The Benefits of Speech Recognition in the Medical World

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Helping Medical Offices Save Both Time and Money

Given the demands on healthcare providers to document patient encounters electronically through EHR/EMR (Electronic Health Record/Electronic Medical Record) systems, physicians have very little time to spare, which is why their preference is to document the patient encounter by simply speaking. Many providers find that they need to change their behavior and use specific point-and-click templates, thus limiting their options and making it more difficult and time-consuming to document the critical information and data they need to capture and communicate about the patient.

To offset these challenges, front-end speech recognition narrative documentation tools are extremely workflow friendly and allow the whole story to be easily and quickly communicated by the provider either during or between the point of contact with the patient.

Speech recognition technologies such as Fluency Direct and Dragon also incorporate speech understanding technologies which are easy to use and adopt because they process conversational input, recognizing nearly all dialects, accents, dictation habits and speaking preferences. More importantly they understand the language of medical specialties, medical terminology and medications which improves the documentation narrative. Both also incorporate many time-saving tools like a customizable dictionary, commands, abbreviations and selection of one’s medical specialty for improved accuracy.

This ability to capture and cultivate a more complete patient story at the point of care or between time constrained appointments within an EHR will and does undoubtedly improve productivity and patient care. The result is significant improvements in completed document encounter turnaround times without the overhead of self-typing, manual transcription or costly scribes.

Benefits of speech recognition aiding patient documentation in EHR/EMR systems:

  • Improved productivity and document accuracy
  • Quality of patient electronic documentation improves as providers use speech recognition in the narrative of their documentation
  • Quicker turnaround times improving patient care and its associated coordination
  • Produces higher-quality documentation
  • Reduces transcription and associated overhead costs
  • Creates better utilization of healthcare provider’s intellectual capital and use of time
  • Reduces caregivers stress and improves overall morale
  • Promotes EHR/EMR adoption and use
  • Improves communication with referring physicians
  • Enhances collaborative efforts
  • Improves and substantiates higher and more timely insurance reimbursements
  • Enables better evidence-based decision-making and diagnosis
  • It’s easy and is already something they know how to use