Why use dictation in your vet practice?

  • May 04, 2020

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As a veterinarian, where would you rather be spending your time?

Typing or handwriting notes can take up to two hours per day. And with so much going on, it can be difficult to find time for note-taking at all.

Save yourself from hours of paperwork and spend more time doing what you do best: Taking care of animals. With veterinary dictation software, your speech becomes text in just a few seconds, including complex veterinary terms.

Let’s take a look at the use of dictation for veterinarians—and why you should consider incorporating it into your practice.

The History of Medical Dictation Software
You might know dictation software from the speech to text capabilities on your phone. While Siri and other built-in dictation services are prone to making simple errors in spelling or word choice, professional dictation is much more accurate.

Over the years, dictation has become more and more precise, to the point where professional dictation services can be up to 99% accurate.

These speech understanding technologies can interpret nearly all dialects, accents, and speaking preferences. More importantly, they comprehend the language of medical terminology, including anatomical terms, medication names, and more. Used often in hospitals, ERs, and doctor’s offices to improve patient care, dictation is growing within the medical community, including veterinary practices.

Why Use Veterinary Dictation?
Whether you’re looking to make your management system more efficient, speed up your documentation, or save time doing menial tasks, speech to text software might just be the solution you’re looking for.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should incorporate it into your day to day work routine.

1. It Saves Time

With all the time spent on paperwork, notetaking, and other physical transcription, you might be losing valuable time that could be invested in patient care.

The average person speaks five times faster than they type—up to 150 words per minute. This means a speech to text dictation service can cut your documentation time in half. Increasing your speed can transform the way you run your practice, freeing up more time to give patients the attention they deserve and improving the efficiency of your workflow.

2. It Saves Money

Some practices are hesitant to invest in a professional dictation service. But the up-front investment in a dictation service could actually save you money in the long run.

Cutting down on the hours spent handwriting or typing notes allows for more patients to be seen. It can also improve efficiency at the front desk, which allows patients to be processed faster, cuts down on wait times, and increases overall revenue.

3. It Improves Accuracy

For many veterinarians, a busy daily schedule doesn’t leave much idle time for typing up patient notes. This means that some documentation might not be written up until hours later, or it may never be done at all. Even when notes are completed, they’re more likely to be riddled with typos or written with little detail.

Without the detail and accuracy of notetaking through dictation, your practice could be vulnerable to lawsuits, liability issues, or even disciplinary action.

The Bottom Line

As medical technology becomes more advanced, it’s time to adapt to the growing demands of modern veterinary practice. Investing in dictation software will do more than free up additional time—it can maximize efficiency in your workplace and improve the quality of care.

Ready to simplify your workday and spend more time with patients? Talkatoo is a dictation service that is built for veterinarians from the ground up. Our software is easy to use and doesn’t require additional training. Sign up today to try it out for free!


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