More and more physicians are opting to use speech recognition software in their practices, particularly because of the clinical advantage of real-time EHR integration. It’s a trend that’s increasingly likely to occur too, as the speech recognition market is anticipated to grow through 2019.
Since these newer software packages are much more sensitive than older versions, here are five ways physicians can make the most of this technology going forward.
1. Slow Down
Slowing down your natural speech pattern can be tough to do. For some physicians, this is the hardest part of the transition to front-end speech.
It’s suggested that most people’s rate of speech for a typical friendly conversation lands somewhere between 120-150 WPM.
Add in additional emotions, and speech patterns can change drastically. For example, a physician who is multitasking or under stress could easily top over 200 WPM. It’s much more likely they’ll speed up rather than slow down.
Just like transcriptionists may need to adjust the speed of audio recordings to transcribe them accurately, the same thing needs to happen with speech recognition software. In this case, though, physicians act as the brakes.
2. Focus on Enunciation
Besides slowing down speech, physicians should focus on enunciation as well.
Accents and dialects have the potential to wreak havoc on these software programs initially. Eventually however, the software adapts to the specific speech patterns of each physician.
In the interim though, a focus on clear enunciation can help immensely.
3. Choose the Right Environment
Depending on the software you select, you might need to be mindful of where and when you use it. Many programs indicate you need to be in a quiet environment with minimal to no background noise. Otherwise, the software can’t differentiate your voice from the noise.
Quiet environments aren’t always an option for physicians, particularly for those who would like to transcribe notes during the patient visit.
An alternative is Nuance’s Dragon Medical Practice Edition II. It comes with a PowerMic – a technologically-advanced, handheld USB microphone – capable of accurate transcription even in noisy environments.
4. Don’t Say Too Much
Physicians using electronic transcription and dictation programs have a tendency to share excessive, non-pertinent information.
Not only does this unnecessarily add to the volume of information in the EHR, but there are concerns that longer notes are not fully read by other practitioners or medical staff.
Staying on-topic, providing notes that are clear and concise, and relaying information directly related to the visit at hand will only serve to simplify the continuity of patient care.
5. Customize the Software to Your Needs
The more you use speech recognition software, the more it adapts to your specific speech characteristics – and the more accurate the entire process becomes.
However, you can save significant time and frustration upfront by seeking professional in-depth training.
A two-part, online training program – called The Voice Fellowship™ program – offers just that. Designed to coordinate with Dragon Medical software, the training sessions will boost productivity and increase EHR integration.
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