U.S. military embraces Nuance clinical documentation software

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The U.S. Military Health System over the past year has adopted Nuance Communication's Dictaphone Healthcare division's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical software.

Dragon Medical is currently used by more than 6,000 U.S. clinicians from healthcare treatment facilities representing all branches of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, according to the Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance.

Dragon Medical has been integrated with AHLTA, the military's EHR, to enable clinical documentation through accurate voice-to-text speech recognition.

"Without speech recognition, many of us using AHLTA would spend hours more each week manually typing and mouse clicking various boxes in order to document care. By making Dragon Medical accessible, we have enabled our physicians to complete their documentation in a much more efficient manner with the added benefit of producing a much more narrative note," said Robert Bell Walker, MD, European regional medical command AHLTA consultant.