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Can Voice Recognition Really Help Doctors

Voice recognition technology and its associated software can help to increase the efficiency of doctors by ensuring that they have more free time to spend on their patients.

It would not be wrong to say that voice recognition technology has certainly come a long way since its early days when the software had to be trained to understand doctor’s voices. Everyone had to speak in the same flat monotonous manner while trying to keep ambient noise as low as possible. But that was then, and this is now and today’s cutting edge innovations in this field have helped doctors and other medical health professionals become increasingly efficient at their jobs.

Voice Recognition and Healthcare

Voice recognition software is slowly but surely replacing the key role of the ubiquitous ‘medical transcriber.’ These professionals had always been responsible for taking care of the documentation and paperwork of both senior and junior doctors alike.

However, voice recognition technology now gives doctors a greater degree control over the entire patient diagnosis, treatment, and record keeping process. Once all the ‘middlemen have been removed from the equation, there is far less processing involved and all of these important documents are prepared at a much faster rate.

This means that they are ready for onward processing instead of the doctor waiting for a transcriber to become free and start doing his work for him. This way voice recognition software is able to provide better as well as much more efficient documentation.

A Drastic Reduction in Handwriting Related Mistakes

The nearly illegible ‘doctor’s script’ is arguably one of the most well-known features of the healthcare sector. Unfortunately, it can also lead to serious repercussions due to misdiagnoses and the administration of wrong medicines. Furthermore, indecipherable documentation can lead to important information being lost or distorted. Not to mention the fact that precious time is lost because of the ‘back and forth’ communication between doctors, chemists, and patients as they struggle to understand what the doctor has written.

With the help of speech-to-text software, however, documentation becomes near faultless. Not to mention the fact that a lot of time and effort may be saved because of the use of this technology.

Helps to Document Important Procedures

In today’s increasingly regulated world, documentation is a vital necessity. Hospitals need to protect themselves from lawsuits and the likes. This is why they need to document each and every part of the treatment process in as much detail as they can so that there is no ambiguity anywhere.

Conclusion

The above benefits are just a few advantages of using speech recognition technology. In fact, it would not be wrong to state that implementing this technology has to be one of the biggest and most promising investments that a hospital can make.