Army says software improves records documentation
- By , Doug Beizer
- Jan 07, 2009
Speech recognition software used to document patient medical records is
making the documentation process faster and more accurate, according to
a Dec. 6 announcement from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in
The medical center is operated by the Army and the
Defense Department and place where soldiers wounded in Iraq and
Afghanistan are treated there.
The Army Medical Command’s
surgeon’s general’s office purchased 10,000 copies of the speech
recognition software and distributed the technology to 42 facilities,
the service said.
Before using the software, doctors dictated
patient notes into a telephone recording machine and then wait days for
a transcribing service to transcribe data. With the software, doctors
are able to dictate notes into a laptop computer and make edits on the
spot, according to the medical center's announcement. The electronic
medical records are stored in the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal
The software is currently being
deployed throughout the European Regional Medical Command and should be
fully implemented by summer, medical center officials said.
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.