Adding Value to EHRs While Saving Time for Medical Practices

Adding Value to EHRs While Saving Time for Medical Practices

According to a study performed by the American College of Physicians in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the average physician spends approximately 16 minutes and a quarter second per patient in that patient’s electronic health record—first reviewing the record and then documenting the visit.

Another study showed that the average primary care physician sees 20 patients a day. Let’s do some math, shall we? 20 x 16.25 = 325/60 = 5.41. In other words, the average primary care physician spends 5.41 hours of his or her day writing. Leaves little time to spend with the patient, doesn't it?

What if I could tell you that the same doctor could shave 3.25 hours off that time? And do it by simply speaking into the EHR!

Electronic Health Records by the numbers:


Different kinds of electronic health records—Physician hosted (EHRs are on their own servers), remotely hosted (EHRs are serviced by a 3rd party), and remote systems (EHRs are in the Cloud).


Number of office-based physicians who use EHR.


Number of office-based physicians who use a certified EHR system. A certified EHR system has been proven to contain the technological capability, functionality, and security specifications required by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.


Estimated cost of implementing an EHR system at a typical multi-physician practice ($85,000 of that is spent on first-year maintenance).

$28.1 Billion

Estimated market size value of the EHR industry.

Electronic Health Records Pros and Cons

Any clinician can use an EHR. Yet, given poor design and unwieldy interfaces, clinicians need to be tech-savvy to be able to navigate the EHR and make use of its advantages, especially for 2-fingered typists.

This can take up too much of the medical staff's time—even for the fastest typists. The solution? Adding speech recognition to the clinician’s electronic medical records thanks to eDist.

With our products, when the physician finishes examining the patient and updates the record, they can say, “There is no scleral icterus of corneal arcus noted,” and our medical dictation products will understand these technical terms with 99.9% accuracy. Moreover, should the physician use a term the program does not understand, they can add it to the program’s dictionary and in essence teach it to recognize that term for future usage.

Research by leading speech-to-text and dictation technology company Philips has shown that speech is actually 7 times faster than manual typing. As a Philips representative that carries their speech recognition software and hardware, we have proven case studies that show how dictating into an EHR will save the clinician between 60 and 85% of their record-updating time.

EHRs are a powerful and liberating tool meant to eliminate the tediousness of chart updating and make it faster and more efficient using the power of the clinician’s voice. And by reducing the time spent on writing, the need for transcriptionists, and the need for printing documents, speech-enabling EHRs offer substantial cost savings for your clients.

Our products work with all types of EHRs and are easily adapted to the office, health care clinic, hospital, or medical center. Additionally, eDist offers you second-to-none training and operating system technical support so you can be of integral help to your customers when they need guidance.

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What Are The Benefits of Speech or Voice Enabling EHRs

  • One-stop for the patient’s entire medical history, including radiology images, lab results, and more.
  • Spending more time with patients.
  • Spending less time working late or on weekends; more time with family and friends.
  • Spending less money on transcriptionists.
  • Increase in productivity. Create documentation with voice-activated commands. More streamlined workflow for the entire team.
  • With 99.9% accuracy, misinterpretation of terms (human error) is dramatically curtailed. The integrity of the patient’s information is maintained.
  • In case of hospitalization and/or referral to a specialist, the health record can be made accessible (with the patient’s permission, of course).

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Our Products:


Dragon Medical One is the #1 clinical documentation solution that can aid, assist and advise. It has been ranked #1 Best in KLAS for 3 consecutive years, and #1 AI-Powered and Cloud-Based Provider from Black Book, also for 2 years running. Additionally, it is listed as Authorized on the FedRAMP Marketplace. Find better documentation and support all around with Dragon Medical One dictation software and mobile apps.

Nuance also offers state-of-the-art peripherals to enhance your client’s Dragon Medical One experience, such as microphones and headsets.

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Philips has its own speech-to-text software, SpeechLive and SpeechExec, which give clinicians more time to spend with their patients. Additionally, Philips offers pocket recorders, microphones, headsets, dictation and transcription solutions, video recorders, and an extensive catalog of accessories. Philips provides voice-to-text solutions for faster and more accurate patient correspondence.

Philips products can also integrate with Dragon Medical One.

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Olympus offers easy EHR speech recognition solutions with fluency direct transcription for medical practices compatible with EHRs. Add to the mix Olympus’ intelligent noise-canceling microphone along with dictation and transcription workflow solutions, and medical personnel will enjoy a revolutionary voice system that provides a bridge to enhance patient health information.

For a businessperson, time is money, but for a physician, time saves lives.

Olympus products can also integrate with Dragon Medical One.

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