U.S. military hospital in Germany taps ScanSoft

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The U.S. Military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz has awarded ScanSoft Inc. a contract for installation of its ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 8 software to allow its physicians to dictate directly onto their PCs and handheld devices.   
   
The speech recognition system creates clinical reports entirely by voice and allows physicians to enter data automatically into electronic medical record (EMR) systems. ScanSoft's system converts speech into text at up to 160 words per minute. It could eliminate the need for manual transcription and help reduce the costs and turnaround time of creating reports through medical transcription services, ScanSoft said.
   
ScanSoft's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 8 has built-in understanding for more than 300,000 words, and includes pre-made vocabularies covering terms found in 14 different specialty areas, including general medicine, pathology, radiology, cardiology and surgery disciplines.
   
Healthcare organizations can also add their own words to the system to create fully customized vocabularies, ScanSoft said.