AHIMA vendor news from Nuance, SoftMed, Spheris
Nuance Communications is sponsoring and participating in Virtual Lab developed by AHIMA. Virtual Lab is a completely online environment funded by AHIMA’s Foundation of Research and Education (FORE). It is designed to offer students a real-world experience in health information management (HIM) and the latest health IT. The company’s Dictaphone enterprise-level speech recognition is a part of Virtual Lab. Dictation, transcription, and speech recognition applications featured include Nuance’s Dictaphone Enterprise Express Voice and Text systems, EXSpeech for transcription-based speech recognition, and Enterprise Workstation, which will give students exposure to the physician self-editing style of speech recognition.

SoftMed Systems introduced ClinTrac Fusion, which is designed to integrate information across multiple applications and present role-specific views of that information. The system aggregates all relevant clinical data in a single location and provides role-specific screens to enable viewing and capture of information across multiple formats and applications, including paper files, patient information from HIS systems, e-mails, faxes, images, voice files, and reports.

Spheris introduced the Clarity technology platform that integrates medical transcription processes with various technologies, including embedded speech recognition, to drive efficiencies, improve document quality, lower costs, and utilize discrete clinical data more intelligently. Clarity can access the Spheris global network of 5,500 medical language specialists to improve clinical documentation processes. Some of Clarity’s other characteristics include its native XML, web-based architecture.