MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital welcomed the latest ZeroG® technology to its arsenal of rehabilitation devices. The Aretech ZeroG® robotic body-weight support system was first installed at the hospital in 2008—the first installation worldwide. It quickly became a keystone of rehabilitation services for a variety of patients with a wide range of neuromuscular and orthopaedic diagnoses.
The technology provides dynamic bodyweight support for a host of functional activities including over-ground walking, sit to stand, getting off the floor, and climbing and descending stairs. The device was developed at MedStar NRH by Joseph Hidler, PhD. Today Hidler is CEO of Aretech, a medical device company.
The latest version of ZeroG® boasts some important refinements. “The new device includes the WaveLink communication protocol as an alternate method of controlling the ZeroG® when there is no WiFi signal,” explains Karen Hidler. Therapists utilize hand-held devices to control the interactive balance programs and games that patients experience. The new tool gives them a safe way to quickly switch connections.
A new dynamic fall recovery system called ActiveAssist adapts the dynamic body-weight support that cushions the fall for patients who may need assistance regaining control. “It compensates for those patients who are too weak to easily recover from a fall—and helps keep them feeling confident,” Hidler says. “And the new system restarts the therapy program automatically—therapists don’t have to restart the training session manually.” In addition, the newest version has been built to support heavier patients, up to 450 lbs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nov. 2, 2016 – MedStar National Rehabilitation Network recently announced it has implemented WebPT — the leading electronic medical record (EMR) software for physical, occupational and speech therapists — throughout its network of 50 outpatient sites in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Southern Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia.
WebPT’s cloud-based documentation, billing, scheduling and practice management software will help streamline therapist workflows and business operations across MedStar National Rehabilitation Network’s entire outpatient site network, ultimately allowing providers to spend more time with patients.
“The greatest thing about our therapists using this product is that it will allow us to be even more interactive with our patients and not spend extra time on the charting process,” said John Brickley, PT, MA, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network Vice President, Ambulatory Operations & Network Development. “This will benefit the communities we serve to an even greater extent and allow for patients to have even greater access to the services we provide to them.”
In addition to allowing therapists to quickly access patient charts and schedule future appointments, WebPT provides a suite of compliance features, customization options and business reporting tools. Through its partnership with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, WebPT looks forward to helping rehab therapists in a vast array of specialties provide better care and improve the patient experience.
“MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a prestigious player in the rehab therapy space, and we’re so honored to welcome them to the WebPT community,” said Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC/L, president and co-founder of WebPT. “As a rapidly-growing network of multidisciplinary therapy clinics offering a comprehensive selection of specialty services and programs, MedStar NRH needed a practice management solution that was easy to use at the individual therapist level, as well as easy to scale across multiple locations. The fact that their extensive search led them to WebPT is extremely validating for us as we continue to add more hospitals and large multi-site practices to our customer base of more than 8,700 clinics nationwide.”
About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia and Delaware
The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease and sports and work-related injuries.
Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, D.C., and at dozens of outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), as well as with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.
For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.
About WebPT, Inc.
With more than 62,000 members and 8,700 clinics, WebPT is the leading EMR for physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Offering a simple, affordable solution, WebPT makes it easy for therapists to transition from paper and outdated software to a user-friendly, cloud-based system. With WebPT, therapists, directors and front office staff all have access to their patients’ medical records anywhere, anytime. Based in downtown Phoenix, WebPT has a 99.9 percent uptime rate as well as a 99.2 percent customer retention rate. Learn more at http://webpt.com
Outpatient Facility Expands Access to Care in Harford County
COLUMBIA, MD – The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, a 100,000 square-foot comprehensive, integrated medical facility in Harford County, Maryland. The site opened officially on April 12.
The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus enables MedStar to consolidate its various Harford County locations under one roof, making it more convenient for patients to get their care needs met in one place.
As part of that expansion of access to care, is the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Bel Air Medical Campus, which will play a key role with rehabilitation which will include physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, cancer rehabilitation, orthopaedic injuries, and sports medicine services such as running injury clinic and baseball player injury screening.
In addition to this expansion of care, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network will also continue offering rehabilitation services at its existing site in Bel Air, called the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Bel Air Athletic Club, which will feature speech therapy and more.
The MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus site has state-of-the-art technology for diagnostics and medical imaging. Plus the benefits of integrated electronic health records mean patients have the added safety and convenience of their records being available at any MedStar Health site they visit.
Click here, to read more about services at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medial Campus.
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.
About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury. Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.
The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.
Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region. MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.
For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.
News reports circulating about the malware attack on MedStar Health’s IT system are incorrect. Our partner Symantec, a global leader in cybersecurity, has been on the ground from the start of the situation conducting a thorough forensic analysis. Symantec said, “The 2007 and 2010 fixes referenced in the article were not contributing factors in this event.” Based on the advice of IT, cybersecurity and law enforcement experts, MedStar will not be elaborating further on additional aspects of this malware event. This is not only for the protection and security of MedStar Health, its patients and associates, but is also for the benefit of other healthcare organizations and companies. Click here to read MedStar’s systemwide media release regarding incorrect media reports.
MedStar Health is deeply thankful for the hard work and determination of its IT team and partners and is greatly encouraged by the progress made to date. Thanks to their round-the-clock efforts over the weekend, our clinical and administrative systems are almost fully back online. We continue to resolve unique, site-specific issues on a real-time basis. Click here to read MedStar’s most recent media release regarding our computer network.
MedStar Health has brought SERA, MedStar's Virtual Private Network (VPN), back online, as of 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3. This enables physicians with SERA access to use MedConnect and other clinical systems remotely.
Thanks to the teamwork of MedStar Health’s 31,000 associates, as well as the expertise and dedication of MedStar’s IT and Cyber teams, systems were approaching 90 percent functionality this morning. With focused efforts on systems related directly to patient care, all three clinical systems are functioning. We cannot emphasize enough our appreciation for the support and understanding of the thousands of patients who have received care this week. Click here to read MedStar’s most recent media release regarding our computer network.
MedStar Health’s priority continues to be providing high quality, safe patient care, as we work to fully restore all of our major IT systems. Our doors remain open, with a few exceptions. With the dedication and commitment of our clinicians and associates, we are thankful that we have been able to perform more than 1,000 surgeries since Monday morning’s malicious malware attack. We have also been inspired by the continued support of our patients and communities. Click here to read MedStar’s recent systemwide media release regarding computer downtime.
MedStar Health continues to work towards full restoration of our major IT systems, thanks to the tireless efforts of MedStar leaders, IT, clinicians and associates—and the support of our patients and communities. Most importantly, MedStar has been privileged to provide high quality care approximating our normal volume levels, as evidenced by the 6,000 patients we’ve served in our hospitals and ambulatory centers since Monday morning. Click here to read specific ways MedStar has remained dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients and communities, despite the malicious malware attack.
All major clinical systems are working towards full restoration, following MedStar Health’s decision on Monday, March 28 to take systems offline to prevent the spread of identified malware and protect patient and associate information. Click here to read MedStar’s recent systemwide media release regarding computer downtime.