I have thought moving to a paperless tablet would be a great way to go in the gym.
The up front fee would be negligible, because the tablet has lots of other uses.
However, I decided not to do so because of a learning curve. I feel that if I struggle with a few clients when Im beginning to use the new system problems may arise.
If you decide to do so Id love to hear how you do it and how the process goes. Perhaps using it for a few weeks to get the hang of it before using it out on the floor would be the best idea.
Hi Aaron. While I remain fairly ‘old school’ by using a combination of paper and my computer, I wanted to follow-up on Bryant’s answer above. I totally agree with him that when/if we make such a change there can be a learning curve, and so what I suggest and usually do whenever I’m introducing a new procedure into my practice is I run a ‘dual system’ (my old way of doing things AND my new way) until I get the hang of it. Yes, this requires MORE work initially, but it helps ensure that things continue to run smoothly and that nothing falls between the cracks.
I hope that this helps.
I’d say I’m 90% paperless. I switched to the Ipad in December of last year and have loved it.
I did it the easy way and found a app where I can use my same forms and just pull them up on the tablet. I also use a signing app where they can sign their forms (medial history, training agreement, etc) and then I email them a copy.
I use the Quickoffice app and the EasySign app, although there are others. My clients have loved it and it has cut my office time in half. I did try it out for 2 weeks with a couple of clients that I had trained for a year+ and I knew would be ok with me ironing out the kinks.
The only downside is that I can not create documents on the tablet. I do that with my home computer and email it to myself and then pull it up in the appropriate app. I’m interested in how the new Microsoft tablet will be in regards to creating material. Supposedly that will be one of the big benefits over the Ipad (though Apple may try to come up with some fixes to compete in that arena!).