Best Medical Transcription Software for Mac
Recently we’ve been discussing many of the popular ways medical transcription software is used to relieve some of the medical documentation load that plagues physicians and care providers. But, many of these technologies are only available on Windows systems and not compatible with Mac or Apple products. This week we’re going to break down the best medical transcription software for Mac devices.
We’ve delved deeply into this topic in past weeks, so we won’t bore you with too much background information here, but context is necessary. Remember, medical transcription software leverages voice recognition technology to produce medical notes in real time. Physician’s dictate into the device or software using a microphone, and the technology extracts and converts what they are saying into text. More advanced iterations of medical transcription software allow the physician to fill in the discrete fields of their EHR by specifically prompting the device using their voice, completing their medical note as they go. While useful, many care providers find medical transcription software to be tedious due to the extreme level of dictation needed to use the software in the way intended.
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What are some of the popular medical transcription softwares compatible with Mac systems?
It’s important to understand the difference between Software as a Service (SaaS) and traditional Mac-compatible software. Traditional software was downloaded on to a Mac computer using a CD (remember those?), whereas SaaS products are web or cloud-based software applications that can be downloaded from a server and stored and accessed on your Mac computer. Popular SaaS products include DropBox and Google Workspace, and the key difference between the aforementioned SaaS software is that the user pays for the right to use it, rather than the right to own it. SaaS software usually operates on a subscription model. Almost all medical transcription and voice recognition software on the market today use this approach.
M*Modal Fluency Direct
M*Modal is a dictation device that integrates with EHR’s to transcribe and produce completed medical documentation. Using their “Fluency Direct” recording device a provider speaks into the microphone and uses their voice to move through each field of the SOAP note, and then the EHR. Their solution replaces typing with voice, and relies on detailed dictation to complete the clinical documentation. M*Modal is not specifically designed for Mac computers, but it is compatible by using their USB dependent Fluency Direct device and connecting it to a Mac computer through a USB-C to USB adapter. As far as the software itself, it is accessible on the cloud as a SaaS product, and is available for paying subscribers.
Mobius Conveyor by MobiusMD is a more advanced medical transcription and voice recognition program. Mobius conveyor is compatible with Mac computers by connecting their proprietary USB microphone device directly into your Mac computer, without the installation of any additional software. Mobius leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and voice recognition software to produce completed medical documents from voice dictations. As discussed in the past, these types of medical transcription voice recognition platforms are capable of filling the discrete fields of a provider’s SOAP note, but require a great deal of dictation to get there. For example, provider’s must use their voice to move through each section of their note, and must dictate every finding clearly, and in great detail, even having to record each element of punctuation. Mobius Conveyor is compatible with Mac computers either through their device or a user’s iPhone. It is not compatible with non-Apple smartphones.
Voicebox MD works in many of the same ways as Mobius Conveyor and other advanced dictation to transcription softwares. Voicebox MD uses machine learning to learn the nuances of a provider’s voice, and is designed to get better over time. Just like Mobius, Voicebox MD allows the provider to use macros to help expedite their documentation by using a prompt sentence to fill in larger portions of the medical document. It’s compatible with many popular EHR’s and allows care providers to use their voice to dictate medical documents and charts rather than type them. Voicebox MD claims to save providers 25 minutes a day, but users can be limited by the amount of detailed dictation they must perform in order to receive completed documents. Voicebox MD is available on Mac computers as well as iPhones and iPads.
Suki is a more robust solution than some of the previously discussed medical transcription softwares. It’s compatible with Mac’s through a cloud-based web service and uses natural language processing, voice and speech recognition, and machine learning to create a system that relies on less dictation than some of the previous examples. Because they use a more in depth AI-system, the dictation required by healthcare professionals to complete their medical documentation is not as involved as it is for other medical dictation and transcription systems. It doesn’t rely on any hardware or discs, just a subscription account to access the services through your Mac computer or device.
Saykara / Nuance Communications
Nuance Dragon Medical One, formerly Saykara, is also one of the more advanced solutions on the market. It is a cloud-based ambient solution that listens in on a patient encounter, and, through timely prompting, can log medical information based on what is discussed. They also offer an after-hours dictation tool that converts dictated patient health information into a medical note by relying on a clinician’s voice. This tool can be used through an Apple iPhone or iPad, and is accessed on the cloud as a SaaS platform.
The Best Medical Documentation Solution Software for Mac
When it comes to all-encompassing medical documentation solutions, DeepScribe is the best option for Mac users. Our advanced AI medical scribe doesn’t rely on any specific dictation or prompting. Instead, our highly advanced AI uses natural language processing (NLP) to extract all the necessary medical information directly from your natural patient conversation. From that, the DeepScribe network cross-references that information against thousands of other patient encounters and is able to classify which elements from a patient encounter belong in which section of your SOAP note. It then “pushes” the note directly into the discrete fields of many of the popular EHR’s. DeepScribe requires an Apple iPhone or iPad in order to capture a high fidelity recording of the patient encounter, but then makes the medical documentation and note accessible on both Mac computers and Windows computers, or any device for that matter. To learn more about the DeepScribe product, how it integrates, and how it may be a good option for you and your practice, reach out.