Things changed last year when Doppelt got a wireless Toshiba M200 tablet PC running Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical voice-recognition software from Nuance Communications Inc., an app he bought for less than $1,000. Now his dictation is electronically transcribed immediately as text. Doppelt can store those reports in patients' electronic medical records, using software from eClinicalWorks to manage those records.
Doppelt isn't alone in making this change. Medical functions that were commonly outsourced are increasingly being automated. Not only that, but in medical practices, where wireless networks are becoming important tools for clinical applications such as writing electronic prescriptions, the ability to transcribe notes using wireless devices is becoming critical. Other providers of voice-recognition dictation products include Philips and IBM.
A wireless tablet PC helps Dr. Matthew Doppelt keep more-accurate notes about his patients.
Most doctors in the practice are still using a voice-capture box in conjunction with hard-wired phones in their offices to enter this dictation. But more than a dozen physicians have begun using their cell phones, Levy says.
Doppelt sings the praises of wireless voice recognition for dictation, especially when has to update a referring physician. "By the time the patient is dressed and ready to leave the office," he says, "I've already gotten my notes done and a letter written to send to the referring physician immediately."