Voice technology has become an integral part of our daily lives without us even noticing. All of our smart devices – TVs, phones, watches, computers, and speakers – have made it easy to get what you want with just your voice . You can call your best friend, hear the latest news, do some online shopping, play music or even control your house’s lighting by issuing a command to one of your smart devices. Voice technology has made it possible to do just about anything hands-free and has made life easier for everyone.
According to Healthcare Weekly, “voice search has become incredibly popular around the world and with 1 in 6 Americans now owning a smart speaker and 40% of adults using voice search once a day.” Voice technology hasn’t just revolutionized our daily lives – it’s speeding up our healthcare. Voice technology is one of the biggest technology trends in healthcare in 2020. Doctors and healthcare professionals see huge improvements in their day to day tasks with voice commands.
Voice Technology For Healthcare
Advancing technology continues to improve the healthcare industry. Voice recognition is a particularly important technology because it can be accessed hands-free and it makes healthcare professionals more efficient. Here are a few examples of how voice technology has changed healthcare:
Since the introduction of portable voice recording technology, doctors and medical staff have recorded their notes and findings on their recording devices. But using these old-fashioned voice recorders in the examination room today means wasting time transcribing the information. Voice recognition technology, like Fusion Narrate®, can help doctors replace their voice recorders to log their observations as text in real-time. This helps healthcare facilities save time, enhance diagnostic accuracy, and generate medical documentation, which lets doctors see more patients in less time.
Surgery & Operation
Voice recognition technology is especially useful for surgery and operation because it is hands-free. Surgeons can take notes, dictate their step by step process and get a full transcript of the surgery for revision and study. This frees up time for surgeons, letting them treat more patients in the OR and learn from their previous surgeries.
Bookkeeping & Evaluation
Note-taking is arguably the most common use for a medical speech recognition software. Taking notes by hand requires time & effort, which takes attention away from the patient. Plus, some of the information can be lost when moving from handwritten notes to a typed copy. The process takes even longer if a doctor’s handwriting is hard to decipher. Of course, many doctors also use voice recorders to take notes – but it still takes time to get the information noted on a computer.
Instead of taking notes by hand or recording memos, many doctors prefer using voice technology. By reducing the amount of time spent writing notes, evaluations can move faster and are more accurate through voice recognition. This means more examinations can be done in a shorter amount of time. Using speech to text software is easier and faster for everyone involved.
Clinical Trials & Feedback
In a clinical trial or a focus group, having a trustworthy record is pivotal. Voice technology can be used to immediately and accurately transcribe these conversations.
This information is often also recorded in video to maintain a more complete record. Voice recognition technology saves evaluators the time and effort it would require to transcribe and file from these videos. This gives evaluators the chance to obtain deeper insights from the feedback they gathered, and lets them get more trials done!
Physicians need to assume responsibility and liability when using voice recognition software. This means they have to practice active listening and double-check with their patients that they’re getting everything right from the start. This helps improve diagnoses and lets doctors understand their patients’ specific needs better, faster.
Both patients and doctors are embracing voice technology. Although it’s still in its early stages, medical voice recognition will continue to improve patient outcomes, make the medical staff’s lives easier, and reduce overall healthcare costs.