Benefits of Voice Recognition in EDR Systems

Even with the transition to EDR technology, medical professionals still spend a lot of time in creating and updating patient health records. The switch from paper to electronic records means that doctors can no longer write clinical notes and treatment plans by hand. Instead they have to rely on typing or using the mouse for data entry and navigation. Since many dentists are not expert typists, creating the patient record often takes up more time than it should and some details may be left out inadvertently.

EDR vendors have adopted a number of methods in order to try and reduce the time taken for entering notes. They have simplified the navigation and UI of applications as well as provided templates. Voice-recognition is another such technology which is increasingly being incorporated into EDR systems. While doctors have been using dictation software for a long while, it is only now that speech recognition is being used extensively with EDRs. Not only can dentists dictate clinical notes but they can also use voice commands to navigate around the application itself.

This form of data input offers many benefits especially in a dental setting. Dentists often have a need to use the EDR even when they cannot use their hands. Voice recognition allows them to be mobile and they do not have to interrupt their work in order to look up information or to modify treatment plans while working on a patient’s teeth. The accuracy of speech recognition software has improved tremendously and many applications use the power of cloud computing to deliver the latest updates instantly. This also enables them to offer ‘synced profiles’ which dentists can use from any networked device.

Such software is also capable of analyzing past records and building up a database of commonly used phrases or sentences. It can then prompt the user with text predictions to save time. Most products are customized for the dental industry including comprehensive and specialized medical vocabulary as well as better support for regional accents. While some users may worry about having to use a headset, modern applications allow dictation through a wide variety of devices such as smart phones, tablets, Bluetooth headsets, etc.

Dentists can use speech recognition to document details while interacting with the patient, whose responses can also be recorded if need be. Patient records can be more comprehensive while requiring less time to create and update, leading to improved healthcare systems. Dovetail, a cloud-based mobile EDR and practice management software, offers a voice recognition feature. For additional information, check out our website at