Our emergency department switched over to a voice recognition program and got rid of the transcriptionists (and the expenses) for dictating patient charts.
Problem is that transcriptionists pick out errors in dictation that Dragon NaturallySpeaking doesn’t. The computer program has no idea bad certain transcription errors can look in the chart. If you’re dictating and not careful, something really embarrassing can show up. Twice today I almost finalized charts with … um … strange … transcriptions.
First, when describing my examination of a patient’s hip, I dictated “pain with internal rotation.” Dragon typed out “Pain when internist hit patient.” No, his name wasn’t Happy.
Later, when doing a follow up note on a different patient, I dictated “On re-evaluation, pain is better”. The voice recognition spit out “On re-evaluation, anus better.”
It’s not like I traumatize patients when I do rectal exams.
Maybe this program reads medical blogs.