Business: Medicine
Audio Documentation   (-1)  [vote for, against]
Instead of illegible written jargon

Ill start by saying this was inspired by another idea (linked). Basically, since doctors have famously bad handwriting, and are in a rush, why not give them an audio recorder which takes memory sticks (or similar, I know memory sticks are the Sony version) to record the information. These are becoming very cheap, and are easy to use. The sticks can then be removed, signed and passed on for proccessing giving doctors more time to work.
-- miasere, Apr 05 2004

Inspiration http://www.halfbake...ing_20for_20doctors
inspiration...not theft [miasere, Oct 04 2004]

years ago when I was a medical secretary, all the letters and notes were recorded on a tape recorder!
-- po, Apr 05 2004

Did it help?
-- miasere, Apr 05 2004

actually the doctors I worked with all had nice handwriting. one script was extremely small but precise ( an indication of someone who specialises by the way ), another had very large clear extrovert type handwriting. I imagine it is the haste in which most doctors have to write that turns it all into scribble.

typing from audio tapes was quite useful and you could proceed at your own pace but I think it was the doctors who benefited most as they saved the muscles in their hands for surgery.
-- po, Apr 05 2004

Excellent. Im guessing having the writing 'claw' doesnt help when you have to do a heart by-pass
-- miasere, Apr 05 2004

I had a doctor once who, like po's, used to record his notes on a pocket dictating machine. What is all this idea seems to call for.
-- DrCurry, Apr 05 2004

Give the doctors multiple choice forms and let them spell, like:

Please check the correct box:
letter/digit 001: [A] [B] [C] ... [Z] [0] [1] ...
letter/digit 002: [A] [B] [C] ... [Z] [0] [1] ...

All they have to write then are X's and their signature. If either is a little off it doesn't matter.
-- kbecker, Apr 05 2004

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