NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc. has announced a reseller agreement with Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of speech-driven clinical documentation, clinical language understanding and analytics solutions to more than 450,000 physicians and 10,000 healthcare institutions worldwide.
Under the agreement, NextGen Healthcare will resell Nuance’s Dragon Medical speech recognition software to its NextGen® Ambulatory EHR clients, enabling physicians and administrators to navigate, dictate and correct medical documents by voice, directly within the electronic health record (EHR). Dragon Medical software is currently used by more than 180,000 clinicians worldwide. By incorporating the software as part of the NextGen Ambulatory EHR workflow, healthcare organizations can:
— Improve physicians’ clinical documentation productivity;
— Minimize time and costs associated medical transcription;
— Drive appropriate levels of reimbursement through more complete documentation;
— Increase patient engagement by enabling providers to capture data at a discrete level; and,
— Enhance the quality of clinical notes to facilitate better care coordination.
“Dragon Medical provides physicians and their staff the freedom to incorporate high-value, customized narratives as part of patients’ medical records,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Healthcare. “Together, advanced voice and language understanding solutions make it possible to capture the complete patient story and enable unprecedented access and interaction with the data that has been captured. We believe this collaboration with EHR leader NextGen Healthcare will bring far-reaching benefits to its diverse client base.”
“With healthcare reform initiatives such as Meaningful Use and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continually emerging and evolving, the ability to collect patient data in a discrete manner is perhaps now more important than ever,” noted Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare. “The comprehensive reporting capabilities offered by NextGen Ambulatory EHR are best utilized when discrete data is not only accessible but also stored in the proper format. Leveraging Nuance technology will provide our clients the flexibility needed to capture patient data and effectively populate it through our powerful reporting engine. We believe that Dragon Medical will complement and enhance the breadth and depth of our EHR capability.”