HIMSS: 3M introduces platform for physician mobile devices

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3M Health Information Systems is looking to give "physicians back their mobility" in 2010,  David Owen, product line marketing manager, told CMIO at HIMSS10 in Atlanta last week, where the company introduced its Mobile Dictation platform for smartphones, designed for healthcare providers.

For other similar platforms on the market, a physician can dictate and electronically sign the transcription in one step. The product however, allows for back-end speech recognition, explained Owen.

Instead of dictation routing to a transcription platform that allows the transcriptionist to type the report and the doctor to electronically sign the file, the voice file becomes a draft that the transcriptionist can edit, by way of a special user interface, said Owen.

The product is available on the Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile operating systems and runs off of wireless or 3G networks, depending on the physician’s location, said the company. “Forty percent of doctors have smartphones, so they don’t have to make a switch,” Owen said.   

In addition, the platform meets all security and privacy requirements, including the FIPS-142 security protocol. The device does not contain patient health information, but instead, it pulls it off of the hospital information server, explained Owen. If the physician loses the device, there is no security risk to the patients as the system logs out and the dictation is encrypted and stored temporarily on the device, according to Owen.

Moreover, all data transfer happens in the background, which allows the physician to continue making other dictations while the device is transferring previous work, said the company.

Owen noted that a benefit of the system is that it helps physician and hospital workflow, particularly with its configurable dictation worklists.

“We integrate with the hospital information system to get patient demographics, which can take 15-30 seconds for [the physician] to enter in themselves,” he said. “When you add it up over seeing 20-40 patients a day, this will save them enough time to get an additional patient visit.”