10 Ways to Improve EMR Adoption Using Speech Recognition

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Has your organization experienced any of the following issues after implementing an EMR solution?

  • Unfriendly user interfaces for documentation
  • Physicians spending more time entering data and working longer hours
  • Less time to see or interact with patients
  • Increased documentation demands
  • Less detailed narratives and patient notes

The latest advancements in speech recognition technology and speech-enabled documentation enable physicians to focus on patient care and maintain quality of life, while helping to meet documentation requirements.

Below are 10 ways speech recognition can improve EMR adoption and medical documentation:

1. Increases Adoption & Improves Compliance

Speech-enabled medical documentation helps to boost compliance by providing physicians a familiar and preferred data input method — their voice! By providing a more efficient method for data entry, physicians can quickly and accurately document more detailed patient records and enhance meaningful information.

2. Eliminates Data Entry Errors & Duplication

Some dictation and speech recognition solutions, like Winscribe, can seamlessly integrate with EMRs and other Health Information Systems (HIS), enabling physicians to have immediate access to patient information. With a speech-enabled EMR, physicians spend less time on data entry and have more time to focus on patient care and clinical activities.

3. Saves Time

Manually typing a patient encounter into an EMR is time-consuming.  Incorporating speech recognition with an EMR is three times faster (on average) and makes more efficient use of a physician’s time. Furthermore, it reduces the turnaround time of medical documents, so patients can be treated faster.

4. Improves Patient Safety

Speech-enabled documentation allows for more thorough patient records that tell a complete patient story.  In addition, EMRs powered by speech recognition can improve the timeliness and accuracy of data entry, as well as the speed at which patients are treated.

5. Improves Clinician Satisfaction

Speech-enabled medical documentation enables clinicians to spend more time on patient care and waste less time on input processes based on EMR templates. It also speeds clinician’s EMR usage by allowing them speak versus clicking and typing. Clinician satisfaction is further realized via speech recognition by allowing the clinician to narrate in much greater detail about the patient.

6. Improves Revenues

In recent studies, it has been noted that after EMRs were implemented, extra time was needed by physicians to complete clinical documentation in the EMR.  In turn, some healthcare organizations saw a reduction in the number of patients seen. Fewer patient encounters translates to reduced revenues. The lost revenue can be overcome by using speech recognition as a documentation tool in the EMR. Speech recognition speeds up the documentation process and allows for more detailed records, which enables better billing accuracy.

7. Reduces Document & Data Entry Costs

Physicians are an expensive resource. By providing physicians with speech productivity tools, like dictation and speech recognition, physicians and other healthcare professionals can complete clinical documentation faster, thereby reducing the data-entry costs associated with EMR documentation.

8. Increases Data Accuracy

Manually typing free text into an EMR can have a high error rate. Speech recognition eliminates the need for physicians to type lengthy EMR notes.  In addition, some speech recognition solutions, like Winscribe, provide medical-specific vocabularies and are highly accurate. 

9. Boosts Productivity & Efficiency

The practice of medicine is fast-paced and clinicians need tools that help them focus on patient care, not on paperwork. The fastest method for completing EMR data entry and clinical documentation is by speech-recognized dictation. Speech-enabled documentation improves physician productivity and documentation workflow, by giving clinicians the ability to dictate directly into EMRs, edit, and complete data entry efficiently and in a context aware manner. 

10. Creates Meaningful Information 

Speech-enabled documentation enables richer narrative information and more thorough records, as compared to standard point-and-click EMR data entry. A more complete, contextual, and meaningful record is created when an EMR is speech-enabled.  

Contact If you would like to learn more about the potential for increased productivity, improved efficiency and process improvement using speech recognition, please CONTACT US today!

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