I’m not sure if I’ve had a stroke and am slurring my speech or if the Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition engine is just messing with me, but lately I’ve had to triple check my charts to make sure some bad transcriptions don’t get finalized into the record.
Earlier this month, I tweeted about one case where part of my discharge instructions to a patient suffering from GERD symptoms included: “Bland Diet.”
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking program translated that to: “Plan to die”.I could only imagine those instructions hitting the front page of our local newspaper if I hadn’t caught them.
The latest Dragonism was during a recent physical exam of a patient who fell.
He fell down some stairs and injured his ankle. I examined the rest of his body to make sure that there were no other injuries.
I dictated: “Left lower extremity with no pain to the hip or knee …”
Dragon transcribed: “Unfortunately with no pain to the hip or knee …”
Another one that probably wouldn’t look too good while blown up on a courtroom exhibit or in front of a state medical board.
I suppose typing has its advantages sometimes.