Physician says voice recognition facilitates meaningful use objectives

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According to Richard Gwinn, director of urgent care at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego, voice recognition technology can help physicians achieve meaningful use of medical informatics systems, reports Healthcare IT News.

Gwinn said the use of voice recognition software enables doctors to populate medical informatics systems with patient data more effectively, one of the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Systems’ (CMS) meaningful use federal financial incentive program. He added that the technology can also reduce costs associated with transcription of patient notes and improve operational efficiency.

The Rees-Stealy Group, which has 19 locations, 400 physicians and 1,700 staff members, implemented a medical informatics system prior to its adoption of Nuance’s Dragon Medical voice recognition software. However, despite introducing an clinical informatics network, records at facilities throughout the group were transcribed by hand, which was both costly and time-consuming.

Within 10 months of adopting Dragon Medical software, the group went from recording 6,182 progress notes per month in AllScript’s Enterprise solution to 19,020 notes, says Gwinn.

“It took me less than one-half hour from the time I first opened Dragon Medical to the time I was using it,” Gwinn told the news source. “It’s been a life-changing application. I go home earlier. I don’t have stacks of charts on my desk and the swelling has gone down in my fingers [from typing].”

Allscripts has established itself as one of the leading providers of medical informatics technology in the country due to its interoperability with voice recognition software. According to Information Week, Allscripts’ clinical informatics solutions are now compatible with both Nuance’s Dragon software and M*Modal’s Natural Language Understanding platform.

Dan Michelson, chief marketing officer for Allscripts, told the news source that voice recognition functionality is an essential part of modern medical informatics technology. He added that demand for seamlessly integrated voice recognition software has intensified throughout the past three years.