In today’s world, speech recognition has come a long way since the very first Dictaphones were invented in a bid to simplify the speed of transcription from verbal to the written or printed forms. As a matter of fact, this is a booming industry today and continues to grow further by helping out different departments and fields ranging from law and law enforcement, all the way to the world of medicine as it exists in the 21st century. But, in order to understand the importance of speech recognition technology in healthcare and the myriad advantages it gives to doctors and other healthcare workers, we have to understand what it actually is.
What precisely is Speech Recognition Technology
Speech recognition or SRT is the intrinsic ability of any machine or a software program to effectively identify and subsequently capture words and phrases of the spoken language (typically English) through various handheld devices such as microphones and speech recorders, in a bid to transform the spoken words into various digital formats.
As a rule, the above is accomplished only through the utilization of specially designed software programs that are used specifically for the purpose of speech recognition and its subsequent transcription from verbal to digital speech.
In a nutshell, we can say that SRT confers on its users the ability of turning any sort of spoken speech into written text that may subsequently be printed and filed as a hard copy of the newly acquired data. Here, the normally used input devices such as the keyboard or mouse for instance, are substituted by the program that can convert spoken language into written speech. Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are two prime examples of SRT and how it can ease our lives significantly.
While SRT has been around for a long time now, with the very first such machine being developed way back in the early fifties of the last century (a very crude device known as ‘Audrey’), it is only now that it has finally been able to come into its own.
SRT and the world of medicine
The healthcare industry initially started the implementation of various speech recognition systems for the purpose of streamlining the process of the generation of medical reports as far back as the mid-1990s. However, it did not really work out all that well because there was a lot of resistance from the traditionalists and the technology had not sufficiently evolved enough to be able to make a cognizable difference.
However, the cutting-edge technology being used today has made a tremendous difference in the light of the huge advancements in this technology. Today, a doctor or any other healthcare service provider can seamlessly integrate the data in his mind with the hard drive of his PC or laptop or any other device with the help of this technology and thereby help cut down the waste of time to a considerable extent.