Physical therapists will soon be able to use ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to treat a range of disorders, including heart disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and many others.
But until now, their expertise has been limited to treating these conditions through the standard medical treatment of physical therapy.
Now, they can also treat conditions that have been largely ignored in medical practice.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the professional organization that represents physical therapists in the United States, recently announced that it is creating a virtual medical doctor, or virtual physician, to work with patients.
This virtual medical specialist will have access to the full spectrum of medical care that physical therapists can provide, including ultrasound, magnetic resonance, and physical therapy, as well as an understanding of the physiology of these conditions.APTA, along with other national and international organizations like the American Physical Association (APA), the American College of Radiology (ACCR), and the American Heart Association (AHRA), hopes that virtual medical professionals will be able, in turn, provide more personalized physical therapy services to patients and providers.
The virtual medical physician will be a virtual physical therapist, providing the same level of care to the same patient and providing the results of that care in a way that does not depend on any particular clinical situation.
“Physicians are already seeing the results,” said Dr. David Krammer, chief medical officer for the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest medical association in the U.S. The AMA is one of the organizations that signed onto the new virtual medical directorate.
“They are the ones that are doing the testing.
They are the people who are working with the patients to ensure that this is safe and effective.
It’s the best chance we have at improving the care of the people with chronic conditions.”
The virtual medical officer will be trained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), an industry body that provides a national accreditation to medical schools and other healthcare institutions.
AAMC, along in part with the American Board of Physical Therapy (ABPT), will be leading the virtual medical team.
The goal of the virtual physical physician is to provide physical therapy care in ways that are based on the best scientific understanding of a condition.
The virtual physical doctor will be provided with an interactive online platform that allows the virtual doctor to use the patient’s health data to tailor physical therapy treatments to the patient.
The online platform will allow the virtual physician to make informed recommendations to the physical therapist based on his or her unique experience and medical history.
For example, the virtual medicine doctor can recommend physical therapy for someone who is overweight, who has asthma or allergies, or someone who has a high-risk condition such as cancer.
The physical therapist can then tailor the physical therapy treatment based on their own clinical data.
“It’s really about being able to bring the best out of a person and understanding what they’re like, what their needs are, what they can do, and what they have that we can relate to,” said AAMCs Dr. Chris Anderson, a physical therapist who is also a member of the Virtual Physical Physician team.
The physical therapist will be given access to a number of online resources to make recommendations based on patients’ data, such as a smartphone app that will give the virtual health care doctor the ability to contact other physical therapists.
The app will allow patients to see their physical therapists’ contact information, schedule appointments, and even create personalized lists of physical therapists and provide feedback about the physical therapists that are working on their behalf.
“There’s really nothing better than a virtual physician,” said Anderson.
The digital health app will also provide the virtual therapist with access to an online platform where patients can share their personal data, including their health history, medications, and health history and fitness history.
The information that the virtual physiotherapist provides will be stored and transmitted by the virtual practitioner in a secure environment, so it can be securely transferred to the virtual healthcare doctor.
The information the virtual surgeon gets will be recorded, but will not be shared with the physical caretakers, according to the Virtual Physician.
The Virtual Physicians medical records will also be encrypted so that it can’t be viewed by other healthcare professionals.
“This is going to be an incredibly powerful tool,” said Kramming.
“We’re really excited to be able bring this technology to the world, to the communities that we serve and to help people get the best medical care possible.”
The Virtual Physialist will be working with physical therapists who have completed training under the virtual training program, and will be in the process of completing the program to qualify to be licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Florida.