Crescendo?s president highlights mobile dictation software
Crescendo Systems highlighted its DigiScribe-XL Digital Dictation Software during the 2008 HIMSS Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The DigiScribe-XL allows law firms and healthcare facilities to automate and streamline complex documentation workflows, thanks to a wide range of supported input devices (phone, PC microphone, handheld digital recorder, PDA), a Microsoft Word-based transcription interface and routing logic, Costa Madilaras, president, Crescendo, told Health Imaging News.

“This is an all-secure wireless transmission by using standard existing infrastructures to meet demands for security,” he said. “No data is left on the PDA since it is always being synchronized real-time. If the device is lost, they just lose the PDA, not the information.” All recordings are streamed live to the central SpeechMagic server he added, ensuring no information is ever stored locally.

With DigiScribe-XL Digital Dictation, authors have the choice to dictate: over a mobile or landline phone; on their PC / laptop; using a digital mobile recorder; using a pocket PC.

Specifically designed for dictation-intensive environments, Crescendo Speech Processing, powered by Philip Recognition’s SpeechMagic platform, offers a wide selection of professional vocabularies and modular features to accommodate your organization's specific needs, according to the Laval, Quebec-based company.

Nick van Terheyden, MD, chief medical officer, director business development, Philips Speech Recognition Systems, told Health Imaging News that speech recognition has had a troubled past. “It [speech recognition] worked in the past but it didn’t work to the standard or expectation of clinicians,” he said. “What has happened now is that the hardware has caught up and the software truly has reached tipping point.”

Terheyden said that speech recognition needs the technical infrastructure, the local support and the integration to make it work. “Without that, it will still fail today because it is too much hard work—but that is what is taken out of this with Crescendo’s software.”

From a speech engine standpoint, Terheyden said the industry has now reached a tipping point with “plain vanilla” speech recognition of delivering value. “The future is real time, clinically accurate information,” Terheyden said. “The value prop coming down the road is taking the spoken word and converting it into clinically actionable information with referenceable terms, normalized against coding, such as ICD9, that you can now start to drive activity.”

“This [value prop] changes the equation in healthcare from error reporting to error catching. The only way we are going to address that is with real time clinical information by extracting that clinical information as part of the speech-enabling process,” Terheyden added.