Mental health services are an important part of the New Zealand health system with demand for mental health assistance growing significantly over the last two decades. With the increase in care volumes comes an increase in the clinical documentation demanded of our mental health clinicians. Speech recognition is one of the key technologies that can help clinicians spend less time on documentation and more time caring for the well-being of their clients and patients.
According to Stats NZ, Data from the 2021 General Social Survey showed that New Zealanders’ overall mental well-being has declined since 2018. There is a significant increase in the proportion of people with poor mental wellbeing, up from 22 percent in 2018 to 28 percent in 2021.
New Zealanders’ mental well-being has declined
The demand for mental health support has been compounded by the prevalence of COVID-19 as New Zealanders had to deal with the impacts of the pandemic. Inevitably, the surge for mental health assistance will exacerbate the volume of documentation that already busy clinicians are required to complete, such as assessments, referrals, progress reports and client care plans.
Speech recognition is a technology mental health clinicians can employ to boost productivity, enable remote working and improve the quality of their notes. Using your voice is a more natural and efficient way to capture the complete patient story.
With speech-to-text technology clinical documentation can be created faster and more accurately than ever before. Dragon Medical One is easy to use cloud based and AI-powered software, that can also speed up navigation in the electronic medical record system (EMR).
It has never been more important for psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and mental health nurses to create detailed and accurate documentation with speed and efficiency.
According to a recent study by BMC Psychiatry, burnout appears to affect one in three psychiatrists in New Zealand. Many attribute their feelings of burnout to demand for their services.
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Burnout affects one in three psychiatrists in New Zealand
Dragon Medical One is a high-calibre conversational speech-to-text tool and documentation companion for medical professionals. It empowers clinicians to create comprehensive clinical documentation more efficiently using just their voice.
It is very easy to use and designed for speed, accuracy, and flexibility. Dragon Medical One comes with specialist medical vocabulary, New Zealand place names, Government entities, and commonly used Te Reo.
Additional features like predefined text, automatic formatting, step by step commands will help you save even more time.
The result is amazing: 45% less time spent on documentation with Dragon speech-to-text software!