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    Best tech for Pediatrics: 2017

    It’s time for Dr. Schuman’s annual year-end review of the new tech that’s changing how pediatricians care for children. Check out his recommendations!

    Dr. Schuman selects and reviews products independently; manufacturers cannot pay to be listed.

    It has been another outstanding year for medical technology and innovation. Without further ado, let’s get to this year’s outstanding tech to consider for your practice.

    Dragon Medical One

    I feel strongly that physicians should make every effort to expedite and simplify note completion. I have been using Dragon for Mac Medical for 2 years, but recently I upgraded to Dragon Medical One. This is a subscription cloud-based version of Dragon Medical that is a significant improvement upon previous versions. Dragon Medical One is 99% accurate “without initial training,” and its accuracy improves as you use it. The software speeds note completion (you can dictate 3 times faster than you can type), corrects errors easily, and utilizes voice “macros” to insert templates, phrases, and navigate from one area of the electronic health record (EHR) to another. It also uses a smartphone application (either Android or iOS) to convert your phone into a wireless microphone, complete with buttons that can be assigned to macros. If you haven’t tried voice dictation yet, consider Dragon Medical One. By doing so, you will regain valuable time and will no longer be overwhelmed by medical documentation!

    PlusoptiX S16

    Amblyopia, defined as poor vision caused by abnormal development of visual areas of the brain, occurs in as many as 2% to 4% of children.1 It is associated with several risk factors that include strabismus, anisometropia, astigmatism, hyperopia, and media opacity.

    Related: USPSTF finalized recommendation on vision screening in kids

    Since adopting the mobile plusoptiX S12C vision screener (Plusoptix Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia) in our practice more than 3 years ago, we have diagnosed countless children with ophthalmic conditions that place them at risk for amblyopia. New this year is the Vision Screener plusoptiX S16 for those practices who wish to photoscreen children in a dedicated “screening” room rather than bring a mobile screener into the exam room with the patient. The S16 features a handheld screener tethered to a base (a computer in disguise) that is connected to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard (all not included). The user interface is easy to navigate and one can print results via any network-connected printer. The S16 is priced at about $6000. Plusoptix also recently implemented a universal printer driver for Windows computers called plusoptiXconnect that facilitates sharing your findings with patients.

    NEXT: The latest in vision screening tech

    Andrew J Schuman, MD, FAAP
    Dr Schuman, section editor for Peds v2.0, is clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, ...

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