Gainesville, Florida - March 2016 - OPIE Software announces entering into an agreement with the University of Washington (UW) to include the Prosthetic Limb Users Survey of Mobility (PLUS-M) within the clinical documentation tracks of OPIE Patient Management Software. PLUS-M is a brief, 12-item survey that can be administered and scored in 2-3 minutes. PLUS-M joins a growing list of valid and reliable outcome measures, now included in OPIE software.
“The inclusion of this valuable outcome measure specifically validated for the lower limb amputee population is a very powerful tool for prosthetists and we are excited to include it within OPIE Software” says Paul E. Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP, founder and CEO of OPIE Software. “Users will be amazed at the simplicity and value of incorporating the PLUS-M into daily clinical protocols. An accountable, value-based payment environment will require practitioners use valid clinical outcome measurement tools to measure patient outcomes, and PLUS-M was designed expressly for this purpose.”
“Integration of PLUS-M into OPIE Software provides O&P practitioners with the means to quickly and easily assess prosthetic users’ perspectives of their own mobility – both at home and in the community” says Brian J. Hafner, PhD, lead developer of the PLUS-M. Because PLUS-M is a self-report outcome measure, it captures information about the prosthesis user’s experiences that is unique from other types of outcome measures. PLUS-M can help facilitate patient-provider communication, support clinical determination of functional mobility (K-levels), evaluate changes in patients’ mobility over time, and document effectiveness of clinical or prosthetic interventions.” PLUS-M was rigorously developed using state-of-the-art methods and with data from more 1000 people with lower limb loss.
About OPIE Software
OPIE Software is the professional standard and leading developer of electronic medical records and practice management systems for the orthotics and prosthetics profession. The company was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida. The software is being used in over 1200 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. Find out more at: www.opiesoftware.com
PLUS-M was developed by researchers at the University of Washington Center on Outcomes Research in Rehabilitation (uwcorr.washington.edu) with funding from the US National Institutes of Health and the Orthotics and Prosthetics Education and Research Foundation. PLUS-M instruments, including surveys and a computerized adaptive test (CAT), are also freely available to practitioners and researchers via the PLUS-M website (www.plus-m.org).
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