One of the biggest headaches with EHR systems is that many are extremely difficult to navigate. Un-intuitive, clunky systems slow down your practice to a frustrating pace. One solution you might want to try is voice recognition software. You can dictate post-visit documentation and train your voice recognition tool to remember your personal preferences. But most importantly, voice recognition software can be set up for faster, natural navigation through the EHR system, especially when it comes to orthopedics.
How Does It Work?
Command-based responses allow for voice navigation options in the EHR, making it easier to navigate and complete tasks. These commands can be pre-set or customized to your needs. For example, a "Print File" voice command would open the Print window, click Print, and click OK. Voice recognition commands can also be used to open your EHR system client, jump to different parts of the note, and sign your note.
Many speech recognition tools can also be trained to insert repetitive text by voice command. This can save lots of time in orthopedics, where several common diagnoses are seen multiple times per day. For example, the command "Normal Shoulder Exam" is able to populate the note with six lines of text describing a normal range of motion, no pain, and no obvious signs of pathology. Setting preferences like these ensures the surgeon can move in quick succession between patients.
A study conducted in 2018 found significant improvements in satisfaction, documentation quality, and efficiency with the adoption of speech recognition programs. Additionally, steep reductions in monthly medical transcription costs benefit the entire practice.
What About Errors?
One of the most common concerns about speech recognition software is that it won’t be able to learn the clinical vocabulary necessary to complete orthopedic notes. However error rate is drastically reduced with a quick proof read. Since it is already considered best practice to review and verify all documentation before submitting to payers, a quick scan after dictating should already be part of a physician's normal work flow.
Additionally, voice recognition software learns the more that it’s used and remembers your corrections. As the system adapts to your specific voice and frequently used words, it naturally reduces its own error rate.
Exscribe EHR frequently partners with 1st-Dragon/Computers Made Effective in order to bring enhanced navigation benefits to our clients. You can learn more about 1st-Dragon voice recognition software here.
Another way to enhance your navigation experience is to use an orthopedic-specific system that's already tailored to your specialty's needs: