Improving Documentation & Patient Care Using Your Voice

Improving Documentation & Patient Care Using Your Voice

Author -  Beth Stapleton

According to a report from HIMSS Analytics, speech recognition technology is poised for the accelerated growth within the hospital IT market.  The current market penetration for speech recognition is 47 percent, with a 21.5 percent compounded annual growth rate.

Speech recognition has been around for many years.  So, why are we now seeing physicians and other healthcare professionals adopt these technologies at a much faster growth rate than we have seen in the past?

With the rise in electronic medical record (EMR) adoption in healthcare organizations and changes in clinical documentation, recent studies have also shown increased physician dissatisfaction due to workflow disruptions, time spent documenting information, software usability and productivity losses.1,2,3  

EMRs largely require physicians to perform their own data entry, which takes away face time with patients.  In addition, the increasing trend toward data-driven healthcare has led to a focus on point-and-click and templated or structured data entry that can overburden physicians with an excess of check boxes and drop-down menus that limit or remove the option to enter rich, narrative documentation. Patient health data benefits greatly from detailed physician narratives that describe patient histories, assessments, diagnoses, treatment options and overall patient analysis. This information cannot be captured through structured templates and data models without a loss of information.

Speech recognition and advanced dictation management technology can help!  With these speech productivity solutions, physicians are able to use their voices to thoroughly document a patient story - faster and in more natural (user-friendly) manner. This content-rich information can also be captured and distributed to EMRs or other healthcare information systems for further reporting, therefore enhancing clinical documentation within medical records.

The latest advances in speech recognition and dictation technology:

  • Are user-friendly and enable physicians to dictate narratives and other documentation faster
  • Integrate with EMRS and other health information systems to improve documentation processes and the speed of data entry, while reducing data errors
  • Enable physicians to speed up documentation by using voice commands (via speech recognition) 
  • Empower healthcare organizations to centrally and securely manage documentation, and use automated and intelligent workflows for data handling

 

Speech productivity technology continues to advance to meet the workflow needs of today's physicians and healthcare organizations to lower operational cost, improve document turnaround times, and enhance patient care.

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