Electronic Health Records with Voice Recognition

Information week is running a story about voice recognition in e-health records:

The emergency room (EMR) software has drop-down templates from which physicians can enter information about patients, such as during exams and in providing data about medical history. However, the voice recognition software provides the e-records an added boost by allowing doctors to add details that would otherwise be excluded from the data, or has to be type in.

“Doctors aren’t good typists,” said Gude. “I’m a hospitalist who works at night and does a heavy load of admissions,” he said. After about five months of using the voice recognition software with the EMR, “I couldn’t live without it,” he said.

Patient medical histories “can be hard to template because they can include complex problems” that can’t be detailed through drop-down lists featured in the E-health record system, he said. By speaking in those details via a USB microphone into the system at workstation at nursing stations, saves time while ensuring “a clear clinical picture of a patient,” he said.

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