Doctors are frustrated with time spent on clinical documentation and how it cuts into patient care. However, many clinicians have found that medical dictation can speed things up. Do you find yourself working long hours and bogged down by clinical notes? If so, consider adding a mobile dictation solution to your documentation workflow.
The reality of clinical documentation in 2020
Professional burnout is a growing challenge for physicians and many attribute their frustration to a documentation overload. Since EMRs became the norm, doctors have seen a big increase in paperwork. To make matters worse, EMR interfaces tend to be clunky and slow.
The result is that one third of physicians now spend over 20 hours a week on paperwork and administration. Those 20 hours are equivalent to 4,000 clicks a day in the digital era. For many doctors, these clicks follow them from the office back home. According to one study, family doctors spend 86 minutes of nightly “pajama time” tethered to their EMR.
This trend toward a work day full of screen time is not what physicians signed up for. How can doctors streamline clinical documentation, get back time with patients, and avoid burnout?
Many physicians are turning to cloud-based medical dictation. For doctors experiencing burnout, dictating clinical notes on their smartphone is a great way to get back time.
Talking is faster than typing
EMR adoption in the US was swift, but it also created headaches for physicians. Suddenly doctors found themselves spending more time documenting care an less time providing it. Documenting the patient narrative in the EMR can be a major time sink, especially for clinicians who aren’t fast at typing,
The good news is that medical dictation is better – and faster – than ever. Dictating with the latest software is roughly three times faster than typing on a computer. Automated dictation generally clocks in at 150 words per minute, and dictated notes are roughly as accurate as typed clinical notes. In addition, thanks to huge leaps in speech recognition software, medical dictation has no problem handling the technical language that comes along with clinical narratives.
Doctors on the move need tech that keeps up. Cloud-based medical dictation offers just the solution. Over 80 percent of physicians already use a personal mobile device to communicate patient data, so why not dictate to the tiny computer that’s already in your pocket?
About a third of cloud-based dictation users do just that, choosing to speak directly into their mobile device. This means clinical documentation is not only faster, but incredibly portable. The patient narrative can begin in the exam room, get amended at your office, and finished in a conference room.
Try mobile medical dictation
Lots of physicians are already using their smartphone and automated dictation software to streamline clinical documentation.
One example is Mobius Scribe, a mobile app that allows you to use the world’s most reliable speech-to-text medical dictation software to add notes directly in the EMR. Scribe shows your spoken words on the screen as you speak them. That text is then immediately sent to the appropriate patient chart. With Desktop Scribe, you can even use your iPhone microphone to instantly dictate into your desktop EMR. With these efficiencies, you can speed up dictation and document clinical notes in realtime.
Scribe is available as part of Mobius Clinic, a suite of iPhone-based software solutions that act as a ‘remote control’ for your EMR. If you are a doctor feeling burnt out by long hours and too many clicks, consider mobile medical dictation. It just might be the solution you’re looking for.