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The context of the current study was mandatory adoption of electronic clinical documentation within a large mental health care organization. Psychiatric electronic documentation has unique needs by the nature of dense narrative content. The authors goal was to determine if Speech Recognition (SR) would ease the creation of electronic Progress Note (ePN) documents by physicians at their institution. Twelve physicians had access to SR software on their computers for a period of four weeks to create ePN. Measurements: The authors examined SR software in relation to its perceived usability, data entry time savings, impact on the quality of care and quality of documentation, and the impact on clinical and administrative workflow, as compared to existing methods for data entry.
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