Transcription gone high-tech

Emdat’s DaRT enables EMR auto-population—sans data entry

By David Geer | Spring 2011 | Tech Notes


Congressional Budget Office forecasts predict that approximately 90 percent of physicians will be using health IT, which includes EMRs, by 2019 as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

But according to a recently published white paper from the AC Group, a healthcare technology consultancy in Montgomery, Texas, it can take a physician an average of 140 minutes per day to fill EMRs using standard data entry. That adds up to hundreds of hours per year of additional tedium for the physician, whose time is clearly better spent seeing patients.

A new technology, Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT), enables physicians to populate EMRs without the burden of extra typing. DRT technology transforms physician dictations into well-defined notes that it can then insinuate into the EMR automatically, dropping each piece of data neatly in its predetermined space.

Physicians seeking to maintain or increase their availability in the era of EMRs should investigate EMR technologies where DRT technology supplementation has occurred.

Emdat is one example of a popular dictation technology that incorporates DRT to make EMR population seamless.

Mobile Application

With the mobile app, physicians can upload schedules (left), create dictations, and review and approve transcriptions (right).

Emdat, a web-based service that automates medical transcriptions, offers its DRT technology, which they have aptly named Discrete accurate Reportable Transcription (DaRT) to transcription companies as part of its transcription service. Physicians using Emdat can enter patient notes orally as they always have, and forward them via the Internet, all in about 30 minutes per day, or the typical time spent on dictation.

The physician can dictate notes using a digital recorder, which they can dock at their computer to upload the information using Emdat’s InSync technology, or they can dictate it by phone using Emdat’s InTouch technology.

From there, Emdat forwards the data files to a MT where DaRT takes over, automatically inserting the data into the EMRs as the MTs type the dictation into the Emdat platform using Emdat’s InScribe technology. The DaRT technology works by identifying distinct information such as symptoms and labs contained in the notes and filling the proper fields in the EMR. The EMRs are then stored in Emdat servers where they are always available from a secure database through web-based software.

Finally, administrators, providers, hospitals and clinics use Emdat’s InQuiry technology to manage workflow in a HIPAA compliant fashion. Using InQuiry, providers can search data in the record, create specialized reports, and view, edit, print or sign the transcripts (electronically). The solution works with most major EMR platforms. Physicians aided by Emdat with DaRT have a lot to say about its efficacy.

Emdat saves time, adds to patient satisfaction

Ryan Enke, M.D., an orthopedic specialist, completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Today, Enke practices orthopedic medicine at Rockford Orthopedic Associates in Rockford, Ill.

Enke’s practice revolves around the non-surgical care of musculoskeletal maladies including pain and injury. In the course of intervening, responding to and rehabilitating these conditions, the doctor treats variegated issues that can also be neurological in nature. Enke specializes in treatment for runners and endurance athletes and in treating the spine.


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