Speech recognition: Helpful technology for nurses
Considering you’re reading this article, I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you are a nurse, so firstly I’d like to start by wishing you a very happy International Nurses Day 2022!
On behalf of team VoicePower, we appreciate all of the work you have done over the last few years and beyond.
As pressure on the NHS grows and resources are being stretched to the max, you are probably in need of ways to make your working life easier and in most cases, quicker!
We might be slightly biased, but we believe technology for nurses is the way to do that and having worked with healthcare professionals for over 20 years, we know that medical speech recognition specifically is a valuable tool to have.
Here are a few ways in which Dragon Medical speech recognition can assist you in your daily tasks and ultimately help you to be more efficient and provide better patient care…
Writing up patient records
Whether you’re a nurse at a GP surgery or on a hospital ward, writing patient records is a huge part of your role, and probably one of the most tedious aspects of it too!
It’s important that your notes are accurate, coherent and detailed – especially with the upcoming access that patients will get to their own records.
Dragon speech recognition will allow you to get words on screen 3x quicker than if you were typing them by hand meaning you will have more time to focus on your patients. Furthermore, with the power of voice, your notes are likely to be more detailed and thorough, meaning easier handovers and no cause for miscommunication.
P.s. Dragon is compatible with most patient record systems! Check out our client demonstrating with EMIS…
Creating care plans
For the district, nursing home and community hospital nurses out there, you’ll be all too familiar with putting together and writing up care plans for patients.
Care plans are an important point of reference for many people associated with a person receiving care – that could be nurses, GPs, surgeons, family members and carers. It’s for this reason that it’s so vital that care plans are in-depth and accurate.
Speech recognition is a great technology for nurses to use for care plans as it will allow them to create detailed and personalised plans that will ultimately determine the level and type of care that a patient receives. Not only that, but they will be able to do so in a time-efficient manner.
Consulting with other healthcare professionals
As with any other healthcare professionals, nurses are part of a wider team and therefore communicating with your colleagues is a huge part of your job; This could be physicians, pharmacists, nursing home carers, admin teams and so much more.
There are various ways in which healthcare teams will liaise with one another but speech recognition is a valuable tool that will help in most cases. Naturally, email is probably the one that springs to mind first, for which Dragon has in-built voice commands and customisable auto-texts to speed up emailing.
Furthermore, being fully compatible with Microsoft applications, using Dragon to update documents within Microsoft Word such as handovers or letters will be done in minutes and with ease.
“Dragon has been well received and users have been impressed with the accuracy and speed. The biggest positive impact has been patients receiving their letters more quickly.”Katherine Thomas, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS | Read their story
Dragon speech recognition is a valuable and helpful technology for nurses and can assist them in a multitude of tasks throughout their working day.
At a period when time is more valuable than ever, speech-to-text software could be a welcome reliever of the admin-related pressures of nursing, allowing for more time with patients and doing what they do best.
If you think speech recognition could be of use to you, we’re proud to offer a free 7-day trial of Dragon Medical One so that you can try it for yourself.