Loretta Gallagher on How AI is Helping to Transform Clinical Documentation in EHR

Loretta Gallagher blog on EHR doctor righting on clipboard

In the medical field, electronic health records (otherwise referred to as EHR) have revolutionized how providers share client information. Companies like Gallagher Associates, which was single-handedly founded by Wayne, New Jersey resident Loretta Gallagher, aim to help medical practitioners implement EHR systems.

By eliminating analog methods and paper records, doctors are now able to more freely share data across platforms. Though the implementation of EHR has had countless benefits for physicians and patients alike, it also leads to a burnout: practitioners are tired of spending their time navigating a computer system.

Thankfully, there’s already been promising advancements in developing technology to relieve physicians from the taxing and repetitive tasks associated with using EHRs. With the implementation of artificial intelligent systems (otherwise referred to as AI), EHRs will hopefully become an easier, more manageable record-keeping method

Less Note-Taking

Writing and reviewing notes can consume as much as 80% of a physician’s day. In the aims to lessen the stress and frustration caused by this task, technology is now being designed that will aid in the note-taking process. With promising developments in speech recognition and language processing technologies, it’s now possible for AI systems to take notes, and collect and sort them. In fact, AI technologies are quickly proving capable of taking notes more efficiently than many physicians.

More Time Face-to-Face with Patients

As much as 34-55 percent of a physician’s time is spent navigating the EHR system rather than interacting with the patients—a fact that has a toll on the physician and patient alike. Loretta

Loretta Gallagher doctor showing patient health information on screen

Gallagher is thrilled that now, AI systems are being developed that will perform the monotonous, repetitive tasks that take up a physician’s time. In the future, chores like note taking, data compilation, and data organization may be handled entirely by AI systems. For physicians, that means less time in front of the screen and more time with patients.

Better Insights

Because EHRs compile a patient’s information in one single, accessible location, AI technology is being constructed to help pull meaningful data from the medical record’s free text. These insights can sometimes help physicians effectively interpret data in ways otherwise not possible or expedite the conclusion of a diagnosis or treatment. While Loretta Gallagher notes that AI cannot substitute for a physician, it is proving itself a great tool in helping physicians decode and translate meaningful data that may have otherwise gone unutilized.

Final Thoughts

When Loretta Gallagher single-handedly launched her company more than 25 years ago, she had no idea that she would end up in the driven and fast-paced field of EMR implementation. Now, she looks forward to seeing how AI and other technologies continue to improve the practitioner’s experience. In building her company from the ground up, she’s learned there’s no limits to what technology can achieve. As AI is further integrated into the record-keeping process, she’s hopeful to see what benefits will come.