Sometimes physicians and healthcare facilities need to find alternatives to paying for transcription services all of the time. Our free guide explores key considerations.
You will learn:
• How voice recognition technology has improved over time
• What to expect in terms of costs
• Why cloud-based speech recognition is convenient and flexible
• Why performance tracking is important
• How templates support users
• What data protection options are available
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"10 Advantages of Cloud-Based Voice Recognition for Healthcare"
Hospitals and physician practices have enough to worry about with overhead, government reimbursement
changes, the potential for lawsuits and administrative hassles.With all of those pressures, they don’t need technology to slow anyone down or limit their options.
Medical facilities still go the traditional route and routinely rely on internal or outsourced transcriptionists to help document patient care.
Sometimes it makes sense to stick with old systems, but they should be questioned and limited when they’re time-consuming and costly.
For years, the medical industry has been warming up to the value of voice recognition solutions. It just makes sense. Why type what you can simply speak at a much quicker pace?
Fortunately, technology has improved even beyond voice recognition products that are often installed at each workstation.
Today, cloud-based voice recognition products like iScribe Healthcare provide the efficiencies of older speech technologies while offering significant productivity and cost advantages. Additionally, a user isn’t bound to one computer and cloud-based solutions aren’t a burden on IT departments.
At the end of the day, cloud-based voice recognition software helps the bottom line and ensures that physicians can do what they do best – care for more patients. Technology should support medical professionals, not weigh them down.
Doctors simply expect more from the technologies they’re expected to embrace. Their sentiment about technology and their dedication to patient care is undeniable in recent surveys and studies:
For example, in a 2015 PerfectServe survey conducted by Harris Poll, 69% of clinicians indicated that patient care is delayed while they wait for to receive important patient records.
Jackson Healthcare tracks physicians, asking why they leave private practices for jobs with hospitals. In its “Physician Practice Trends 2014” report, the healthcare staffing company found that “thirty-three percent said they wanted to be a doctor, not a businessperson.”
A 2014 study commissioned by The Physicians Foundation found that 85% of physicians had implemented a medical record (EMR) system. However, about half believe the “EMR has actually distracted them from patient care services.”
Similarly, nearly 70% of physicians said their electronic health record (EHR) systems were not “worth it,” according to the “2014 EHR Survey” for Medical Economics and administered by MPI Group. Doctors primarily cited functionality issues and the cost.
The loss of productivity related to EHR is the leading IT problem facing physicians and other medical professionals (15.5%), according to the “2015 Tech Survey” by Physicians Practice. The report notes that voice recognition software is among technology tools that respondents use (37.1%).
Here is a closer look at key advantages of cloud-based voice recognition solutions:
1. Save Money
As physicians become familiar with cloud-based voice recognition software, they can help save money for their practices, hospitals and other facilities. Transcription costs can be greatly reduced depending on how well and how often a speech recognition solution is used.
Voice recognition for healthcare is much less expensive than a transcription service. A physician’s practice can expect to spend $12,000 or more per practice, annually. The cost of voice recognition technology is much less expensive than a transcription service. Costs vary, but they typically range from $500 to $2,500 or more for one user at a workstation. But with iScribe Healthcare, The cost of using our cloud based platform could be $35 to $40 a month per user depending on the volume of users.
2. Dictation vs. Typing
Physicians already must embrace technology simply because of how the world communicates and documents information, especially in light of government regulatory and compliance requirements. Over time, there has been an increased demand for healthcare applications, including EHRs, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) solutions, and nonclinical systems.
The stark reality is that many physicians in today’s medical industry lack the time to see more patients because they’re stuck typing their notes and documenting other information with the EMR while typing 40 words per minute. As a physician, he or she can dictate 120 to 130 words per minute.
Typically, physicians accustomed to dictation will generally dictate over the phone, hang up when they are finished and wait for the transcriptionist to complete the document for the physician’s review. With voice recognition technology, the physician turns into a “correctionist” as he now sees what’s in front of him when dictating using speech.
Most physicians experience turnaround problems with a transcription service. Typically it will take a day or more to receive the document back from a transcriptionist. As a result, workflow suffers while tasks take longer, including referral letters and billing.
For example, if you look at the entire life of a report, then a cloud-based voice recognition is even capable of providing more savings in terms of physician’s time. Without using speech recognition, a physician would dictate a report that would be given to a transcription service. Once the report has been transcribed, it would then need to be sent back (either electronically or physically) to the physician for his or her review. At that point, corrections would be made either within the EMR or just within the report outside of an EMR. In situations where a report has been corrected outside of an EMR, someone must then go into the EMR and make the corrections before the report is completed.
Countless workflow scenarios are more time consuming than using an EMR voice recognition solution given that the physician would dictate the report at approximately a 90% recognition rate or greater. Only appropriate corrections need to be made within the EMR. At that point, the report is completed with time savings that can support profitability.
You don’t need to rely on a particular computer to use cloud-based voice recognition software. No matter what floor or building clinicians work on throughout the day or week, they can use any number of computers with Internet access. A truly web based speech recognition system is not tied to the physician, EMR/EHR or even the location. In other words, with a single license you can use it at any location and with any EMR/EHR. It’s the ultimate in terms of flexibility. Additionally, there is no need to load software or run an application, which is why hardware requirements are minimal.
Cost considerations also include how many of the physician's office stations will need voice recognition technology that’s installed on each computer. Cloud-based solutions are much more economical than the traditional workstation licensing model. Web-based speech recognition also allows for a different method of payment in some cases, including options like pay-as-you-go models. It’s invaluable because of the need for flexibility with staffing and budget forecasts.
5. Speed and Accuracy
Given the processing speeds of computers and improvements with input devices, cloud-based voice recognition software can perform well. Many EMR’s are speech-enabled as physicians can navigate the application with voice commands. Speech recognition enabled EMR is much better due to the progress of medical speech recognition technology. Today’s microphones are designed to reduce the amount of background noise, which will in turn improve speech accuracy.
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