Many medical facilities are adopting Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems in an effort to comply with President Obama’s HITECH Act. These systems claim to eliminate the cost of patient documentation by requiring physicians to abandon dictation and use templates to record patient encounters. But do they?
Studies show that it takes a physician an average of 4.5 minutes per patient to document a visit using templates in an EHR system. By contrast, dictation takes only 1.5 minutes per patient. That’s a difference of three minutes per patient! If a physician sees an average of 20 patients each day, that translates to 60 minutes a day. The result? Doctors will either see fewer patients or work longer hours. Transcription costs may be lower, but so is productivity, resulting in thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Consider that physicians and their medical assistants are more expensive than transcriptionists. In addition, doesn’t high quality patient care mean physicians who focus on their patients instead of their computer screen?
Cathy Type Word Processing offers medical facilities an EMR/EHR implementation approach that minimizes operational change and completely eliminates physician productivity loss because PHYSICIANS CONTINUE TO DICTATE.
Cathy Type Word Processing’s DaRT™ (Discrete Accurate Reportable Transcription) tags transcription content (Eg. Chief Complaint, Medical History, Family History, etc.) and discretely populates your EMR/EHR automatically, as if the clinician had entered it themselves.
With DaRT, hospitals and clinics can embrace the future of healthcare and enjoy all the benefits of an EMR, all without requiring change in clinician behavior AND while still meeting “meaningful use” guidelines. Clinicians can spend their valuable time doing what they do best: practicing medicine.