Physician notes and software developed by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston could save patients hundreds of dollars on their medical bills, according to a new study.
Physician notes can help doctors and nurses track patients progress in their conditions.
Physician note software that uses a computer’s webcam can help diagnose and treat medical conditions, while the University at Buffalo College of Medicine has developed an app that lets users download and use notes and video.
Physicians are also increasingly using software to help diagnose, treat and monitor their patients.
The Physician Assistants of America, a trade group for doctors, says the industry has spent $1.7 billion on software since 2015.
A survey of physicians by Medscape Health found that almost half of the doctors surveyed had a physician assistant, a role that is often a secondary job, such as a secretary or nurse aide.
The report also found that more than one-third of doctors reported having a virtual assistant on staff, up from one-fifth a decade ago.
Medscape Health’s survey of more than 4,400 physicians surveyed nearly 2,000 of them about their health care use.
The survey of nearly 4,200 physicians was completed in February and March 2017.