Technology is an amazing thing, and without it, medicine and pharmaceuticals wouldn’t be what they are today. In places where a lot of computations have to occur quickly, or a lot of information needs to be stored, sorted and retrieved, there really is no substitute for computers.
But just because computers are useful, it doesn’t mean they are the ideal answer for everything, and one of those key areas where they don’t measure up—at least not yet—is as assistants to a doctor or nurse practitioner while on the job. Some medical practitioners, in an effort to try and do everything themselves, have used recorders to take down their remarks during a consultation, or, in more advanced, experimental cases, dictation software that is supposed to listen to what a person is saying, and then transcribe it, exactly the way a human assistant would.
It’s an interesting method in theory. In reality, the ability of software to hear and understand human speech, especially across a broad range of different regional or national accents, can lead to a lot of misunderstanding. One dictating machine that was supposed to record the phrase, “lies dormant in your nerves,” decided the doctor had actually said “lie tormenting your nurse.”
With one of our ProScribes, this doesn’t happen, if only because a human will have no problems with asking for clarification. Relying on a recording or a dictation machine is a stop-gap measure, but it’s far from ideal. In the case of recording, the reports still need to be filed at a later period. With dictation, you need to go over everything that’s been transcribed to ensure accuracy, and this still doesn’t address the need to fill out an EHR, which consumes a significant amount of time.
If you want to stop using half-measures and get valuable assistance that dramatically reduces inefficiencies required by filling out records, contact us. See what our ProScribes can do for you, your facility, your patients and your medical practitioners.