New tech helping Mackay clinicians save time

July 4, 2023 6:32 am in by
Credit: MHHS

Mackay Base Hospital’s use of voice to text software will feature on the international stage at a Sydney conference next week.

Chief Digital Director Medical Services Dr Pieter Nel has been selected from more than 950 submissions to present at MedInfo23, a world congress on medical and health informatics.

The former director of the Emergency Department has found a new passion in health information and supporting improved healthcare through technology.

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His presentation focuses on how Dragon Medical One is freeing up clinicians to spend more time with patients and less time typing up notes.

“Speaking at an international conference this size was always on my bucket list, so it is a huge honour to have been chosen,” Dr Nel says.

Dr Nel is excited to share data that quantified the benefits delivered by digital hospital technology.

Data from the Dragon Medical One rollout shows that an average of one hour of clinical time is released a day for patient care.

Mackay Base Hospital has 419 licences under the Patient Flow Intensive Program for the recognition technology across the hospital including mental health, emergency, allied health and intensive care.

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“Using this software is improving clinician satisfaction and reducing stress. It’s a big thing to be able to take your allocated breaks and to often go home on time.

“Any technology that supports the satisfaction of our clinical staff is important.

“It’s also going to be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Mackay Base Hospital as a progressive place to work,” Dr Nel says.