Spry Therapeutics, creator of what the company calls rehab therapy’s first fully integrated, AI-powered EMR, announced the introduction of Spry Ally, a suite of AI-powered tools for rehab therapy. According to Spry, the tools leverage AI’s ability to continually learn as the suite dramatically improves the efficiency and accuracy of clinical documentation, patient intake, and billing processes.

From front desk operations to back office billing, Spry Ally is designed to shorten time-intensive processes such as securing and verifying patient insurance and obtaining pre-authorization approval for treatment, reducing each to single-click activities. According to the company, therapy providers can drastically reduce charting time—by 90% or more—with the new speech-to-SOAP tool. Named “Spry Scribe,” it’s at the heart of the Spry Ally package, allowing clinicians to document a typical patient visit in as little as two minutes.

“At Spry, the technology we develop is always a means to an end,” says Brij Bhuptani, Spry co-founder and chief executive officer. “We created AI-enabled tools not because ‘AI’ is a popular buzzword. We developed them because, as technologists, we saw the ways that artificial intelligence can solve some of rehab therapy’s toughest challenges, among the most common use cases.

“These challenges are the things that prevent clinicians from delivering the outcomes they want their patients to achieve, growing their practices, and making them more profitable,” Bhuptani continues. “The more we eliminate busywork, speed up collections, and increase reimbursements, the more we help our customers succeed.”

AI As a Clinical “Personal Assistant”

Spry Ally consists of four tools: Spry Scribe, Spry Capture, Spry Verify, and Spry Authorize. Spry Scribe is was designed to be the next evolution of speech-to-text in a tool that the company refers to as “speech-to-SOAP.” It reportedly not only securely transcribes patient conversations; it then accurately maps the resulting text to the appropriate sections of the clinician’s SOAP note, all within the Spry EMR. This can reduce charting time by 90% or more, according to the company.

Spry Capture and Spry Verify work in conjunction to collect patient insurance information and verify coverage with payors, adding the information directly to the patient record. Spry Authorize is designed to ensure each plan of care is approved for payment, setting a clear shared expectation for payment responsibility among patient, provider, and payor.

Proprietary Solutions Designed Around Clinicians

“One of the best parts of Spry Ally is that it’s built into the EMR, by our own software engineers,” says Michael Matascik, Spry chief marketing officer. “It would have been easier to develop stand-alone apps or to bring in third-party point solutions—but that doesn’t allow for the best user experience. Instead, our team chose to design a closed loop that keeps clinicians in their normal workflows, without having to copy and paste between apps.”

Looking ahead, the integration of artificial intelligence at Spry will extend beyond the current crop of AI-enabled tools. “We aren’t done with AI,” adds Bhuptani. “We see it as far more than a supporting technology for one set of tools. It’s now a foundational part of the way we think about our products and how they help rehab therapists be better healers and businesspeople. Spry Ally is just the beginning.”

General availability of Spry Ally begins July 1, 2024. For more information and to try Spry Scribe on the web, visit www.sprypt.com/spry-ally.