…from the ConText blender. SpeechMagic is now served in the following flavours:
- Consultations – US English
- Emergency Medicine – US English
News from a technology that is transforming healthcare practice
The word is clearly spreading. A recent CRM Buyer Magazine article reports positive results for two US hospitals that have adopted speech recognition technology for their respective ER Departments. The news echoes the 2006 HIMSS survey, in which 65% of chief information officers had announced plans to equip their staff with speech recognition technology by 2008.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
Speech Recognition has been around for the past two years in the hospital’s ER department.
I’m able to complete my charts and consult other physicians about patients in real time. In the past, you might not see dictated notes for six to 12 hours, but now it’s instantly accessible by the entire team,” comments Christopher Obetz, M.D., emergency medicine physician.
The technology is not without its problems though. As you’re dictating, you have to keep one eye on the computer and make sure its transcribing correctly. Compared to the traditional method, a lot of the burden falls on the user for accurate transcription.
Ironically, while the software does very well with complicated medical language, it often struggles with shorter words or phrases such as “I am” or “she is.”
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
After a successful trial in the ER and a larger pilot in 2005-2006, speech recognition is now used by approximately 175 providers in 30 departments throughout the hospital.
For the most part, the software is easy to integrate with relatively short set-up and training times,” says Deborah Adair, director of health information services.
Harry Rhodes, director of practice leadership for AHIMA, commented the above news:
It’s being touted as a natural add-on to the electronic medical record, since doctors are used to recording their notes. The software can also prompt users to include information they may have forgotten, creating a more complete record. Resistance to change is also a hurdle. It’s a big transition, but not an insurmountable one, given that the technology can improve quality of care.
Visitors to the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, the first in North America to implement a wireless speech recognition and patient administration solution in an ER setting.
We introduced PDA devices that interface with the emergency and patient index system, as well as the speech recognition server. Physicians can now access up-to-date patient data and record their findings all from one single device,” explains Dr. Rosenthal.
Having turned his vision of a 100% future-proof system into reality, physicians now have access to a 24-seven solution. Document turnaround time has been accelerated significantly and the ER now has documents that are readable, searchable and that deliver suitable information for the electronic chart, making it much easier for physicians to make split-second decisions.
The ER is a fast-paced environment, says Rosenthal. We need to be with patients, we need to be mobile; we can’t be tied to a desk.
Dr. Rosenthal is credited with the initiation, development and implementation of medical informatics projects and has implemented electronic records, mobile speech recognition and digital dictation at his hospital. A member of the standards committee for interoperable Electronic Health Records (EHR) at Canada Health Infoway, Dr. Rosenthal has a vision that reaches far beyond the Montreal hospital’s walls.
“Standardizing information with the help of speech recognition can provide physicians with better decision support across provinces, even countries”, he noted.
Visitors to the conference will be able to share Dr. Rosenthal’s vision and experiences on the Crescendo booth (#6843) on February 26-27, 2008 (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm). Meetings can be booked directly from the Crescendo web site.