Voice recognition links users to cell phones, computers and other gadgets in a new and intimate way. Done well, it smoothes and speeds tech interfaces and applications across industries. Check out these ways voice tech is already active in healthcare.
In May, a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggested that follow-up calls to patients with diabetes using interactive voice recognition tech could help spot triggers, like high or low blood sugar. That study was part of a wave of recent research supporting the benefits of telemedicine for clinical follow up and chronic disease management.
When Army doctors in 2008 were resigning over the late night and weekend hours required to complete their daily notes, the Army’s Europe Regional Medical Command in Germany adopted speech recognition tech. Doctors started dictating notes with patients in the room, which involves patients in their own care, and gives them the opportunity to correct what the doctor may misremember.
The same speedy transcription has helped other doctors achieve meaningful use standards and cut costs. Instant dictation eliminates the need for transcriptionists and has helped fill otherwise idle electronic health records at Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego with actual data.
The Sparrow Emergency Department Information System app for iPad includes patient tracking, physician order entry, provider documentation and discharge planning and prescribing. That’s all fairly standard, but added speech recognition saves time entering the usual information and speeds bedside processing.
Another emergency department iPad app for bedside documentation, this one comes with pre-filled chart templates that a physician prunes down for accuracy. Its unique design and use of speech recognition shaves about 4 minutes off of each chart, which quickly adds up in the ER, developers say.