Category: Health Policy and Systems
Objectives: Healthcare mobile applications are increasingly becoming an integral part of healthcare delivery. A healthcare mobile application specific to physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) has been launched by PtPal ©. This paper reports the utility and outcomes of this application in our hospital’s outpatient PM&R department.
Designs: Patients who participated in the randomized clinical research study (The effect of APOS therapy on knee and back pain NCT03171168 and NCT03167671) utilized the PtPal application for data collection of primary outcomes. The time-efficiency and the accuracy of entering data from these datasets was assessed.
Three researchers were trained to export data from PTpal. The time spent and accuracy of data extraction from PT pal was measured and compared to the manual entry of the same dataset. Time spent entering data and accuracy of data entry was measured 5 times over for the 30-point dataset for each of the three researchers.
Results: For each researcher, PTpal had no errors when transcribing from the application to Microsoft Excel for each of the 5 instances of transcription. For the manual entry, each researcher averaged 1.8 errors per transcription. For time spent PTpal had an average of 21 to copy and paste from the app to the excel database, while the manual entry took on average 74 seconds.
Conclusions: PtPal is an application which is more accurate and time-efficient than the traditional model of collecting patient information through paper questionnaires and then transcribing them to excel. Transcribing by the researchers was error-free as it was a copy and pasting method instead of manually entering from a paper questionnaire. Patient reported outcomes are integral for any clinic, and PTpal integrates the collection of data and creates a more user-friendly method of data collection. PTpal increases the efficiency of the clinic and the accuracy of the data collected.
Vikram Madan– Research Associate, Montefiore Medical Center
Sandeep Yerra– Research Fellow, Montefiore Hospital
Sadee Ghasempour Soleymani– Research Fellow, Montefiore Medical Ceter
Stephanie Rand– Associate Program Director, Montefiore Medical Center
Matthew Bartels– Professor and Chairman, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine