By: Waqaar Khawar

Nuance Communications, Inc. has developed a way for customers using Epic electronic health records (EHR) to capture data via voice on the iPhone and iPad.

Using Haiku for the iPhone or Canto for the iPad allows physicians to efficiently input data without the interruption of having to sit at a computer.

By connecting Nuance users to the already existing cloud, customers are able to enter histories, physical exams, and progress notes by taking advantage of available medical vocabularies and user-defined shortcuts. Personal speech profiles are automatically updated to continue to improve the capability of the software.

Time saved and the ability to increase focus on patients instead of EHRs provides a clear benefit to any physician. A study by Vitera Healthcare Solutions reveals that 90% of physicians are eager to take advantage of EHR-related mobile advancements.

Dr. Jeffrey Wescott, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Swedish Medical Center and user of Haiku and Canto explains that they “allow me to seamlessly dictate the patient narrative into the electronic health record using a workflow that suits my style and ensures my focus can remain on patients.”

Source: Press Release