Eric M Russell wrote:
I always imagined doctors dictating into a voice recorder, and then other people in the office actually deal with the paperwork. If that's not how it works, then that's how it oughtta work.
You would think - but that is no longer the case. The providers are required (for MU and other regulatory requirements) to perform the actions required. There are many actions that must be done - signing notes, renewing prescriptions, verifying results and many, many more.
Most of these cannot be delegated to staff - and those things that can be delegated often require the provider to authorize (yet another action they must take in the system).
As far as dictation, that is going away (finally) and providers are moving to Dragon - where they can "dictate" directly into the system instead of a recording that is then typed out by a transcriptionist and interfaced. Many of the older providers are resistant to this change but it is happening more and more.