3M launches smartphone physician dictation app

By Brian Dolan
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3M launched a new physician dictation application for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices that allows physicians to use a single tool for phone, email and dictation, the company stated in a release. Since the device provides data access through WiFi or 3G , 3M's software, called 3M Mobile Dictation, does not require the user to synch his dictation software with the server since it provides always-on connectivity. The software also enables physicians to view patient lists, search patient IDs and display the most current patient information on their phone's screen.

3M Mobile Dictation captures and transmits the voice notes, encrypts them and securely transmits them to be transcribed and entered into the physician's EMR or practice management system. The software works with transcription services including 3M ChartScript and 3M VoiceScript.

“This new software makes it possible for physicians to dictate using the smartphone they’re already carrying. It gives care providers greater control over the dictation process, while still meeting essential data privacy and security requirements,” Ray Terrill, Senior Vice President, for 3M Health Information Systems, stated in a company release.

For more, read this press release