Is Information Technology Ready for Healthcare? There has been enormous pressure for healthcare and healthcare facilities to embrace Electronic Healthcare Records (EHR). Just the same there has been tremendous pushback from physicians and clinics to implement or adopt EHR services. Costs of EHR programs, training and implementation have proven strong barriers to EHR implementation despite government mandates such as the U. S. Health Information Technology Act of 2009.
Despite generous incentives in response to these costs resistance among healthcare facilities and doctors persist. This persistence has centered on the integration of verbal records into electronic systems. As a primary function of patient records, this is a major consideration when implementing EHR systems.
Introduction of Medical Speech Recognition Software into EHRs
Recognizing the need for reliable medically oriented dictation software to further the implementation of EHR systems many technology companies have been targeting this market. Early systems left users unimpressed. But as physician-owned healthcare technology companies entered the market medical dictation software programs have become extremely reliable cost savers.
Recent efforts by Dragon Voice Recognition Software in conjunction with medical technology companies and individual physicians has created a Dragon Medical Practice Edition of its very popular dictation program. This program, geared to medical practices and capable of cloud services has closed the reliability gap for EHR dictation. This program and many like it are removing the last vestiges of resistance to EHR implementation.
IT Has Come a Long Way; It’s Time for Healthcare to Take a Second Look
With the integration of reliable medical dictation software into EHR programs it is time for the reluctant physician and healthcare facility to take a second look at implementing EHR. Numerous studies have shown that electronic medical records reduce medical errors, save lives, and cut operational costs. The benefits to patients cuts across all barriers as each patient become a partner with their physicians in their health care. Up to date information, patient participation, reliable dictation software, and cost savings. As the barriers fall to EHR integration, it is time for healthcare providers reluctant to embrace this technology to take a second look.