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Monday
Jan062014

Sales and Marketing Exec - Jobsbridge

T-Pro are currently looking to take on a sales and Marketing Jobsbridge Intern for an exciting role as part of their speech recognition and digital voice productivity team. The role will be based in our Dublin 2 office.

The Jobsbridge scheme is open to anyone claiming social welfare. The scheme will pay an additional €50/week on top of current benefits for the duration of the internship. T-Pro will offer regular reviews and clear targets, with the hope of offering the successful candidate a full time position.

The successful candidate will have the chance to create their own permanent position within the company. This will involve taking new products to market and developing a sector of the business with the full personal, hands on and financial support of the existing team and management. 

You will be an IT savvy graduate with some knowledge of digital dictation and speech recognition or insights into sales and marketing. Experience is not necessary but any prior knowledge would be a bonus. 

Initially a fixed term internship, T-Pro is keen to provide support and education to help the right candidate increase revenues, drive sales and create a full time position going forward.T-Pro are currently looking to take on a sales and Marketing Jobsbridge Intern for an exciting role as part of their speech recognition and digital voice productivity team. The role will be based in our Dublin 2 office.

Tuesday
Nov262013

Smartphone Physicals Are Taking Off 

 

Cameron Scott from Singularity Hub takes us through some developments in Mobile Health:

"There’s no shortage of smartphone apps to help people track their health. And in recent months, medical apps have started growing up, leaving behind the novelty of attaching probes to a smartphone to offer, they hope, serious clinical tools.

Last month in a Ted Talk, Shiv Gaglani showed that a standard physical exam can now be done using only smartphone apps and attachments. From blood pressure cuff to stethoscope and otoscope — the thing the doctor uses to look in your ears — all of the doctor’s basic instruments are now available in “smart” format.

Gaglani described the project, called Smartphone Physical, as putting together “the new physicians handbag of the 21st century.”

The work has generated a lot of interest and will likely become the basis for a company. Working with fellow medical students Michael Hoaglin and Michael Batista, Gaglani has identified best-in-class devices and apps. The team is setting standards to continue to expand the list with apps and add-ons that are proven to work. They’re also exploring ways to make all of the individual tools work better together.

The current list of tools and explanatory website aim to raise awareness among doctors about the existence of the new technologies. There are no financial partnerships involved.

Some of the devices introduce aspects of crowdsourcing. For instance, the CellScope otoscope calls on a reference database of thousands of pictures of inner ears, whereas a single doctor will see only a fraction of that over the course of his or her career

Some of the instruments go beyond the tests performed in a physical exam. For example, SpiroSmart allows the iPhone to measure lung function by visually analyzing lip reverberation. (Traditional spirometers measure the air the patient exhales.)

The AliveCor ECG device reads cardiac activity, like its conventional counterpart, with electrodes. The electrodes and a single coin-size battery are all that’s added to the smartphone to create a machine accurate enough to be approved by the FDA.

Smaller, especially when it’s also cheaper, can be game changing."

Full article here: Link

& More here http://www.smartphonephysical.com/

 

 

Tuesday
Nov052013

Digital Dictation in a Modern Healthcare Ecosystem

The days when clinicians kept dictation recorders and a stack of tapes on their desk are gone. Some consultants have abandoned dictation completely, choosing to type their own clinical documents. While young doctors tend to be much better at typing and managing documents than their older contemporaries, they are also using their mobile devices, integrated flexible dictation solutions and their voices to be more productive. For many, advances in the voice-to-text workflows has become an essential part of driving an efficient and cost-effective document delivery process.

A variety of forces have driven dictation to evolve and improve. More and more hospitals, clinics and private practices are combining clinician voices with new technology to reduce overheads, operate more efficiently and enhance patient services by focusing on care giving and not administration. As medical voice productivity solutions continue to grow and adapt, clinicians can expect even better solutions going forward.

The Current State of Dictation

Legacy Systems

Dictation was once on the cutting edge of technology.  When first introduced it revolutionised the way clinicians produced documentation.  By utilising their voice to dictate letters or commands, they were able to delegate a portion of their administrative tasks and free up time for patient care.  Legacy dictation devices utilise analogue tapes which inevitably piled up on desks and were passed from pillar to post waiting to be typed by support staff. 

Since medical administrators were constantly interrupted with the more pressing tasks of running clinics and delivering patient care, turnaround of documents and notes that had been dictated was often slow and unreliable. Creating and tracking a reliable workflow was virtually impossible and as machines broke down, tapes degraded, and as word processing skills became more common place, many clinicians lost faith with dictation.

Current Solutions

With the advent of digital dictation, vendors are now able to create workflows, reports and monitoring, which streamlines the process.  Many clinicians have embraced smartphones and voice recognition software, bringing further savings and efficiencies to traditional dictation. Digital dictation is more accessible, of better quality and easier to manage, provoking an uptake of digital solutions across many hospitals, clinics and private practices in Ireland.

Once a file or note is dictated it is immediately available to monitor within a workflow.  This allows clinicians and administrators to manage volumes, ensure turnaround times and minimise errors within the document production workflow.

Clinicians are also using voice productivity solutions to maximise the time they spend with patients.  As well as referral letters and discharge summaries some clinicians also dictate procedure notes, emails and instructions to staff.  The time saved here allows them to see more patients and provide better care.

What to Expect in the Future

Looking ahead, software vendors and service providers are producing deeper integrations with other systems.  Clinicians and hospitals can now avail of voice productivity technology that is integrated with all aspects of their IT healthcare ecosystems, including utilising patient demographics in document creation and delivery, clinical notes and direct updating of patient records. Technologies like smartphone apps and telephony are increasing the availability and scope of voice productivity solutions, allowing clinicians to do more without intrusive or radical changes to their current practices.

Voice Recognition technologies and on demand medical transcription services mean that patient records and correspondence can now be updated in real time, ensuring more efficient and cost-effective patient care.

Some hospitals and practitioners continue to drag their feet, dismissing voice technologies as expensive and unnecessary.  But it is clear that with the latest innovations, voice productivity solutions do far more than save clinicians time typing documents.  The value of dictation now goes beyond cost and extends to the streamlining of the entire clinical documentation process.

Jonathan Larbey - CEO T-Pro

Thursday
Oct172013

Medical Transcription Infographic

Wednesday
Oct162013

Official launch of Diktamen in UK and Ireland

T-Pro are pleased to announce that following an agreement with our new software partner, we are launching the Diktamen digital dictation system at the HISI 20th November event, in Dublin.  

Developed as part of the Scandinavian health eco system and with market dominance across Finland and Sweden, Diktamen demonstrates a leap forward in the way hospital documentation is produced.

 

 

The key to Diktamen's success is that it provides a full workflow solution.  This means that T-Pro would be able to facilitate the dictating of notes and letters by Dr’s, the transcription of those files either in house or by our own medical transcriptionists and the upload of documents to your existing electronic patient records, all from a secure, hosted and managed platform.

By implementing Diktamen, hospitals are able to take control of there costs.  The in system reporting and clear stats means that hospitals can utilise 100%of their internal capacity and also have the flexibility to outsource dictations where necessary. 

  1. It’s good value 

  2. Easy to install, use and maintain – no major IT resources required to install and can be rolled out across a hospital in a matter of days. 

  3. Can be used in-house and/or to outsource overflows – this means that hospitals can always use 100% of their typing capacity, but any overflow or backlog will be dealt with by T-Pro's in country typists.  (In addition, the administration functions will allow you to directly compare the cost, accuracy and speed of outsourced and in-house work)

  4. Integrates with EPR’s – system can be integrated directly with existing systems without extra cost or the need to involve vendors.

  

Dictation

We offer a variety of options when it comes to dictation.  These include traditional handheld and desktop devices, smartphone applications and Telephony.  Telephony is particularly popular with larger hospitals as it means there is no need to buy or maintain any hardware.  Dr’s simply pick up the nearest phone or call directly from their mobile and dictate.

  

Transcription

Administrator accounts can manage the flow of dictations to transcribers, who have easy access to jobs based on speciality.  If work builds up, sickness or holidays mean that hospital staff are unable to keep up with demand, T-Pro has Irish medical secretaries available to pick up any overflow.  This means that hospitals can ensure that they are maximising their staffing capacity without worrying about backlogs.  Direct comparisons can also be draw between in-house and outsourced work allowing the hospital to clearly see where savings can be made.

  

EPR’s

The upload of documents to patient records is a process that is easily automated.  This can often be done within 48 hours and doesn't require the input or often high costs of the software vendor.

  

Costs

Unlike other dictation systems, hardware costs are little to none.  All IT infrastucture is purchased and maintained by T-Pro. Consequently there is no need for internal IT resources whose time and salaries are often a large portion of the costs associated with implementing digital dictation.  Hospitals simply pay a maintenance fee for the software based on the number of users (users can be added or removed at any stage and there are very good value site licences available to ensure costs are kept to a minimum).  Outsourced transcription is then priced on a per line basis and demonstrates further significant cost savings.

 

If you would like to learn more about how T-Pro and Diktamen could streamline your workflows and reduce your costs call us: 01 9696400