EMR and Speech Recognition: Secrets to Efficient Clinical Documentation

Doctor Working on a LaptopMost physicians’ penmanship is illegible, making paper medical records hard to read and comprehend. More so, paper documents offer physicians limited space to write all necessary information. This gap is what electronic health information technologies, such as medical speech recognition software, fill.

These electronic data entry, analysis, storage and access methods are now gaining popularity mainly for the following reasons.

Storage

Traditionally, healthcare facilities stored paper records in warehouses. Although you can organize these documents in files, they still take up a lot of space. Also, paper records tend to decay with time and wear out fast from improper or frequent handling.

But, unlike these paper documents, you can store electronic files in a private cloud to save you space and the risk of wear and tear.

Lower costs

The initial capital you need to implement an EMR and build a stable framework for its support may prove expensive at first. The costs, however, reduce significantly over time, as the system needs little maintenance, unlike with paper records.

An electronic system uses less physical space, time and personnel to manage the records.

Easy access

If you need to share paper medical records, you have to retrieve the documents from a physical storage facility, then print and mail them, or scan and send via email. You know how time-consuming and tedious this process can get.

But electronic medical records enable healthcare practitioners to access health records instantly either via a content management system with a few clicks on a computer.

Every day, more and more patients are becoming knowledgeable about EMRs and medical speech recognition software, and how efficient they are to record, analyze, store and retrieve data that they are choosing to change doctors and search for one that runs his/her operations electronically.

It is clear that electronic health records are revolutionizing the medical world by improving medical processes and the functions of healthcare facilities in this digital age.