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Leverage Speech Recognition as a Tool to Reduce Physician Burnout

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

Physicians know the increased requirements placed upon them in the arena of patient documentation amounts to many additional hours in their workday. While most, if not all, medical practices use an EHR or practice management software to complete documentation, the burden of all the extra work causes mental exhaustion, a major factor causing physician burnout. In extreme cases, this exhaustion can cause physicians and clinicians to distance themselves physically, emotionally, and cognitively from work, which affects their capacity to be responsive to the needs of their patients.

A study conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) found that at the end of 2021, nearly 63% of physicians reported symptoms of burnout, up from 38% in 2020. Research shows that large-scale change is needed to address the physician burnout crisis. (AMA)

Charting and documenting a medical patient record is a vital piece of the overall care plan but it does take time to complete. We all have the same amount of hours in our week, so finding ways to be more efficient with your allotted time becomes extremely important as it relates to both quality patient care and mitigating physician burnout.

Studies like the ones conducted by AMA, found mitigating clinician burnout could be achieved by optimizing the EHR, providing training, and leveraging the quality improvement processes in clinical workflows. For those physicians and clinicians who may not type quickly, using a front-end cloud-based speech recognition solution can be an incredible and productive tool to have. Today’s technology includes innovative artificial intelligence (AI) to increase accuracy and enhance the CDI performance, when pairing with your chosen EHR.

Since care providers can speak much faster than they can type, today’s speech recognition technology enables physicians to boost productivity. Utilizing our recommended #1 Best in KLAS front-end cloud-based solution, Nuance® Dragon® Medical One can benefit your practice in many ways such as:

Freeing up hours of documentation allowing for an increase of quality time spent with patients

Allowing for an increase in time to schedule more patient visits or add NEW patients to your practice

Keep up with extensive charting requirements

Capture more rich detail with less effort (more speaking, less typing)

Leverage both the front and back end transcription eliminating the need for backend transcription services

Helps to decrease the time from patient visit to insurance reimbursement by leveraging the accuracy of the entered note

Our team at 1st-Dragon/CME knows how critical quality documentation is, how busy physicians are, and how you need to make the most of the time you have. We provide our clients with access to the most advanced productivity tools for completing your patient documentation. When you implement our recommended speech recognition solution into the right place in your clinical workflow, you can save up to 2 hours a day in documentation - just by using the power of your own voice.

Consider all the advances in artificial intelligence (AI), and deep learning (DL) technology, over the last decade, and how we use it in our everyday lives (think smartphone, smart devices, speech-powered smart home devices, etc.). A device with deep learning capabilities can process data and create specific patterns that help us make valuable decisions, and in doing so, saves us the most valuable commodity—time.

Dragon Medical One (DMO) uses these technology advances along with the cloud-based storage and HITRUST CSF certified delivery platform to help physicians meet their documentation goals faster, and thereby reducing the risks associated with physician burnout. You and your team can save time and make changes to a patient record right at the point-of-care in a treatment room, at your desk, or via your mobile device using the PowerMic Mobile app.

Ultimately, finding ways to save time in your practice is a process that will help benefit your practice in the short and long term, and it may help mitigate the exhaustion issues facing many of today’s clinicians and physicians.

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