Some people have asked why we require clinicians to have a clinic affiliation to save prescriptions and patients. Here is why and some more information about how clinics, clinicians and patients are linked:
If you think about the real world, patients come to clinics to get their issues treated. Sometimes they are looking for a particular clinician but that clinician works in a clinic. The clinic might be ‘virtual’ as in the case of clinicians who do only home visits or it is contained within some bigger organization but it still exists from an accounting and legal standpoint. In clinics with multiple clinicians, there exists the potential that a patient might see several different clinicians. Maybe their regular clinician is out sick or on vacation or something like that so the patient sees someone else who looks at the patient’s past treatments and treatment plan and continues that patient’s care. Clinicians might also be associated with several clinics. They might spend time in several different locations owned by the same company or in several different organizations’ clinics. So, for example, they are at the local hospital treating surgical patients on Monday and Tuesday and spend the rest of the time at a private clinic treating injured athletes. Maybe on Friday nights they help out with the local high school football team (which is not associated with the hospital or the private clinic).
The picture might look like this:
Within Move-Rx, patients are associated with the clinic. Within that clinic, any affiliated clinician can share patients (so thy can cover for absent clinicians) with any other affiliated clinician. So, in the picture, all the clinicians (standing around with hands in pockets) can see all the patients (who all look the same and have the same problems). There is a similar, but different, set of patients for Clinic B and Clinic A but only those clinicians affiliated with those clinics have access to those patients.
This relationship helps protect the information collected about patients (the information stays within the “walls” of the clinic) and it helps facilitate the natural movement of clinicians from clinic to clinic. As a clinic gains and loses clinicians the patient pool isn’t affected. Clinicians are not limited to using Move-Rx with their saved protocols and custom exercise descriptions in one clinic. They can take those with them from clinic to clinic like any tool or knowledge that defines them as a clinician. They can’t take patients with them, just like they can’t take patients out of one clinic and move them to another.
So, to allow all this to happen within Move-Rx, each clinician has to have an affiliation with a clinic. Our example clinician above might be affiliated with the hospital, the private clinic and his own personal “clinic” for the football team. We don’t limit the number of clinics that a clinician can be affiliated with. And changing between them is fast and easy. For more on how to do that, see Work in Multiple Clinics?