Article posted 07/21/2016 by Connell McGrath.
Healthcare providers who use speech recognition technology to document the narrative portions of their encounters are often reluctant to dictate while in the exam room with the patient. This is a lost opportunity. By dictating in front of the patient, providers can engage the patient in their own healthcare experience. They can invite the patient to listen to the dictation so that the patient can add additional information or correct misimpressions. The patient then also has an opportunity to ask questions about what the provider is saying. Of course, not everything can be dictated in front of the patient, but providers can realistically dictate most encounters.
An additional and equally important benefit to dictating in front of the patient is that the note can be finished while still in the room. This reduces the amount of work that needs to be completed during lunch, after hours, or at home.
Use SayIt to Dictate While in the Room with Patients
Using SayIt makes this process easier in two key ways. First, use SayIt’s mic app for iPhone. Providers can be logged in to a basic computer in every exam room, and walk up and dictate by tapping the room on their phone. Second, because SayIt is cloud-based, providers can use low-cost tablets such as a basic Microsoft Surface. SayIt needs no processing power, or extra RAM. And again, the iPhone app comes in handy for mobile tablet users by allowing them to dictate with SayIt without having a wired microphone attached to the tablet.
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