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Cool Technology of the Week

Posted Jan 08 2010 3:00am
In previous posts, I've described the importance of dictation and voice recognition technologies in clinician workflow. Getting data into EHRs is the most challenging part of rollout. Clinicians at BIDMC have widely embraced server side and desktop voice recognition. But what about mobile devices?

Nuance has introduced a free iPhone version of Dragon, that's available at the App Store. This application enables a clinician to dictate a note and send it via SMS, email, or paste it into any application on the iPhone. A voice driven correction interface suggests appropriate words while editing.

The application optionally upload names from your addressbook, with your permission, purely to enhance speech recognition accuracy. No contact information is uploaded. You can delete any uploaded names. The iTunes reviews are uniformly positive, but there were some privacy concerns. Application changes to turn off uploads and delete previous uploads address these concerns.

A free mobile version of Dragon for the iPhone - that's cool!
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