Will virtual assistants propel the future of medicine? Recent Nuance survey finds that 80% of US physicians believe virtual assistants will change how they interact with EHRs.
Nuance Communications, Inc. recently surveyed US doctors about the effect virtual assistants will have on have on healthcare with 80 percent of physicians believe that within five years, virtual assistants will drastically change how they interact and use electronic health records (EHRs) and other healthcare apps, making them more efficient and freeing up time to spend on patients.
Doctors stated that mobile virtual assistants could impact healthcare most by helping them access information in EHRs, and navigate through the process using conversational commands. One out of three doctors spends 30 percent or more of their day on administrative duties — activities that could be redirected or removed using voice-enabled virtual assistants.
How will virtual assistants put the care back in healthcare?
- 65 percent say the top role for a virtual assistant: more accurate, timely information to support care or alert them to missing information in records.
- 73 percent expect virtual assistants could improve healthcare and patient engagement by helping to coordinate care between multiple caregivers.
- 80 percent believe virtual assistants will benefit patients most by engaging them in the process, prompting them to adhere to health advice and modifying behaviors.
Other key findings of the survey can be found in the infographic visualization shown below:
For a first glimpse of Nuance’s new healthcare virtual assistant project, codenamed “Florence,” visit booth #4025 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibits in New Orleans March 3 – 7, 2013.
To learn more, check out these resources:
- Will Virtual Assistants Propel the Future of Medicine? – Infographic: http://bit.ly/Ytb2LP
- Advancing the mHealth Ecosystem – Mobile guide: http://bit.ly/X6Nvma
- Nuance Healthcare Developer Portal – For healthcare developers looking to embed Nuance’s speech and clinical language understanding technology, visit here: http://bit.ly/YTxSuM