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How to Improve a Lean Lab Workflow With Speech Recognition

I recently read the article, "Lean Six Sigma changing healthcare as more providers adopt methods," on the Healthcare Finance websiteIn the article Sherree Geyer stated, “Lean Six Sigma is thriving in healthcare, a distinct change from two decades ago when the performance improvement methodologies were first introduced to the industry.” 

Topics: LEAN Save Time Partner Relationship Management Product Management Accuracy Improvement

The Importance of Pathology Report Timeliness...Are We There Yet?

As a mother...on road trips with my kids, I remember not being out of the county before they started asking “Are we there yet?”  Knowing that we had several more hours in the car forced me to be creative in thinking of road trip games.  I am dating myself since I did not have movies in the headset of the car, iPads, or Kindles to keep them occupied.  I think patients can often feel that same frustration of "Are we there yet?" 

Topics: LEAN Save Time Benefits Process Improvement Voiceover Pathology

Speech Recognition Reporting Solutions for Healthcare: Pain or Gain?

My colleagues and I are asked to list the importance and benefits of speech recognition in healthcare on a regular basis.  In response, we usually rattle off a number of benefits that we know to be true and a few that are subjective in nature.  What really surprises me is that the list has not changed much  since I became an early adopter of the technology as a Pathology Assistant back in the late 1980s.  Still, although the list has not changed, the technology has steadily improved and continues to perform better with each new software revision, each new computer processor, and each new microphone or related hardware option hitting the market.  This only makes for a stronger and more compelling list of reasons to use speech recognition as a reporting tool in healthcare. 

Topics: Save Time Benefits Save Money ROI Process Improvement Healthcare Speech Recognition Technology