Dictation making a comeback with speech recognition enhancements just in time for ICD-10
During the transition from paper charts to electronic health records (EHRs), many physicians were required to abandon their proven, preferred documentation method, dictation, and switch to typing on a keyboard or choosing from numerous drop-down menus on a screen.
What organizations may have overlooked during the transition is that voice technology, such as digital dictation devices and speech recognition software, is not only compatible with EHRs, but can be a more efficient documentation method, especially in complex, high-patient volume healthcare environments. With the arrival of more value-based payment programs coupled with the transition to ICD-10, dictation allows healthcare organizations to capture a greater level of clinical detail in physician notes in less time than typing or pointing-and-clicking.
Voice technology systems, however, vary in durability and suitability for healthcare environments. Hospitals and practices need equipment that can withstand heavy usage in busy healthcare facilities and appreciate added benefits like antimicrobial properties to fight the spread of bacterial and viral infections. Most importantly, these devices need to clearly capture the physician’s voice for accurate speech recognition transcription.