Office of Technology Transfer – University of Michigan

Tablet Based, Voice Controlled Medical Record Program for Information Retrieval

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John M. Wilson
Managed By
Drew Bennett
Associate Director - Software Licensing 734-615-4004

Electronic health record systems will soon be implemented nationwide. In a healthcare setting, documentation serves as the only communication between services at the point of care. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) set aside $27 billion towards the development of a nationwide electronic health record system. Electronic health record systems, also known as electronic patient records and electronic medical records have been implemented in a number of hospitals and ambulatory environments. Electronic health records are believed to be superior to traditional paper based methods of record keeping by automating some processes and minimizing medical errors; they have also demonstrated significant cost savings for healthcare facilities. However, input and retrieval of data in an electronic health record system is often more time consuming for healthcare providers at the point of care when compared to traditional methods.

Medical information retrieval can be achieved by verbal commands. Voice controlled applications on electronic devices are increasing in popularity. Physicians at the University of Michigan Medical Center have conceptualized a method of information retrieval from electronic health records. This technology would allow for patient information to be conveniently accessed by verbal commands via a tablet or other handheld device.

Applications • Rapid voice controlled retrieval of medical information

Advantages • Convenient • Time saving and efficient