as virtual reality and robotics and sensors, as an intervention.
APTA has a long history of supporting new technologies that promise to help clinicians and patients alike. In the right applications, technology can advance quality of care, provide clinician support, increase and speed access to services, increase patient engagement and self-efficacy, and reduce overall spending.
APTA has identified the concept of the digitally enabled physical therapist as a framework for addressing the role of digital health in the physical therapy care. Digital technologies can never replace the value or role of the physical therapist or the physical therapist assistant. Instead, these tools can enable clinicians to expand their reach, improve access to their services, and deliver critical data on patient progress and outcomes to ultimately drive improvements in care.
APTA is dedicated to consumer transparency and is asking digital health providers for pledged commitments that physical therapists are involved in any digital service framed as "physical therapy," consistent with term and title protection efforts.
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Nov 21, 2022 / Resource
This foundational paper is intended to provide APTA members with information on the current landscape of digital health in physical therapy.
Sep 20, 2022 / Article
As digital health technology continues to evolve and incorporate into clinical care, APTA has identified resources from the international community that can enhance your digital literacy.
Sep 7, 2022
APTA is asking digital health providers to make the following commitment: Digital "physical therapy" services are only performed or directed by licensed PTs.
Apr 15, 2022 / Statement
APTA maintains that "physical therapy," whether provided in person or virtually, is performed or directed by licensed physical therapists.
Aug 1, 2022 / Column
While technology shows promise for cutting-edge treatment, PTs and PTAs must ask the right questions to determine the best plan of care.
Additional Digital Health Technology Content
Feb 8, 2023 / Infographic
Digital health solutions, which are increasingly being used by physical therapists now, refer to the use of virtual tools to deliver health care services or enable better health.
Sep 12, 2022 / News
To date, nine companies have pledged that PTs will be involved in any services promoted as physical therapy.
Aug 14, 2022 / Statement
APTA President Roger Herr, PT, MPA, provided his annual address on August 14 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.
Apr 22, 2022 / News
SWORD Health has committed at least $100k annually to bolster the study of technology use in the profession, and to grow APTA’s PT Fund.