There is a misconception that meeting Meaningful Use does not allow the use of dictated reports and that you have to use a Computer Physician Order Entry (CPOE) templated system or combination of CPOE template and voice recognition. This is not correct. To meet Meaningful Use the patient encounter information has be broken into specific categories and put into specific sections of the EHR. This can be accomplished by the information from the transcribed report being manually entered into the appropriate sections or via an Intelligent Interface.
A good example is the SOAP note format. This is the most common format in use for non specialty Medical Reports. SOAP - Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan. A clinician can dictate without changing their manner of dictation and the Medical Transcriptionist then breaks the report into the appropriate sections (with guidance from the clinician and staff). Then the report is delivered via Intelligent Interface directly into the appropriate sections based upon the SOAP sections. This allows the meeting of Meaningful Use requirements without forcing the clinician to change their workflow. For more information on Intelligent Interfaces see our Intelligent Interfaces.