Lyle B. Hunt, M.D.
I am a practicing General Surgeon in the trenches of private practice. For the past 50 years there has been a steady stream of technological
improvements for the transcription of MEDICAL RECORDS. Although there have been improvements in transcription services there has been little improvement, if any, in the way the individual physicians work.
As the demands for more and more documentation mounted, I felt overwhelmed. I would see a patient and take notes, (time
) then examine them and write more notes, (time) I would walk out of the exam room and immediately be bombarded with other details of running a practice. By the end of the day, I had 2 hours of paper
work yet to be completed. (time my patients don't see me spending in their behalf) Shuffling through my notes (time) I try to recall if that carotid bruit was on the left or the right. After
dictating, I pay my transcriptionist to type up the consultations. A few days later, I have a stack of patient records to proof read (time) after they are transcribed. Many times I would
dictate my consultation, then turn around and dictate the same information (time) for the hospital
admission history and physical. Often the patient would have surgery and be discharged from the hospital before the referring physician ever received
my consultation letter.
That is why I developed Turbo-Doc.
With the aid of WIRELESS and NETWORK technology I am able to complete my patient's work up, print out orders, write prescription,
print the consultation, history and physical and progress note forms prior to leaving the patient's room.
On mobile laptops and tablets I can work from home
or the hospital/surgery center.
Using the TurboDoc
Online patient registration my patients can fill
out their demographic, insurance and past
medical history information from the convenience
of their home. I find I get more accurate
information when the fill this out at home
rather than while sitting in my waiting room.
Once completed the records are saved into a database for later retrieval.
As the database is also stored on my portable laptop computer I am able to carry my patient records with
me to the hospital, emergency room, another office and even home. You only have to see one patient in the emergency room in the middle of the night when the medical records department can not find the old chart and
your office is closed down for the night, to appreciate the time savings. Today many laptop computers have hard disk storage capacity
of multiple gigabytes. I have over
7000 patients and 20,000 visits
(most 2 or 3 page history and physicals)
and 5000 operative notes
and the database size is just over 100 megabytes of disk space. The records are instantly retrievable, legible and may be printed out.
Database information can be transferred back and
forth to your Palm Pilot with a simple HotSync.
Utilizing FAX Modems
and Email, the records may be sent to the admitting hospital as well as
to other physicians immediately.
If you want to improve your documentation and reimbursements while saving
"your time" and "your money" without cutting the
quality of patient care you provide, you should evaluate Turbo-Doc. We offer a
limited DEMO that you may download or order. You may
also order our full working copy of Turbo-Doc with the multimedia DEMO on CD-ROM for $30 (US). This will allow you to try the full Turbo-Doc
program (entering up to 35 patients) and assess first hand how Turbo-Doc can assist you in your practice.