Voice Recognition

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Speech recognition and voice dictation software vendors embraced the term 'real-time' at this year's Radiological Society of North America show in Chicago, highlighting systems that efficiently and accurately convert voice to text and improve report turaround time and increase productivity. The technology has been raising some eyebrows, and show goers were curious to see just how vendors have been addressing some of the technology's past problems. Vendors demonstrated flexible systems that permit dictation via telephone, PC, internet, handheld recorder and PDA, as well as showcased systems - integrated with numerous report generating tools - that radiologists can launch instantly while reviewing PACS images.

Commissure introduced at RSNA its RadWhere Suite and RadPort Suite - two robust software systems for clinicians and radiologists that increase efficiency and communication.

RadWhere Suite improves the means by which reports are created, decisions are made and communications completed, the company says. Its real-time speech reporting component uses patented natural language understanding algorithms to speed the reporting process that reduces how much the radiologist must say to complete a report. Real-time auto structuring enables automated knowledge access for mining clinical data as the radiologist speaks, allowing for intelligent access to relevant data in the diagnostic decision support process. RadWhere Suite also is capable of analyzing radiology reports and coding them with the proper ICD9 codes, eliminating the need for manual coding. RadWhere's enterprise teleradiology component solves the problems associated with servicing multiple sites and using multiple applications by connecting to all sites and providing a single workstation in which to access studies. 

RadPort Suite focuses on assisting referring clinicians with the task of ordering radiology exams and accessing multi-media results for their patients. RadPort's Decision Support component adds a comprehensive and continuously updated knowledge base that provides real-time decision support information to clinicians at the time of ordering by suggesting the most appropriate exam based on indications and history. RadPort also has the ability to allow the referring physician to easily check the status of an exam and review the report after the exam has been performed, solving the problems associated with results distribution. RadPort's Practice Builder component allows a radiology administrator or manager to examine ordering patterns of referring clinicians for utilization management and quality assurance purposes.

Crescendo showcased the MD Center-XL with Speech Processing, a new author correction module for its speech recognition software powered by SpeechMagic from Philips.

According to Crescendo, users can now dictate, review and correct recognized text returned from the speech recognition server, perform synchronized playback and sign off dictations and reports from one single application. The application is best suited for environments such as radiology, pathology and ER, where reports are relatively short and experienced medical transcriptionists hard to find, Crescendo says.

Dictaphone Corp. at RSNA debuted the PowerMicII microphone that combines dictation and review functions with Microsoft Windows mouse capabilities to support physicians who are dictating and self-correcting reports generated with speech recognition technology.

The PowerMicII is designed for healthcare providers using Dictaphone's Enterprise workstation and PowerScribe workstation speech recognition systems. The new microphone buttons include: a fingertip track-point button to control the onscreen cursor; a dedicated tab backward button to complement the tab forward functionality on the current microphone, voice-driven templates and form fill-ins; a transcribe button to recognize speech or send dictation to a transcriptionist automatically, when physician self-completion will not be used; and a dedicated "enter/select" button.

Dictaphone says the microphone's functions are adjustable through the Windows control panel. Microphone users also get audible feedback upon successful barcode scan when using the microphone's optional integrated scanner.

The PowerMicII will begin shipping with new Enterprise workstation and PowerScribe orders later this year, Dictaphone says.

MedQuist highlighted SpeechQ for Radiology, a speech recognition system designed specifically for