How voice recognition technology can profoundly change the health care industry
Tue 01 May 18
This is a steadily increasing age of digitisation of not just healthcare alone but just about all industries, in general. However, as with all technologies, there are considerable benefits of using voice recognition technology, but resistance to change is evident as well.
However, the advantages are too diverse to be ignored. Let us see why this new age technology is all but set to revolutionise time management in the healthcare sector as it exists today.
Before the transition to voice recognition technology took place, most healthcare industry practitioners were effectively forced to rely on (sometimes under-qualified and ill-trained) medical transcriptionists. Some of which were not just inaccurate, but also relatively slow in their output.
Due to the fact that data was being processed manually, the element of human error was ever present and was moreover, roughly analogous to the proverbial sword of Damocles. Especially in an industry as sensitive as the healthcare sector where a single misspelled medicine is the ultimate recipe for disaster.
However, the advent of voice recognition technology is fast ensuring that the age of fully manual digital dictation is drawing to a close. As a matter of fact, the clinicians and physicians in today’s hospitals and other medical facilities do not have to wait for the transcriptionist to become free.
Now it is possible to easily and safely document all of the patient’s important data themselves on any device that they may be comfortable with such as their smartphones, tablets, laptops and even workstations. The transcriptionist will then merely have to proof-read the document and send it out accordingly.
Arguably, one of the best features regarding voice recognition technology is its undeniable flexibility. As a matter of fact, it is now possible to easily access patient data anywhere and at anytime. What this basically means is that one does not need to rely on just a single interface or even any specific device to access it.
Thanks to recent innovations such as seamless cloud technology, today’s healthcare practitioner is now quite able to share highly valuable data as well as information with others in his field regardless of the operating system or device they may be using.
Electronic medical records or EMRs are now been implemented vigorously not just in the U.K but also all over the world. When such EMRs are seamlessly merged with voice recognition technology, it has been known to increase productivity all across the board, thereby leading to a massive and substantial increase in the doctors’ ability to be able to interact with more patients than they'd previously been able to.
In fact, thanks to voice recognition technology, physicians, clinicians and other health care workers who document healthcare through voice transcription are now able to attend to considerably more patients than ever before.
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