The speech recognition industry is booming today and continues to grow further. But, in order to understand what is speech recognition technology and the myriad advantages it gives to doctors and other healthcare workers, we have to understand what it actually is.
What is Speech Recognition
Speech recognition is the ability of a machine or software program to effectively identify and subsequently capture words and phrases of the spoken language.
Most commonly, this is accomplished through the utilization of specially designed software programs. Furthermore, these programs 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 this technology 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.
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.