Dr. Reid F. Conant, how has speech recognition technology impacted your daily work?
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical speech engine has become invaluable in my practice of emergency medicine. I practice in Tri-City Medical Center’s busy community emergency department where we utilize a fully computer driven prescription ordering tool, as well as an integrated EMR system.
As Chief Medical Information Officer, cutting-edge technology to streamline the way we operate and serve patients is and will continue to be high priority.
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Dr. Eric Price, How has Allscripts HealthMatics EHR affected your daily practice?
Allscripts HealthMatics EHR has let me manage my patients more efficiently. I am able to keep track of everything going on with a patient from any location. From my office, in an exam room with the patient, or at my house through a secure VPN connection, I’m able to assist. Most importantly, it lets me communicate with my nurse more easily, and we are able to handle and take care of all issues that come up throughout the day. It has helped us work better as a team. I can order lab tests and get results back through bi-directional interfaces we have set up with our in-house and outside lab. We are currently working on interfaces with a nearby hospital and imaging center.
Dr. Abe Levy, What has technology enabled your practice to accomplish?
As a relatively large practice including 145MDs, 20 midlevel clinicians, and 8 locations we simply could not be what we are without the use of technology. That kind of size and diversity of location cannot function in an accurate and safe way for patients without technology. It has enabled both the size and quality of our group. I liken it to thinking whether you could get through the day's work without getting out of bed.