There are a wide number of documentation methods in an EHR (Electronic Health Record) that medical professionals are becoming more and more accustomed to. From clicking, typing, speech recognition, and handwriting the documentation methods are vast and suited to fit the need of the individual or organization using it.

Doctors are becoming more and more accustomed to speech recognition because of the ease in use and simplicity of patient interaction. Doctors enjoy using the speech methods of documentation because it is a tool they are used to in their everyday interaction with clients. Gone are the days of transcribing doctor notes and medical records because doctors are able to streamline the practice by using speech recognition that automates into the data fields.

Some physicians and medical professionals, however, opt for other forms of documentation. Typing and clicking are options that can be used when documenting with an EHR. For most electronic health record documentation, there are many documentation methods used at the same time. For example, a physician may consult with a patient and document via speech recognition, while at the same time ‘pointing and clicking’ to capture data.

Data can be captured in a meaningful way that is easy to use and the most beneficial to extract at a later time using these methods. Today there are hundreds of thousands of clinicians using voice and speech recognition to dictate findings. Speech recognition is becoming one of the most common forms of documentation used in an EHR.

Some of the benefits of speech recognition that may also be found by using other forms of electronic health record documentation include the dramatic reduction of transcriptions costs and the reduction of time spent actually documenting care for the patient. Improved patient care is also seen when using one of the forms of documentation, in particular speech recognition. Patients are in direct contact with their providers and do not feel they are being neglected. Doctors report that they are able to spend more time listening to patients and less time with their eyes on the papers taking notes.

Some of the major health systems in the world use speech recognition and electronic health record keeping and documentation practices. From the United States Navy to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, speech recognition in EHR systems is prevalent in their health care systems.

Medical professionals recognize that the benefits far outweigh the cost of implementing these systems. In fact, productivity among medical professionals is seen to increase in most cases. Previous studies indicate that physicians typically spend 15-18 hours a week documenting patient encounters. When a physician uses a documentation procedure with speech recognition, the time is dramatically reduced. Some reports state that a 50% reduction in time spent documenting can be acquired using a speech recognition documentation system.

The benefits are growing and doctors as well as medical professionals are turning to a wide range of documentation methods in their EHR system. New advances are on the horizon that promises more benefits for professionals in the health care industry.