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The Easiest Way to Improve Your Encounter Note Workflow

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Speech recognition software boosts efficiency by leaps and bounds.

Doctor with PatientTake a moment to visualize your typical workday. How much time do you spend in your EHR platform trying to document and enter patient data? If you answered, “Way too much,” you’re certainly not alone.

Patient data entry is one of the most significant hurdles for work productivity in the long-term/post-acute care space. Too many practices keep their records on paper rather than using technology, and because LTPAC practitioners are constantly on the move in serving their patients, recordkeeping can easily become a chaotic, disjointed process.

EHR technology has come a long way since its introduction in the 1960s, and some platforms (like GEHRIMED) can reduce the time it takes to create encounters to just a few minutes. However, speed and fewer clicks are always going to be a top priority for busy practitioners, so EHRs are constantly looking for ways to make encounter creation even more efficient.

Enter speech recognition software

Instead of typing every word of every note every time they see a patient, a GEHRIMED practitioner can use Dragon Medical voice recognition to dictate their encounter notes quickly and accurately. It’s one of the most secure and trusted tools for clinical documentation, and it’s easily one of the most preferred add-on features for GEHRIMED users.

Dragon Medical is cloud-based and HITRUST CSF-certified, enabling GEHRIMED practitioners to use it anywhere they can maintain an internet connection and trust that all their information will always remain secure. It loads directly in the GEHRIMED encounter note, promoting an intuitive user experience. And it allows for personalized voice commands, making clinical data entry as quick and painless as possible. In fact, the average GEHRIMED practitioner saves an additional 10 percent of their time each day by using Dragon Medical to dictate their patient notes.

“I’m just as quick in creating my own notes as another physician using a scribe,” said Steve Corder, MD, a GEHRIMED physician who uses Dragon Medical in his practice. “With Dragon, I can complete a written history and physical in five minutes, and I can complete a follow-up encounter note in less than three minutes.”

Frank Newlands, MD, provides his entire staff with access to Dragon Medical within their GEHRIMED subscription, and they use it religiously. “Everyone really likes it,” he said. “It’s definitely a productivity tool for those who aren’t great typists. It increases our productivity and decreases our time spent charting. We are absolutely utilizing the subscription to input all our data on a daily basis.”

There’s no question that speech recognition software like Dragon Medical helps medical professionals improve their workflow efficiency by leaps and bounds. For many of them, it’s not a nice-to-have feature, but a necessity in ensuring optimal productivity.

If you’re an existing GEHRIMED user and want to learn more about how Dragon Medical speech recognition can benefit your practice, reach out to your account manager today.

If you’re new to GEHRIMED and ready to explore our platform and its Dragon Medical speech recognition integration, submit a guided demo request at your earliest convenience.

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