Voice Recognition Technology Drives Cost SavingsJune 19, 2012
In the article Voice recognition software helps with MU, doc says, Dr. Richard Gwinn, director of urgent care at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, shares his thoughts and experiences with voice recognition software.
Dr. Gwinn addresses the challenges many ambulatory group practices face in a paper environment including transcription costs, illegible handwriting , and inefficient paper chart usage. He also speaks to the operational and workflow efficiencies gained through the use of an EHR system combined with voice recognition software.
The article references a specific EHR system used by the practice but it is important to note that similar results can be attained with many other ONC-ATCB Certified EHR systems. Medical organizations looking for the same operational efficiency and ROI can certainly do so by leveraging the expertise of an outside health IT firm if the internal resources of the practice are not equipped with the skills required to accomplish a successful voice recognition software integration with the legacy EHR system. Combining system integration with effective operational and workflows efficiency changes, other medical organizations can position themselves to accomplish the same outcomes as that of the Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group.
One other significant improvement realized with the integration of the the voice recognition software is Meaningful Use reporting. Dr. Gwinn cites that the adoption of the speech-recognition technology has enabled their physicians to focus more on patient care instead of documentation.
The transcription savings and operational efficiencies gained through the use of voice recognition technology alone validates the IT spend. Saving physicians time and enhancing the patient experience – priceless.
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