The future of speech pathology

Times are changing. Out with the old in with the new. Throw away the paper; bring on the external hard drives.  Every industry is being affected by the technology boom and expansion of electronic communication.

Speech therapy is no different.

The only thing preventing small practices, from becoming medium sized practices, from becoming large practices, from becoming huge practices (besides owners desire) is the number of patients! The more patients you see in a month, the more revenue you make that month. Pretty simple. It’s a linear relationship. If one goes up, so does the other.

Well what’s stopping everybody from just following the line…up?

Two things.

One’s something you can control, and the other is something you can manage.

One’s something you can extend, and the other is something you can optimize.

Any guesses?

The first one is your outreach radius. Who can you reach out to? Who can you provide treatment to? How far can someone live where they can still come to you for treatment? How far can someone live where you can still go to them? The problem that lies here today is that this specific distance… is in fact… an actual distance.  With many “keep in touch with old friends” video software making strides to being HIPAA compliant, soon there will be no reason why you can’t take your everyday video chat software and apply it to your business. For instance, FaceTime can be HIPAA compliant with the appropriate security configuration, CarePaths, and MedWeb are all compliant software.  From the over 100 SLPs we’ve talked to across the country, we were shocked to find only a few did this.  If you could grow your available market from a few hundred to tens of thousands, why wouldn’t you?  Telepractice is the future of speech therapy, so hop on before your competitors do!

The second one is time… Speech therapists are limited to the number of people they see based on how many they can fit in their day.  Ideally, their day would consist of 90% therapy sessions, 10% eating/breaks/quick turn on Words With Friends/bathroom etc. However, this is not the case. What we’ve come to find out is that around 25-40+% of the time is spent on paperwork. Paperwork. Why paperwork? Physically compiling, filing, and drafting paperwork.   We want to take that number and cut it down to size.  Notes and progress reports take up hours of your time every week to create and send off to insurances. We here at ClinicNote are going to change that. We’re going to automate that entire process for you! You don’t have to spend countless hours on it.  We’re going to replace your time where you were doing paperwork… and replacing it with what you do best… making a difference in someone’s life.

The future is here. Grow your market and get your time back.

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  1. Debbie Bennett
    Debbie Bennett says:

    As someone that’s been in private practice for 15 years, I’d like to adjust the expectations of time use a little here! Time is the primary limiting factor for everyone. We all want to be efficient with time. And we’d al like to maximize our earning potential. But an ideal day would not be 90% client visits! As my wise grad school instructors taught us, for every treatment hour, expect to spend about an hour in support work. Does that seem like too much? It isn’t if you’re using it well!

    Sure, some of that non-treatment time is report writing, and ClinicNote is looking like a good way to automate the busywork. But some of “progress note” time is critical for the therapy process and should not be rushed through or cut down. It’s the time we spend thinking about the session, taking notes, and gearing up for next time. What went well? What can I adjust to improve the next session, add or reduce challenge, tweak my responses to find that sweet spot where the most efficient learning is taking place? Are we ready to move to a new goal, or do we need to side step to a different treatment approach where the current one isn’t working? What materials or activities were a hit, or a flop?

    New therapists would be wise to schedule themselves plenty of this thinking, analyzing, planning, and yes, writing time. Leave more margin than you think you need, and you’ll never feel so rushed that you’re either chronically frustrated or chronically underprepared (because we know what THAT does to treatment efficacy). After a while you may spend less time in reflection and prep with certain kinds of clients and with longer term clients. But with every new client or less familiar disorder, it’s a great use of your time to be able to sit and think, review, consult the literature or a colleague, and plan exactly how to keep moving forward. This is what keeps us gaining skills and knowledge, becoming an ever better therapist, and feeling great about the greatest job in the world!

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