HIMSS: Montrue wins Nuances Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge

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Nuance Communications has selected the SparrowEDIS emergency department information system, developed by Ashland, Ore.-based startup Montrue Technologies, as the winner of the 2012 Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge.

The challenge was a month-long event that called upon healthcare developers to voice-enable mobile or web-based healthcare applications. The winners were announced Feb. 22 at the 2012 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society conference in Las Vegas.

SparrowEDIS allows doctors and nurses to use an iPad and Nuance voice recognition technology to dictate at the point-of-care, check prescription interaction issues, create prescription orders and share discharge instructions.

More than 30 developers participated in Nuance’s challenge, with submissions judged on pre-defined criteria that focused on innovation, functional implementation, visual appeal and benefits to patient care and workflow.

Coming in behind Montrue Technologies, Remedy Systems won first prize for speech-enabling their Deep Query Engine application (app), which enables physicians to interact and organize their practice via voice commands. Second prize was given to WholeSlide for a voice-enabled educational program app.