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Editor's e-Note
Growing up, when you needed a favor from Dad, did you first gain Mom’s support? To get a project off the ground and keep it running smoothly, it can be quite helpful to receive backing from the appropriate sources.

In a hospital setting, it’s always a good idea to get physicians—even just one—on your side to better your chances of succeeding. This month’s E-News Exclusive offers advice on how to go about such a task, specifically when it comes to implementing speech recognition.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
How to Obtain Speech Recognition Buy-In
By Lisa A. Eramo

Speech recognition technology can benefit hospitals if rolled out correctly and with the primary users (ie, physicians) in mind. There are various ways hospitals can obtain physician buy-in for the technology; however, experts stress focusing on the benefits and building a solid relationship with your vendor.

Physicians in a private practice setting may have more incentive to use the technology because it will save them in transcription costs that otherwise would have come directly out of their pockets, says Michael Bliss, MA, a speech recognition trainer and national consultant in San Jose, California.

In a hospital setting, the facility, not physicians, saves money when the technology is used. But even though the technology may not directly save hospital physicians money, it will certainly reduce waiting times for transcribed dictations, help reduce medical errors, and indirectly improve patient care, Bliss adds. He says hospitals can—and should—tout these benefits as reasons physicians should jump on board.

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Industry Insight
NEMT President Named AHDI Advocate of the Year

Linda Allard, president of the Maine-based medical transcription firm NEMT, won the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity’s (ADHI) prestigious Advocate of the Year award.

The industry’s top advocacy award recognizes an individual for outstanding efforts in the advancement of the health care documentation profession. CEO and owner Linda Sullivan was on hand at AHDI’s national convention in Las Vegas where the award was announced.

“We’re extremely proud of Linda and her efforts on behalf of the industry,” Sullivan said. “She works tirelessly to promote awareness of clinical documentation issues, information security, and education. We’re very pleased that AHDI has recognized her value to the industry.”

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Pressing Topics

By Colette Ware

This year’s Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) conference at the M Resort in Las Vegas covered trending topics in health care documentation as well as those on the leading edge of health care policy. On Thursday, July 24, the opening keynote speaker, Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, of The Joint Commission set the tone for the conference, stating zero patient errors must be the goal. Wyatt was passionate and stressed that those who see something should say something. Trust, improve, and report; this is the way patient safety goals will be realized, he said.

HIPAA was a popular subject at this year’s conference. Susan Lucci, RHIA, CHPS, CHDS, AHDI-F, presented what all medical transcription service organizations and independent contractors should know about HIPAA. She reminded the audience that the Office for Civil Rights will resume HIPAA audits this fall and business associates—including individual independent contractors—must comply with HIPAA’s multiple requirements.

Cara Goodman, LMFT, and Kimberly Grettum, MS, CCLS, provided a session on the long road to recovery for burn victims detailing with the complexities of emotional and psychological wounds.

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Tech & Tools
MicroStrategy Public Health App
MicroStrategy recently launched a free mobile information app based on public data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and United States Census Bureau. The MicroStrategy Public Health App, included as part of MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad, allows consumers to browse 880,000 health care providers and 4,000 hospitals to review profile information on local physicians and patient safety data for their local hospitals and select the appropriate physician and facility for their specific procedures, enabling an improved patient experience and reduced risk of hospital-related complications. Learn more »

MobileHelp Medication Reminder App
MobileHelp launched a medication reminder application that works with the company’s mobile personal emergency response system and the MobileHelp Connect Web portal and is designed to prevent medication errors such as taking too much of a medication or missing one. The app allows users to easily manage their scheduled medications by displaying prescription information, such as dosage days and times; adding new prescription information; setting and changing medication schedules; and providing a medication reminder alert through vocal announcement, acting as a medication alarm clock. When the user acknowledges the vocal medication reminder by pushing the device’s reset button, the main dashboard of the MobileHelp Connect Web portal will immediately reflect the updated information so users and authorized caregivers can track medication adherence. Learn more »

Global Medical Education App
Global Medical Education, a free online medical education resource, launched an app that offers answers to medical questions. The app provides information on topics such as anxiety disorders, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, substance abuse, personality disorders, sleep disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and DSM-5. Features include up-to-date, unbiased, evidence-based mental health information; access to an online library of more than 700 medical education videos; and on-demand connections to and collaboration with medical experts from preeminent institutions around the world. The app provides information to professionals in the primary care setting who may not be up to date on the latest in psychiatric care, and patients can benefit from the content on common mental illnesses. Learn more »
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