Most medical reports today are narrative blocks of texts, like this paragraph. They are usually created through a cycle of dictation, transcription, editing and finally sign-off. The process is slow, error prone and expensive.
Synoptec is a simple software solution that replaces narrative transcription with template-based synoptic reports. These reports are completed directly by the clinician, often using a smart phone or tablet computer. A well-organized layout of predefined choices (check-boxes, radio buttons, etc.) and short answer text guides the process. As selections are made the template updates dynamically to include only those options consistent with earlier input. Short narrative sections may be still be included in the template, but they are minimized. Touch and dictation are supported as entry methods. For clinicians preferring a mouse and keyboard, Macs and PCs are also supported.
Using Synoptec to complete reports requires considerably less time than the dictation, edit, sign-off cycle, or typing in a word-processor. Unlike narrative text, error checking is automatic—nothing is forgotten, responses are consistent for context (e.g. gender, procedure type etc.), and all ranges are verified. The entire reporting process from case selection to sign-off is typically completed in a few minutes. Even distribution of the report back to health records, referring providers or other EMRs is automated.