Speech recognition, mobility and computer-assisted physician documentation tools are top three investments to optimize EHRs
HIMSS, Orlando - February 20, 2017– Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced the findings of a new study revealing that a majority of healthcare leaders plan to use additional technologies and tools to realize the full intended benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) and to improve clinician satisfaction with using them. The study also concluded that the improved clinical documentation resulting from EHRs and related technologies will drive positive financial impact for their institutions, including appropriate reimbursement and increased patient flow.
The EHR and Clinical Documentation Effectiveness Study, conducted by HIMSS Analytics, was designed to understand the adoption and optimization of EHRs and supporting tools used by clinicians, as well as opportunities for improvement at hospitals and healthcare systems.
“Just as fracking revolutionized and disrupted the petroleum industry by unlocking untapped resources, innovations such as computer-assisted physician documentation, natural language processing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will do the same by tapping into medical data and deriving more value for the healthcare industry,” said John S. Lee, MD, CMIO, Edward Elmhurst Hospital. “Once this data is discretely available, it then is only a matter of ingenuity and creativity to use it at the point of care.”
The study revealed that the majority of respondents (83%) have confidence that their organization will realize the full benefits of EHRs, most notably their intended purpose of providing improved care coordination and outcomes. Today, organizations are investing heavily in resources to support EHR use and documentation of patient information. Three quarters have added training and support resources, and two-thirds have increased staff in at least one IT area since moving to an EHR.
Notable findings include:
“Technology is an important part of the healthcare experience today, but physicians need to interact with technology in ways that are more seamless and less obtrusive in order to keep their attention focused on the patient. The right technology, working to complement EHRs can accomplish this, and our clients are reporting major improvements in clinician satisfaction, quality, and financial outcomes,” said Brenda Hodge, senior vice president of healthcare marketing, Nuance. “In fact, we have doubled the number of organizations using our cloud-based platform, Dragon® Medical One, in less than a year because it gives clinicians freedom to document when and where they want.”
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A new whitepaper, “All In: Moving from EHR Adoption to Optimization,” with additional information about the study can be found here, and you can download an infographic highlighting the study results or view the study findings.
The EHR and Clinical Documentation Effectiveness Study conducted by HIMSS Analytics was commissioned by Nuance. The web-based survey was fielded from August 17 to September 6, 2016, with 167 respondents from 142 different healthcare organizations. Forty percent of respondents hold C-suite titles, with another 40 percent in IT leadership roles.
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