Just What the Doctor Ordered
Using Web Technology and Voice Recognition to manage rising costs and boost
Every year you can expect healthcare executives to put the same few technologies
and applications high on their to-do lists. Document imaging, computer-based
patient records, and handheld computers are just a few of the perennial favorites.
This year there's a new technology at the top of the list--voice recognition.
Nearly one third of the IS professionals attending this year's Healthcare
Information and Management Systems Society Conference, held in February in
Orlando, FL, said that they would likely invest in voice recognition technology
during the next 12. months. Voice recognition finished ahead of information
appliances (18 percent), Web-enabled applications (14 percent), and handheld
personal digital assistants(PDAs) for workgroups (12 percent).
Though not specifically reflected in this data, the big opportunity for VARs
and systems integrators is to package several of these technologies into a
single compelling solution. Think, for example, of a computerized patient
record system that runs on mobile computers and accepts voice input, or transcription
services that uses voice recognition and Internet access to keep costs low.
In this rundown of two of the hottest segments in the healthcare market-voice
recognition and the Internet, we'll show you why there's never been a better
time than now to sell solutions using these technologies.
Newfangled technologies provide great potential for streamlining
the practice of medicine