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Nuance releases clinical speech recognition update

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Speech recognition software vendor Nuance has released the latest version of its clinical speech recognition solution for medical practitioners and their surgeries.

Nuance says its Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 solution is designed exclusively for GP surgeries and practices of 24 clinicians or fewer, and makes it easier for medical practitioners to document care into the electronic patient record, using their voices five times faster than typing and saving them an hour or more per day.

According to Nuance, through increased documentation efficiency, the latest release of Dragon Medical Practice Edition allows for more time with patients, improved quality to better inform care teams and staff, and increased turnaround time and cost savings.

“Nuance is committed to helping clinicians provide their best patient care and helping healthcare organisations improve the way they capture and communicate the patient story,” said Dr. Simon Wallace, Nuance CCIO and former hospital doctor and GP.

“This latest release of Dragon Medical Practice Edition feels more like a ‘partner’ to a GP’s work rather than just a productivity tool. The more precise speech recognition adapts to the medical practitioner’s speaking style and environment.

“With the burden of clinical documentation reduced, GPs are able to capture the detail of the consultation into the EPR faster, more efficiently and in greater detail without increasing the time pressures of their busy surgery. Less time documenting means more face-to-face time with each patient, thus improving the doctor/patient relationship.”

Wallace said thanks to deep learning technology and neural networks, Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 offers even more speech recognition accuracy, differing from non-medical speech recognition by supporting more than 60 specialised medical vocabularies.

"Deep learning and neural networks mimic the way the human brain recognises and learns patterns. The technology allows the software to continuously adapt to the user’s voice pattern, dialect and accent.

“The outstanding performance of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 is a culmination of decades of Nuance’s innovation in AI,” said Michael Clark, senior vice-president and general manager of Nuance Healthcare Provider Solutions.

“By applying machine learning to real-time document capture, we are helping address the challenges of smaller surgeries to revolutionise the clinician’s documentation process."

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