Voice Recognition speaks and everyone can listen

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More and more healthcare providers are implementing speech/voice recognition software for physicians to use when completing reports. The technology promises a more streamlined reporting process and faster report turnaround time, in addition to better connectivity to hospital-wide information systems for enterprise-wide access.

Commissure (Booth #6925) is using RSNA to mark its recent debut and roll out its first two products, the RadWhere Suite and RadPort Suite. RadWhere offers a real-time speech-reporting component that uses patented natural language understanding algorithms to speed the reporting process and reduces the number of words the radiologist must say to complete a report.  Real-time auto structuring enables automated knowledge access for mining clinical data as the radiologist speaks. It also offers an enterprise teleradiology component, and can apply ICD9 codes.

RadPort assists referring physicians in ordering the most clinically effective radiology exams based on patient conditions, and accessing multi-media results for their patients. The decision support criteria, based on prior work by the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria in this area, were developed with the help of more than 1,500 clinicians over 10 years.

Crescendo Systems Corp. (Booth #4878) is showcasing MD Center-XL with Speech Processing, a new author correction module for its speech recognition software, which is powered by SpeechMagic from Philips. Authors can now review recognized text that has been returned from the speech recognition server, make their own corrections, perform synchronized playback and electronically sign dictations and/or reports. In environments such as radiology, pathology and emergency medicine, where reports are relatively short and experienced medical transcriptionists hard to find, this new module will help streamline report turnaround while concentrating the authors' efforts on one single application, Crescendo said.

Dictaphone Corp. (Booth #2529) is unveiling its next generation of plug-and-play, USB speech recognition microphones for radiology. Available in both scanner and non-scanner models, the new microphone includes a pointing device, mouse functionality, redesigned ergonomic button layout and additional functionality to enable easy, on-screen navigation while dictating reports.

The company also is demonstrating the Interventional Radiology Language Model added to its April release of PowerScribe Workstation 4.7. The new language model was built specifically for interventional radiology reporting and increases speech recognition accuracy and efficiency. Additionally, PowerScribe includes support for consultative patient documentation as well as the more technical documentation from the exam interpretation commonly found in an interventional radiology workflow.

ScanSoft (Booth #7170) is highlighting at RSNA the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical voice recognition product which helps healthcare organizations eliminate the high cost and long turnaround time associated with manual transcription of patient information.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking fits into existing enterprise IT infrastructures and works with most electronic medical record (EMR) applications to provide instant access to "user profiles" from any workstation on your network, so employees can "roam" a healthcare organization and always be able to harness the power of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.