Speech Recognition in Health Care
Speech recognition technology, the ability of machines to recognize speech, is transforming industries all across the board, leading to greater and greater digitization, healthcare being one of these industries. In this article we will look at some of the benefits of using speech recognition in health care. While there is some resistance to this change, its benefits are too potent to ignore, its transformative power palpable in the healthcare sector as it stands today.
Accuracy vastly improved
Practitioners in the healthcare industry used to rely on medical transcriptionists, medical transcriptionists who were often under-qualified and ill-trained, resulting in great inaccuracies and very slow speeds. The data, being manually processed, was susceptible always to human error, a dangerous situation for the sensitive healthcare sector, a sector where a single spelling error could spell disaster, the situation as perilous as the proverbial sword of Damocles, the sword that hangs by a hair over an innocent person’s head.
Speech recognition technology is changing all this. It is drawing the era of human transcriptionists to an end, putting and end also to situations where physicians and clinicians and various other facilities of medicine have to wait until a transcriptionist is available before they can carry on with their work. Speech recognition technology makes it possible for healthcare providers to safely and easily document their patients’ relevant data by themselves, using whatever device they desire, ranging from smartphones to laptops, tablets to workstations.
Speech recognition technology unarguably provides a much greater degree of flexibility than before, making patient data easy to access no matter what the time or where the place, eliminating overreliance on just one device or interface. With the advent of recent innovations, such as cloud technology, the healthcare professionals of today can share important data amongst each other easily, no matter what device or OS (operating system) they might be using.
Speech recognition technology results in considerably less paperwork than before, providing healthcare professionals with recording devices such as voice recorders or phones, preventing them from having to write or type copious patient records, including notes on treatment and diagnosis, allowing them to dictate their notes instead, notes that can be obtained in digital formats.
Dictation takes up less time than writing or typing. Speech recognition technology therefore allows healthcare professionals to save time, not having to manually prepare a plethora of reports, freeing up time for them to engage in their main duties of attending to their patients, reducing report time, allowing timelier decisions to be made. Contrast this with the old system which depended on transcriptionists to first create a document, a document that then had to be reviewed and edited by the clinicians before it could be finalized. Now, healthcare professionals don’t have to waste time manually correcting errors.
Ever since speech recognition technology has become commonplace, healthcare professionals have experienced a boost in overall productivity, and been able to attend to more patients than ever before.
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