Electronic health records, or EHRs, have become one of the fastest and most efficient ways of keeping documents and dealing with insurance companies. To make EHR’s even easier, speech recognition technology has been developed. Its uses assist nurses and doctors eliminate the majority of manual paperwork.

EHR’s can be one of the best tools a physician can use to make sure their staff and their patients get exactly what they need when they need it. From all the data created from the average patient, keeping track of it manually can be almost impossible. A single patient can create a large amount of data.

This information is not limited to notes or diagnosis, but from scanners, monitors, and even x-rays. Every piece of information is vital, making the tracking of data essential to keep people, healthy and happy.

Experts in the EHR field have recognized the importance of the emerging voice recognition technology, but have continually debated on how it can best be put to use. How and when, exactly, should the doctors or nurses implement this on a day-to-day basis?

Even with these remaining questions, studies into the matter have shown that there are clear benefits of SR technology. The main benefits include a cut in waste, an increase in workflow, and more attention to the patients instead of their paperwork.

There are several types of SR technology that you can buy and download, but these are meant for individual use. Once files and forms need to be shared, problems can arise. By integrating SR into an EHR system, the input and sharing methods are quick and easy.

By combining these two technologies it can be possible to cut the number of deaths caused by medical errors. There are over 90,000 deaths per year related to medical errors; that is 90,000 to many. There should be no excuse for poor paperwork skills to lead to a patient’s death. Sadly though, it happens. Preventing this is the biggest benefit that can come of speech recognition in an EHR.

It should be understood that there is no perfect solution to this problem. It is all about finding the right combination of speech recognition, personal dictation, and made to use templates. To do some trial and error may be needed, but a good idea is to try a model similar to other doctors that you know.

Being able to use a simple point and click screen is going to be very helpful, but the bottom line is that it is not always the answer. There will always be important conversations between doctor and patient that will never be able to be transferred with point and click applications. That is why having a simple but efficient combination of the two is essential.

Speech recognition for EHRs is one of the can save doctor’s time, mistakes, and money. By using it effectively, it can even make room for new patients, which will mean higher profits for the clinic.