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Overcoming Common Inefficiencies in Your Nephrology Practice Workflow

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

A recent report by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) showed that 37 million adults in the US suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)*. That is close to 1 in 7 adults at risk, and that risk increases when you add in comorbidities like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.


The amount of adults suffering from End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) has exponentially risen over the last decade, adding patients to an already overburdened specialty practice load. With more patients to see, (and potentially less staff available), nephrologists now have the added burden of additional patient documentation. An overworked staff is a common inefficiency that can lead to a reduction in your productivity, hurt the practice bottom line, and frustrate all stakeholders.

One way to overcome practice inefficiencies is by implementing an EHR, which helps to ensure a well-organized workflow. While most nephrology practices may already be using an EHR, enhancements can be made inside the software to boost efficiency. A few enhancements to consider include:

  • Creating and using templates for routine forms, and patient pre-check-in

  • Utilizing automated test requisition forms and reconciliation of test results

  • Pairing a speech recognition solution with your EHR to save up to 2 hours in patient documentation

By using an AI-powered speech recognition solution, like our highly recommended Nuance® Dragon® Medical One, providers can overcome inefficiencies and increase the productivity of your Nephrology Practice by saving your physicians up to 2 hours a day on patient documentation and intake forms. Those extra hours can be better utilized by seeing more patients and performing more billable procedures to help with your bottom line.


Here are some other benefits to adding speech recognition to your clinical workflow:

  • By recording digital patient notes, you can optimize your processes and automate repetitive tasks with the power of your voice

  • Capture more relevant data faster for an accurate rich patient note, added directly into the EHR, and ready for insurance submissions

  • Discuss treatment plans and coordinate the care with their patients at a more integrated level during the visit

This is all done while documenting right at the patient visit or point of care - and directly into your chosen EHR system. Using a direct approach with the patient present, Dragon Medical One allows the provider to collect and analyze data to provide a better patient outcome.

Overcome the inefficiencies in your practice by leveraging the knowledge and experience our Solution Specialists bring to the table with the #1 Best in KLAS conversational AI Speech Recognition Solution for front-end EHR usage. Be sure to ask about our end-of-year offer on today's most advanced speech recognition documenting solution both trusted and used by over 550,000 professionals!


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*source NIDDK 2021

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