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Dragon Medical Practice Edition – iPhone and Smart Phone Apps Free Doctors to Dictate Anywhere

At Voice Automated, we had a focus group a few years back on creating the ultimate medical dictation and electronic record application.

After some time brain storming on the white board, we came up with a light weight device the floats around the doctor’s head and when they talk, the device instantly translates their speech into usable patient information. Oh yea and I forgot, it’s free!

Well we are not there yet but with the latest announcement about an advanced suite of Dragon Medical Mobile technologies and solutions from Nuance we are one step closer to our white board dream detailed above.

I had a chance to view this technology on a recent trip to Boston and it looks promising.

To get an idea of how the technology will work, be sure to try the General English version of Dragon Dictation (available for the iPhone) to dictate short emails or text messages. A few friends of mine, that know I sell Dragon Medical Solutions, asked me about that application at a restaurant. I downloaded the application onto a friend’s iPhone in a busy restaurant and dictated an email at 98% accuracy. I then handed the iPhone back to my friend and he dictated another email with the same result. Absolutely amazing!

More about the advanced suite of Dragon Medical Mobile technologies and solutions:

Nuance states, "Building upon the recent success of its Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search consumer apps for the iPhone, which are powered by world-renowned Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, Nuance will extend its mobile speech technologies to the healthcare industry.

By applying its award-winning speech recognition and capture capabilities to smartphones, Nuance can help physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers, such as therapists, efficiently access clinical information and document patient encounters using their mobile devices.

Availability of the Dragon Medical Mobile technologies and solutions is expected throughout this year, beginning in the spring of 2010.

Dragon Medical Mobile Dictation

Nuance recently demonstrated a healthcare version of its popular and first-of-its-kind Dragon Dictation app, which is based on Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition technology at this year’s HIMSS Show.

The app allows clinicians to dictate patient notes, emails and text messages instead of typing them on a mobile device. With Dragon Medical Mobile Dictation clinicians can dictate and capture information via a smartphone in real-time without having to return to the desktop, or rely on the keyboard or touch screen. And because Dragon Medical Mobile Dictation is a server-based app, all of the speech recognition is performed in the cloud using advanced real-time streaming capabilities.

Dragon Medical Mobile Search

Nuance recently demonstrated a healthcare version of its Dragon Search app, providing an intuitive voice-powered solution that gives clinicians a smarter way to search for medical information. Utilizing the same server-based speech recognition technology as the Dragon Medical Mobile Dictation app, the Search app will allow clinicians to simply speak a request to conduct fast and easy searches on various medical websites. A unique display carousel will show search results simultaneously from a variety of popular websites, such as MedScape, MedLine, Epocrates and Google. The app will also help identify correct coding information to ensure that clinical services are appropriately billed and accurately documented. Dragon Medical Mobile Search will be the first Dragon Medical Mobile App made available by April 30th.

Dragon Medical Mobile Recorder

Nuance recently demonstrated a voice-capture app that will allow clinicians to conduct on-the-go dictation on a smartphone. Once recorded, the clinicians’ voice file is forwarded through Nuance’s background speech recognition technology and onto transcription where a high-quality draft document is created and then sent back to the clinician for review and sign-off. The Dragon Medical Recorder app is designed for healthcare organizations that leverage either of Nuance’s enterprise-wide speech-enabled dictation and transcription solutions, eScription or the Dictaphone Enterprise Speech System.

Dragon Medical Mobile SDK

Nuance recently demonstrated its Dragon Medical Mobile SDK (software developer kit) that will be offered to third-party healthcare information technology companies and partners. This SDK will allow developers, including EHR vendors, to build solutions that can incorporate Nuance’s Dragon Medical Mobile capabilities.

Voice Automated is a Dragon Medical Partner and provides Dragon Medical Practice Edition, Professional Services, EMR integration consulting and medical transcription services.