What is AI Medical Charting? The Easy Guide (2024)

You may not have noticed, but we’re in the far-flung future of 2024. And now, technological advances are changing everything about medical practices — down to near-sacred things like how doctors interact with medical charts

Today, AI medical charting is making huge waves, and saving doctors huge amounts of time while maintaining sky-high accuracy levels.

So, grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and let us tell you all about AI medical charting and how it works. 

We’ll cover: 

What is AI medical charting?

AI medical charting, or Artificial Intelligence-powered charting, uses software to automatically fill in parts of a patient's electronic medical record. 

AI studies a doctor's charting habits and the details of a patient's medical history to predict what should be included in each new note, saving physicians valuable time.

So, instead of typing out the same old information for each patient visit, the AI handles the mundane bits so you can have more face time with your patients. 

How does it work?

AI medical charting relies on Natural Language Processing (NLP) to understand doctors' notes, diagnoses, and patient data. NLP algorithms analyze this unstructured data and pull out the meaningful bits to create structured EHRs.

A good analogy would be having an army of interns who can instantly read and organize all your patient notes. Nifty, right? 

Also, these algorithms get smarter over time by learning from huge datasets of medical records. So the more they read, the better they get at understanding medical jargon and abbreviations.

So, before you know it, your new medical charting system will be churning out draft charts faster than a McDonald’s drive-thru does burgers.

Additionally, the software highlights anything it's unsure about for you to review. You just have to give it a once over, make any needed changes, and voila — the charting is done in a flash.

And if you’re thinking you’re about to cede all of your medical authority and autonomy, don't worry. The AI doesn't actually make any diagnoses or treatment decisions on its own. It just speeds the documentation process along. 

Think of it like autocorrect for medical charts. The AI makes suggestions based on what it's learned from real doctors, but you're still in the driver's seat. You maintain full control over the final medical record.

Is AI medical charting safe?

You're probably wondering — is AI going to keep my health info private or accidentally leak your patients’ medical history?

Rest assured, AI charting systems are designed with privacy, security, and HIPAA compliance in mind. 

They use encryption and other safeguards to keep all of your patient data under lock and key. While AI may be adept at diagnosing rashes or analyzing X-rays, it still needs human physicians to oversee and sign off on treatment plans. 

Is AI medical charting accurate?

With AI swooping in to take over parts of your job, can you really trust a bot to handle something as important as your patient's charting? 

But before you dismiss AI charting altogether, know that these systems are designed with safety and accuracy in mind.

The best-of-the-best have accuracy levels over 99%.

Let’s explore things in a bit more detail:

The truth? Physicians report AI systems increasing the accuracy of their charting by 90%. And the data doesn’t lie. 

Are other medical practitioners doing it?

The short answer is yes — and many are already seeing major benefits.

Some pioneering physicians have already made the switch to AI-powered charting solutions:

And he’s not alone. Busy physicians like Dr. Bradley are already swearing by this new tech and its benefits for accuracy and doctor/patient interactions. 

Of course, as with any new technology, there is an initial learning curve. However, many doctors and healthcare systems have said the benefits outweigh the costs by several orders of magnitude. 

How much time can you save with AI medical charting?

The TL;DR? A lot. On average, doctors and clinicians are seeing time-savings of 2 hours per day by using Lindy. 

Nurses and staff see even more pronounced benefits and have reported saving up to 3 hours per shift in documentation time. That adds up to over 1,000 hours per month that can now be spent on direct patient care. Talk about a win-win!

So, the time savings can really add up. Over the course of a week, that’s nearly a whole extra day freed up to see more patients…or simply catch up on your favorite TV shows. 

Are there any drawbacks to AI medical charting?

While AI charting has some promising benefits, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, especially when it comes to getting used to AI becoming an everyday fixture in clinics.  

Let’s take a look at some potential drawbacks and growing pains: 

But, despite the drawbacks, the conclusions lean overwhelmingly in AI’s favor when it comes to accuracy, security, and reliability. 

Summing up

That’s all there is to it! AI medical charting has come a long way since the early days now, it’s more than just potential. 

So, no more hunting and pecking or scribbling illegible notes. AI medical charting can completely reshape the way you approach notes, and help bring back some candor to doctor/patient interactions. 

Plus, the massive gains in accuracy and the hours you’ll get back each day can’t hurt.

Next steps

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