Think It –> EMR It

Posted on March 28, 2006 I Written By

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Sure, Dragon Naturally Speaking is amazing voice recognition software and very useful to an EMR. Biometrics is great for security and speed of access. Facial recognition still utterly amazes me. However, they all pale in comparison to this possible development:

The Berlin Brain-Computer Interface (BBCI) dubbed the “mental typewriter” was created by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and Charit, the medical school of Berlin Humboldt University in Germany. It was shown off at the CeBit electronics fair in Hanover, Germany.

The machine makes it possible to type messages onto a computer screen by mentally controlling the movement of a cursor. A user must wear a cap containing electrodes that measure electrical activity inside the brain, known as an electroencephalogram (EEG) signal, and imagine moving their left or right arm in order to manoeuvre the cursor around.

“It’s a very strange sensation,” says Gabriel Curio at Charit. “And you can understand from the crowds watching that the potential is huge.”

“Mental Typewriter controlled by thought alone”

How amazing would it be for your thoughts to automatically get inputted into an EMR? This invention would not only revolutionize EMR, but just about everything we do. We really have no idea what new technology is going to be here 20-30 years down the road. Get in! Buckle Up and get ready for the ride. This technology is crazy!!