Philips, IGEL partner for digital dictation

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IGEL Technology, a thin client company, has partnered with Philips Speech Recognition Systems to bring digital dictation and speech recognition solutions to its Linux and XP embedded thin clients.

The Reading, England-based IGEL said the combined solution is expected to offer savings and has potential for the healthcare sector because it enables attaching digitally captured findings directly to patient files, where additional information can be added and stored.

Stephen Yeo, IGEL worldwide strategic marketing director, said that IGEL users will now have access to dictation devices, such as the Philips SpeechMike and industrial grade dictation and speech recognition technology, which will enable doctors to dictate their reports as audio files and record them on the server via an IGEL thin client which reduces the time spent on administrative activities.

After “their rounds, doctors can record their findings via the thin client and assign them to the appropriate patient files. This process can now be optimized even further using IGEL's ProScribe mobile thin client tablet, which supports dictation at the patient's bedside,” Yeo said.