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As the healthcare industry evolves, physicians find themselves with less and less time to spend with patients. As a result, voice-enabled mHealth apps, such as AskMD and Sense.ly, are emerging to empower patients and enable them to take a more active role in their own health and well-being.

The latest estimates suggest that new physicians only have about eight minutes to spend with each patient.  Today, much of their time is being devoted to “punching below their weight.”  In other words, while time focused on patient care wanes, resources and efforts devoted to things like paperwork (albeit digital paperwork) are on the rise as physicians are forced to shoulder growing regulatory demands while also driving toward the creation of a“learning” healthcare system.

 

 

Intelligent systems have the ability to not only interact on a human level, but also understand and reason to deliver a desired outcome – such as finding and instantly playing a movie or, from a more clinical perspective, giving physicians easy access to data locked within the electronic health record (EHR).

 

Helping physicians make the most of their time with the patient

For physicians, intelligent systems come in the form of natural, conversational and intuitive technologies that break down IT barriers that sit between the physician and the patient – getting technology to work for doctors, rather than against them.  Intelligent systems help doctors address ever-changing technological shifts in order to get them back to the bedside practicing the art of medicine, despite increased demands on their time and resources.

 

Giving patients the tools to more actively engage in proactive care

In addition to streamlining administrative duties and easing the burden of the shift to digital care for physicians, we need patients to become more engaged in order to truly increase the value of care and drive down costs.  A critical component to empowering patients is arming them with intelligent systems of their own that allow them to access information on-the-go in order to gain initial insights on symptoms and care treatments so that they can make the most of the eight minutes with their physician.

 

more at http://whatsnext.nuance.com/2014-year-empowered-patientand-physician/

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