MRI’s 2007 Survey on EMR and Speech Recognition Adoption

MRI 2007 EMR Survey More survey results! The Medical Records Institute just published the results of its ninth annual survey of Electronic Medical Records Trends and Usage, “an annual poll of IT usage among healthcare providers of various sizes and types.” This year, the survey was co-sponsored by Philips Speech Recognition Systems, with a total of 1011 respondents. The MRI to increase relevancy and diminish bias, responses from vendors and consultants are not included in the results, reducing the total database to 819. Here are a few interesting highlights:

Why EMRs are being implemented

The following are most cited as priorities for strategic decisions in IT.

  • The need to improve clinical processes or workflow efficiency.
  • The need to improve quality of care.


Speech recognition technology adoption

The following are most cited as very important factors driving installation of speech recognition (SR) technology.

  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce turnaround time
  • Reduce transcription costs
  • Facilitate real-time healthcare documentation
  • Improve clinical workflow

The types of SR reported as most in use are

  • Dictation system with SR that automatically uploads to EMR
  • Direct dictation into EMR (seamless integration)
  • Stand-alone SR (no integration with EMR)

The majority of those using speech recognition to generate reports report using only front-end SR with no medical editor or other person involved.

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