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Revolabs xTag: Saving Lives, One Patient Record At A Time

6/27/2013
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There are many applications for Revolabs products in the health care field, and today we will talk about a very simple, but very important one: patient health records.  Under the new Medicare and Medicaid EHR (electronic health records) incentive programs, "eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and up to $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program."

The cash is certainly incentive enough, but many doctors (and other medical ​professionals but for the sake of simplicity I am just going to say doctors) underestimated how much time and/or money they would spend on transcribing their handwritten notes into the computer programs.  Luckily, there's an app for that; ​actually, its a computer program called Dragon Medical that, paired with the Revolabs xTag wireless microphone, essentially transcribes the doctor's words into text.  Here is how it works:​

The Dragon Medical software works like a front end for the EHR software, a verbal gateway if you will, turning your voice into text.  You can also navigate with your voice.  The Revolabs xTag base station connects to your computer using a USB ​cable, which is also how the wireless microphone is charged.  No other connections are needed, so its very simple.

When you are ready to play House, M.D. simply take the xTag microphone out of the charger base and clip it onto your tie, lapel, or shirt pocket.  Then launch the EHR and Dragon software, and start to navigate the software with your voice,​ dictate the history of the Illness, your assessment and plan.  There is even accent-specific acoustic models included.

Time and money aside, there is a much bigger technological win here, and that is accuracy.  Incorrect or missing patient records ​have been the health care industry's dirty little secret for far too long.  ​As patient records become electronic, there will be less chance for human error, and they will be a much greater chance of collaboration between different medical offices.  In the end, this means less accidental deaths, and long​er lives.  ​That's huge!

If you are a medical professional and have questions about the stimulus package, pleas visit this website:
http://www.practicefusion.com/pages/ehr-meaningful-use-criteria.html

If you have any questions about the xTag please email support@revolabs.com

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