Cipher Skin’sBioSleevesare instrumental tools for improving patient care and documentation workflows, which saves time, improves billing processes and delivers better patient experiences.  

Many physical therapists wish they could spend less time on documentationand more time working directly with their patients. Documentationneeds have onlyincreasedover the years, and now many therapists find themselves combing through piles of paperwork and tapping data into a computer for hours each day after all theirpatients have gone home.  

There are important reasons for a therapist to have accurate documentation, of course.A therapist needs to

  • Document functional loss 
  • Document specifics about prior functional levels 
  • Establish a home exercise program with clear goals, and monitor compliance 

Consistently doing these things as part of a daily workflow is critical to justify skilled interventions, ensure smooth communication with other providers and legally protect oneself as a professional.

Many physical therapy evaluation codes are untimed, and it can be easy to fail to account for the extra time that goes into testing and documentation, leaving money on the table.Improved documentation is an effective way to ensure that money is not lost to inefficient or error-prone workflow practices.  

Point-of-service documentation is a critical pieceto improving thisprocess. By efficiently tracking data taken during patient interactions, a therapistis able tosave time, deliver better care, and accurately track and bill for everything that happens in a session.  

There is an art to doing this dynamically during a patient session, andexperienced therapists are skilled in taking notes in the brief momentswhile a client is holding a prolonged stretch or doing a cardio warmup.Introducing technologythat streamlinesand reduces the need to jump back and forth from patient interaction to data recording is extremely valuable.   

Cipher Skin’sBioSleevesintegrate directly into a physical therapist’s workflow by automating common functional assessments and screening tests. The patient simply puts a Cipher Skin BioSleeve on and moves through their testing protocol with their therapist.Insteadof the therapist having to stop at every step, record a range ofmotion with a goniometer and then write that information down on a clipboard, every piece of data is accurately and automatically recorded in a secure, digital format.  

This not only improves the accuracy of functional testing data and improvesdocumentation, butallows the therapist to move more quickly through testing protocols while keeping their attention focused on the patient interaction, thusimproving patient care bydelivering a better overall experience.  

Thepatientfeels that the therapist is more present andattentive,givingthe patientthe opportunitytoestablishastrongerrapportwiththeirtherapist.  

CipherSkin’sBioSleevesalsoopenupanewlevelofholisticpatientcarebyenablingremotemonitoringoftestingprotocolsandat-homeexercise program monitoring. A patient can wear Cipher SkinBioSleevesat home andrecord every motion of an at-home workoutprotocol, orbe remotely guided by their therapist through the same testing protocols that they practiced in the clinic.All ofthat data, including 3-dimensional motion, is automatically recorded and stored.  

This enables better monitoring and documentation of functional changes over time,as well as improved compliance andgreater consistency intracking of at-home programs.Ultimately, it requires physical therapists to spend less of their time on paperwork,giving them the abilityto work more efficientlyandbill consistently for the care and results that they deliver.