We encourage FOTO

We encourage FOTO

FOTO and Why SygnifiCARE Encourages the Use of it with Our Providers

What is FOTO? FOTO is a medical rehabilitation company that has been providing patient evaluation tools and aggregate data for 25 years. Their outcomes management system measure provides risk adjustment, benchmarked reporting and quality management.

  • FOTO provides risk adjusted benchmarked rankings for fair comparison of rehabilitation services for clinicians, clinics and organizations.
  • FOTO is your answer for quality measurement and management.
  • FOTO database contains clinical data from clinics in rehabilitation settings, nursing home (skilled nursing area) and adult day-care settings that participate within the FOTO network.
  • Data collection and sample have been described in many publications (see Citations for FOTO Database). Briefly, patients seeking rehabilitation entered demographic data and completed self-report surveys using a computer software developed by FOTO {Knoxville, TN, USA) prior to initial evaluation and therapy. The web based computer surveys for measuring patient self-report functional status (FS) outcomes are administered using the computerized adaptive testing (CAT) and/or paper and pencil surveys were administered at admission prior to or during the initial evaluation and were administered again at status and discharge.
  • Care types include orthopedic, industrial, pain management, neurological, speech, wound, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Impaired body parts include shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, pelvis, hip, upper leg, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot, craniofacial, neck, ribs-trunk, thoracic spine, and lumbar spine.
  • Impairment Categories are gathered for orthopedic, neurological, speech, wound, cardiovascular and pulmonary, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Orthopedic, Industrial, and Pain Management Care Types are usually classified with an impaired body part. The exception to this is when the patient has an impairment that does not localize to one area of the body - a fibromyalgia patient, for example. In that circumstance, an impairment category can be selected instead of a body part. If desired, both a body part and impairment category can be selected as well. All other Care Types just include an Impairment Category (no body part should be selected).
  • FOTO's is used in all continuous states as well as several other countries.

FOTO's data collection process for measuring outcomes:

  • 1. Patient Intake
    Thorough information is captured in regard to patient demographics, condition(s) treated, and visit status
  • 2. Patient Status
    A status update is required regularly (at least every six visits)
  • 3. Staff Discharge

    After the completion of each component, FOTO produces a patient-specific report allowing you to access individual as well as single and multi-practice performance. The system then rolls up this outcome data by care type, impairment, clinician, practice, and organization, and compares it, quarterly and annually, to similar risk-adjusted data from almost 2,000 clinics.

For more information on FOTO, visit fotoinc.com.

"By comparing our performance outcomes against providers all over the country and against each other, we are able to identify each provider's strengths and weaknesses as it relates to functional outcomes and providing an exceptional experience to the patient. We have proven through the use of FOTO to focus on your outcomes provides better than average results as well as an overall exceptional experience for the patient."

Becky Crenshaw, executive director of Rehabilitation Network of Arkansas (Rehab Net), a physical, occupational and speech therapy private practice network in Arkansas.