If you own/run/manage/work at a business, you know that there sometimes just aren’t enough hours in the day. So whenever you find some tool that could help you shave some time off of tedious tasks, it tends to get your attention.
Well turn some of that attention towards voice recognition technology. Specifically, dictation software.
We’ve all been there. You’re typing out some tedious report and you think to yourself “There has to be a better way to do this!”
In fact, you’ve probably thought about dictation software a couple times, but then just started coming up with reasons that it wouldn’t work.
“Voice recognition technology is terrible!”
Wrong. Voice recognition technology USED to be terrible (or “not very good”).
If you’re basing all of your opinions on speech recognition from that one time you borrowed your friend’s iPhone 4 and tried to get Siri to tell you what the capital of Djibouti is, it’s time for you to take another look.
Voice recognition technology has come a long way in a relatively short period of time, and more industries are starting to implement it at a wide level.
For instance, hospitals across the country will make much greater use of voice technology in the next few years. Doctors and nurses often spend half their day documenting data, a figure that can be improved significantly with some well-placed speech recognition software and hardware.
There are many things that have contributed to these advancements (cloud computing has played a large role, for example), and as technology continues to push forward into the future, speech recognition will only get better.
“Well, I run a medical practice/law firm/etc, and I use too many technical terms that software can’t understand!”
True, if you’re using speech recognition to dictate medical records and you’re using a basic “professional” system, you’re going to have some trouble.
Luckily for you, companies like Nuance have created speech recognition programs that are designed specifically for certain industries.
And, if that’s still not enough, most Dragon software also lets you import your own custom word list, which, yes, can include proper nouns.
“Fine, but it’s just too expensive!”
Well, that’s just plain wrong.
First of all, let’s talk about productivity. A number of studies have shown that Dragon Medical, for instance, can save physicians up to 30 minutes a day.
That’s 2.5 hours a week that could be spent seeing patients instead of sitting in front of a computer. Even if you don’t know the first thing about the world of medical practices, you should know that more patients means more profit.
“But couldn’t I just hire someone to do my transcriptions for me and still save the time?”
Of course, but what would you rather do, pay someone or some company tens of thousands of dollars a year, or pay $1,599 just one time?
The bottom line is that the costs of acquiring and setting up speech recognition software are easily offset by the amount of time and money that you’ll save in the long (or not so long) run.
So what would you rather do? Sit there and make excuses for not making the most of voice recognition technology, or start making you and your business more efficient than ever?