3 Reasons You’re Not Using Voice Recognition Software

3 Reasons You're Not Using Voice Recognition Software

You know there sometimes just aren’t enough hours in the day. But the good news is there has been an increasing presence of new technology over the past couple years. This technology has been designed to help save time on tedious tasks, such as patient documentation.

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of the day, you’re typing out some tedious reports and you think to yourself “There has to be a better way to do this!”

The fact is, you’ve probably thought about using voice recognition software a couple times. But, then just started coming up with reasons that it wouldn’t work.

We are here to answer some of these most common reasons we hear why people aren’t, or are afraid to use voice recognition software.

“It’s NOT Accurate!”

We will by the first to admit, years ago, yes, voice recognition technology was not very accurate, and didn’t always understand what you were saying.

However, voice recognition software has come a long way in a relatively short period of time, offering a 99% accuracy rate, and we are seeing more and more organizations everyday starting to implement it at a wide level.

For instance, hospitals across the country will make much greater use of voice technology in the next few years. Doctors and nurses often spend half their day documenting data, a figure that can be improved significantly with the use of voice recognition technology.

There are many things that have contributed to these advancements, and cloud-based services has played a large role. As technology continues to push forward into the future, voice recognition will only get better.

“It Doesn’t Understand My Technical Terms!”

True. But, only if you’re using general speech recognition to dictate medical records. If you’re using a basic “professional” software solution, you’re going to have some trouble.

Luckily for you, companies like Nuance have created speech recognition programs that are designed specifically for certain industries.

For example, Dragon Medical contains a medical vocabulary that covers more than 90 specialties. Dragon Legal has over 30,000 legal terms built-in.

And, if that’s still not enough, most of Nuance’s solutions also lets you import your own custom word list, which, yes, can include proper nouns.

“It’s Too Expensive!”

First of all, let’s talk about productivity. A number of studies have shown that the use of voice recognition software in a clinical setting, for instance, can save physicians up to 2.5 hours for every hour dictated. That’s a lot of hours in a week that could be spent seeing patients. Instead of sitting in front of a computer. Even if you don’t know the first thing about the medical practice business, you should at least be aware that seeing more patients equals more revenue.

“I’m Going To Hire A Transcriptionist!”

Sure, you can do that. But, what would you rather do; pay someone or some company tens of thousands of dollars per year, or subscribe to a cloud-based solution like Dragon Medical One and pay a small monthly fee?