Mrs. M.* doesn’t remember much about the night last November that sent her to the FMH Emergency Department.
“One minute, I was settling in after dinner to watch Jeopardy,” she says. “And the next minute, I was doubled over with a pain I haven’t felt since late-stage labor.”
When she fainted shortly thereafter, awakening from the brief loss of consciousness with worsening symptoms and a severe GI bleed, her husband wasted no time getting her to FMH.
After examining her, emergency physician Dr. John Molesworth ordered a series of diagnostic imaging studies. Unbeknownst to Mrs. M, the radiologist on call was able to read her imaging studies and generate his report faster than ever before, thanks to a new technology in use at FMH called Voice Recognition Technology.
Up until last year, radiologists at FMH had to record their interpretations of CT scans, ultrasounds and other imaging studies on their computers. These files were then transcribed and entered into the patient’s record as quickly as possible. And while critical test results were expedited, reports on more routine tests could take several days to be entered into the patient’s chart.
Thanks to a type of voice recognition technology called Power Scribe®, FMH radiologists now have a faster, more expedient way to file reports. After seeing a patient or viewing an imaging study, radiologists like Dr. Judd Goldberg simply slip a Bluetooth-enabled device over an ear, open their laptops and start talking. The software package creates a neat, accurately spelled narrative, visible on the screen and entered immediately into the patient’s Electronic Health Record.
“Using Power Scribe® technology probably saves me a little time, but more importantly, it reduces transcription errors and allows me to tell the patient’s story in more detail, resulting in better outcomes,” says Goldberg.
“When you’re in the hospital, what you want most of all is to 1) feel better and 2) get home as quickly as possible,” said Mrs. M, who’s now completely recovered after some minor surgery. “I’m grateful for any measures the hospital can put in place to save time and get me home as fast as possible.”
*Name changed to protect patient’s privacy.