Nuance Introduces AI Tool for Clinical Documentation

by | Oct 16, 2023 | EHR & Interoperability

The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare has seen an increase, primarily aimed at improving efficiency and reducing the administrative tasks of healthcare professionals. Nuance Communications, Inc., affiliated with Microsoft, has released the Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Copilot. This tool utilizes conversational, ambient, and generative AI to produce draft clinical summaries based on discussions from both exam rooms and telehealth sessions. Once generated, these summaries are available for physician review and can be incorporated into the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.

The introduction of AI tools like DAX Copilot in healthcare is a clear example of The U.S. healthcare system has been moving towards incorporating more AI tools, with an objective to streamline clinical tasks and address the reported increase in clinician burnout associated with administrative responsibilities. A 2023 Medscape study revealed that 53% of physicians reported feelings of burnout, an increase from 42% in 2018. Further data from Morgan Stanley suggests a growing investment in AI within healthcare, projecting it to reach close to 11% by 2024 from 5.7% in 2022. Given these data points, tools that can simplify documentation processes and potentially reduce clinicians’ administrative tasks are gaining attention.

Nuance has a history in this sector, having developed several AI-enhanced healthcare solutions. One of these solutions is Dragon Medical One, a cloud-based speech recognition software designed to assist in clinical documentation. Earning the ‘Best in KLAS’ title for three consecutive years, this software is used by over 550,000 users globally. It allows clinicians to record patient stories efficiently and integrates well with existing EHR systems.

DAX Copilot is a part of Nuance’s broader Dragon suite, which has seen adoption in the healthcare community. Reports from clinicians using these tools indicate a 70% decrease in feelings of burnout, a 50% reduction in the time dedicated to documentation, and time savings of an average of seven minutes per patient interaction. This seems to pave the way for more patient consultations daily. Preliminary feedback from users of DAX Copilot has been positive, showing an improved work-life balance and job satisfaction, as well as reduced feelings of burnout. Tools like DAX Copilot that aim to simplify tasks and improve efficiency are becoming more integrated into daily operations, offering potential benefits for both healthcare providers and patients.

Suhas Uliyar, senior vice president of product management at Oracle Health, stated that the EHR should “stand as the primary tool for providers in offering attentive and individualized care to their patients.”

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