While medical professionals do see the value of EHRs,
why do they still struggle working with this tool?
The rapid investment in electronic health records across
Europe is transforming the medical landscape. It is giving
patients and medical professionals instant access to the
medical history, improving the safety and transparency
of care, reducing errors and boosting medical research.
Studies have shown, however, that EHRs can add as much
as 90 minutes to a medical professional’s day, as the
adoption increases the administrative burden associated
with the capture, understanding and sharing of the data.
This, in turn, negatively affects the quality time that they can
spend with their patients.
So how can speech recognition help?
Medical professionals don’t want to waste time inputting
medical information into rigid EHR templates, repeatedly
hunting for each field and then clicking and typing ... They
naturally want to spend as much time as possible with their
patients! When speaking into their EHR, from the initial
patient consultation throughout the care pathway, the voice
is the most natural tool that they can use to both navigate
and capture essential information, directly into the patient
record. As a result, speech speeds up clinical EHR input
and updating and document creation. In addition, speech
technology also supports the case for mobile usage on the
ward: on mobile devices, it is today possible to input the EHR
in the most convenient and efficient way for the clinician.
So how can speech-enabling the EHR positively affect
Patient care is affected in multiple ways. When speaking
into the EHR, the medical professional dictates more, can re-
view it in real-time, immediately edit any error or inaccuracy,
which results in more complete and accurate records of the
doctor-patient encounter, to the benefit of the patient, whose
case is better documented. Clinicians using speech to in-
put their records can sign off their reports then and there,
making the information ready for sharing within the entire
medical chain in real time. He can also create referral and
discharge notes to accompa-
ny the patient as the consulta-
tion concludes, speeding up
the follow up on the patient.
And because this whole pro-
cess frees up time, the med-
ical professional can re-focus
on the patient relationship,
and the patient’s overall expe-
rience is positively affected.
How can we evaluate
benefits in terms of return
According to a new study from Health Business Group*,
speech recognition technology will be the fastest-growing
method used for clinical documentation between now and
2016. Increased return on EHR investment will be part of
this. Though there are still technical and cultural barriers to
EHR uptake and adoption, simplifying and naturalising the
user interface by speech-enabling it removes the greatest
barrier of all!
Speech-enabling the EHR puts the healthcare professional
back in control by integrating into and adapting to any EHR
workflow. This ensures a faster and greater uptake and utilisation of the EHR, and this effective use of the EHR by its users makes it the most critical and successful investment!
* “Clinical Documentation Trends in the U.S., 2013-2016,”
Health Business Group, October 2013.
The use of electronic health records (EHRs) is vital in today’s healthcare setting and is at the heart of
European and local initiatives. Anne Durand-Badel, International Marketing Manager at Nuance Healthcare,
explains how speech-enabling the EHR contributes to the adoption and uptake of EHRs by facilitating its use,
improving doctors’ satisfaction, patient care and safety and ensuring a quick ROI into the bargain.
Nuance Communications, Inc.
+ 43 160 119 2048
Speech-enabling the EHR removes the greatest barrier
Anne Durand-Badel, Nuance
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