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Nuance and Dictate.it partner for medical speech recognition
Monday, 02 November 2009 00:00

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading supplier of speech solutions, today announced an integration and distribution partnership with Dictate.it, one of the UK’s leading medical dictation and transcription software providers. Within the partnership, Dictate.it will incorporate Nuance’s SpeechMagic speech recognition platform into its comprehensive patient record management package for NHS Trusts.

SpeechMagic by Nuance is an information capturing platform which enables healthcare IT system providers to deliver seamlessly integrated digital dictation and speech recognition capabilities to hospitals, clinics, transcription companies and group practices. It is used by health services across the world, enabling increased productivity and better management of patient information.

Working exclusively for the medical sector, Dictate.it has recently been chosen as supplier under a Framework Agreement awarded by Yorkshire and Humberside Collaborative Procurement Hub to provide the complete workflow management system, including digital dictation, speech recognition and outsourced transcription to 200 NHS Trusts across the country. Today, many Trusts still use tape-based dictation methods, which are costly and inefficient. Therefore, Dictate.it looks set to win a significant share of the estimated £20m agreement over the next four years.

“SpeechMagic from Nuance integrates seamlessly into Dictate.it’s workflow management platform. This means that we can offer Trusts exactly what they need – a comprehensive package ensuring that the whole process from dictation of consultation notes to transcription and storing of patient records is conducted and managed quickly and efficiently and brings them one step closer to Electronic Patient Records. The new package enables Trusts to offer a better quality of care, while at the same time saving money”, says Mark Miller, Managing Director, Dictate.it.

“Documentation costs are a significant driver for speech recognition. According to a study done for Nuance by Tribal Consulting, they are estimated at over £1 billion in the UK alone – money which is much better invested in patient care and safety.  This is where we see our main contribution to bettering healthcare across the UK by facilitating the large-scale deployment of speech recognition”, says Marcel Wassink, Vice President for Nuance Healthcare in EMEA. “The push towards electronic patient record systems is enabling the adoption of speech recognition. One of the biggest problems implementing electronic patient record systems is that doctors are put in a strait jacket – they have to fill in patient record forms using a keyboard – it is a very laborious way of working and speech recognition can change that”, he added.

 

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