Eighty percent of physicians believe that within 5 years, virtual assistants will drastically change how they interact and use electronic health records and other healthcare apps, according to a recent survey of U.S. doctors.
Siri and her siblings may be multiplying into the healthcare arena. Eighty percent of physicians believe that within 5 years, virtual assistants similar to the one used by the iPhone will drastically change how they interact and use electronic health records (EHRs) and other healthcare apps, according to a recent survey of U.S. doctors by technology company Nuance Communications. Respondents said that they expect the technology will make them more efficient and free up time to spend on patients.
Responding physicians said that mobile virtual assistants could impact healthcare most by helping them access information in EHRs and navigate through the process using conversational commands. One out of three doctors answering the survey said they spend 30% or more of the day on administrative duties, activities that could be redirected or removed using voice-enabled virtual assistants.
“Mobile virtual assistants have the potential to reinvent the way we deliver patient care,” says Alireza Shafaie, MD, of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “As a consumer, I already experience the value of mobile assistants and would love to bring that natural, intelligence-based dialogue to my work as a primary care physician. For every one patient I see I have to communicate my recommendations in three different places. A mobile adviser that could do that on my behalf in one shot would give me back more time in what truly matters: time with my patients.”