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The use of voice recognition software in conjunction with an in-house EHR system can deliver many benefits related to clinical documentation. The practice can save time, develop more detailed documentation, comply more fully with government regulations, improve overall care, and even find additional time for patient visits.
Voice recognition combines the best of all worlds. It allows the provider to continue to use the time-efficient method of speaking over typing, yet still provides the benefits of instant viewing and access. The provider can immediately review the results of the charting session, correct any errors and fill in any missing pieces without having to rely on written notes or memory. Once the system learns to recognize a particular voice pattern, there are far fewer errors than a human typist – either the provider or a transcriber – would make.
Many providers find they actually slow down when dictating or typing on their own, but voice recognition has the capability of understanding up to 200 words per minute – the usual pace that most people use for talking. The system begins to recognize the user’s accent, cadence and terminology, and more advanced systems can even begin to incorporate shortcuts where the provider might simply say something like “standard symptoms of diabetes,” and the software will automatically enter all of the symptoms without requiring the provider to list each one separately.
The Benefits of Voice Recognition Software in Clinical Documentation
To keep up with government requirements and increasing documentation needs, implementing voice recognition technology may be a critical key to supporting healthcare providers as they become more productive participants in the clinical documentation process. Voice recognition can significantly improve the effectiveness of any medical facility, from a small independent provider to a larger hospital setting.
While basic health conditions are relatively easy to input using voice recognition, the technology is especially helpful for chronicling the story of the more nuanced, multi-symptom patient. Previous methods of dictation or typing might become cumbersome for these cases, but voice recognition allows the provider to simply relate the patient’s story in full detail to provide better insights and treatment plans. Other key benefits of incorporating voice recognition include:
- Increased accuracy
- Decreased turnaround
- Reduced errors
- More productivity
- Improved billing
- More revenue
- Lower costs
- Better care