Norwegian hospital deploys Philips SpeechMagic hospital-wide

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Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo, Norway, will roll out Philips Speech Recognition Systems’ SpeechMagic to more than 1,000 physicians across all medical specialties within the hospital.

When completed at the beginning of 2009, the implementation is expected to be the world’s largest deployment of front-end speech recognition at one single hospital site, Philips said.

The hospital expects to increase the quality of medical reports, speed up documentation workflows and reduce administrative costs which can result in improved patient care, according to Jens Grøgaard, Ulleval University Hospital’s clinical manager.

“Every department will have full access to critical patient information, which helps to significantly improve the quality of care. Since the report is printed instantly, the entire team involved in delivering care to a patient can rely on accurate, written information,” Grøgaard said.

The hospital-wide deal, which came through local Philips Speech Recognition Systems’ partner Max Manus, was triggered by a successful implementation in Ulleval’s radiology department, Philips said.