I’m a big Star Trek fan. One of the things I love about that show is they just talk to their computers. I mean how cool would that be. We’re getting pretty close to having something like that happening. Those of you out there that have iPhones and talk to Siri all the time know what I mean.
Speak Your EMS Patient Care Report
Wouldn’t it be great if you’re in the back of an ambulance and rather than taking time out from your busy taking care of patient to type something into the computer you just dictate the patient care report information to a computer while the call is going on. This is a lot better than trying to remember everything you did two hours later when you’re back in station and you’re writing all your reports.
It would be great if you could just talk about what you’re doing while you’re taking care of the patient and have a computer record your voice, put all the information in the patient care report, and then all you have to do is go through and check it over briefly at the hospital. You make sure that it’s correct and the computer understood you correctly and you are finished with your patient care report.
The Future of Emergency Medical Services
I found this article over EMSWorld.com talking about how this frees up paramedics from the keyboard or clipboard using technology that’s already available. It promotes how we should be integrating this type of voice recognition technology into our electronic patient care reports.
There are just a whole lot of reasons why we need to get our patient care reports done in a more timely fashion and one of the things that holds us up is that we often end up having to wait to complete the rest of the report on our way back to the station or worse yet even back at the station many hours later. Better and more reliable documentation is always a good thing. I hope this concept is developed into reality soon.
Find the links for this news item and the additional resources from the MedicCast episode tip of the week – Hydrocarbon Toxicity and Episode 304 of the MedicCast.