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Speech Recognition and The Health Care Sector

Speech recognition or SR is also often colloquially referred to as voice recognition. It is the ability of a program to identify various words that are used in spoken language and convert the same, into a more machine readable format.

In order to understand how this technology works, let us take a quick look at its two main types:

1. Front end or user dependent voice recognition system

Here, the words are seamlessly converted into text in actual real time. This means that there is no need for acquiring the services of a transcriptionist.

2. Back end or user independent voice recognition system

In this case, the words are basically recorded in a digital form. After which they are subsequently processed by a computer. Once the process is complete, the prepared draft text is then proofread by a human editor.

How speech recognition software can help boost a physician’s productivity

Thanks to speech recognition technology, it is now possible for many, if not most physicians to boost their productivity quite exponentially, let us see how:

Considerably less paperwork

This is one of the key benefits of using voice recognition technology. As a matter of fact, it effectively allows many physicians to be able to reduce a large amount of their paperwork. Once they have a recording system that they can rely on, many doctors can easily avoid writing or for that matter, typing tedious patient records, such as diagnosis as well as treatment notes.

They can easily use portable electronic devices (smart phones or even specialized voice recorders) to dictate their own notes and then obtain the final copy of the required data in a fully digitalized format.

Furthermore, if such voice recognition solutions have been adequately integrated with the existing electronic health record or EHR software, then it is quite possible for the physician to effectively get a chance to be able to dictate his or her notes directly to the server based EHR system. Not only would he not have to waste his time manually processing all of that data, but there would also be no particular need to waste time handling the recently obtained data, either.

Highly improved overall workflows

An increasingly large number of doctors today are now quite sure that voice recognition is a great boon that has been able to enhance their overall workflows to a great extent, this is because voice recognition solutions typically provide an automatic queuing of dictations from multiple users to their own predefined assistants and also allow for the selective routing of various dictation files.

Beyond that, many front end systems are also trained to recognize not just their own users, but also their accents, as well as previous corrections too. This way they are able to effectively “learn” multiple common speech patterns in their own right.

In the light of the above, we can safely deduce that in the coming future, SR technology is going to become a communication mainstay in hospitals, all over the world.