Nuance customers present speech recognition results at ECR

Nuance Communications, Inc, provides a comprehensive family of speech-driven clinical documentation and communication solutions that enable healthcare-provider organisations to reduce operating costs, increase reimbursement, and enhance patient care and safety. Two of Nuance's healthcare customers presented the results of their speech recognition implementations at the ECR in Vienna.

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• Spanish hospital group CETIR evaluates TAT for 186,000 reports; shows frontend speech recognition is “least time-consuming factor” in reporting process

The Spanish Nuclear Medicine and Imaging Diagnosis group CETIR will present their measurement of report turnaround time (TAT), voluntary adoption rates and workflow preferences at 17 bi-lingual Imaging Diagnosis Centres following the enhancement of a digital dictation system with speech-recognition. The results show that average TAT improvement was 10 hours. There is a correlation between low-TAT and the predominant speech recognition method: frontend speech recognition achieved significantly better TAT than backend speech recognition. In conclusion, the CETIR evaluations show that frontend SR is significantly superior in terms of reducing report TAT to both backend SR and digital dictation. There is a trend towards the voluntary adoption of frontend SR; in most cases gradually, via backend SR. Editing of computer-recognised dictation has proven to be the least time-consuming factor within the reporting process, disavowing assumptions that frontend speech recognition is more time consuming for radiologists.

(Presentation by Dr Sara Guirao, Thursday, Mar 04, 2010)

• HCA presents implementation approach and results of multi-location speech recognition network

The private hospital group in London implemented speech recognition at 6 main hospitals and their 5 associated diagnostic outpatient centres to serve around 5,000 PACS users. Statistics show that average report turnaround time - from dictation to sign-off - is less than three minutes. After two years, 98% of the reports are generated through speech recognition. Radiologists can choose between three workflow alternatives: digital dictation, frontend recognition with self-editing or backend recognition with edition by secretarial staff.
HCA is a customer of Nuance partner Euromed Networks

(Presentation by Ms Kaye Bonython, Programme Manager, Imaging Informatics & OSL, Saturday, Mar 06, 2010)

ECR 2010: The standard for information capturing and reporting in radiology is speech recognition

Many of the Nuance integration partners will show their radiology applications powered by Nuance’s speech recognition technology at ECR 2010, including:

– Agfa HealthCare NV, Expo A, 103 (entrance level)
– CANDELIS, INC., Extension Expo A, 20 (entrance level)
– CARESTREAM HEALTH, Expo B, 210 (lower level)
– D.A.T.A. Corporation AUTOMED, Expo D, 404 (lower level)
– GE Healthcare, Expo B, 202 (lower level)
– GE Healthcare AS, Expo B, 211 (lower level)
– GRUPPO SOLUZIONI TECNOLOGICHE srl, Expo E, 508 (lower level)
– iSOFT Health GmbH, Expo E, 563 (lower level)
– McKesson Corp., Extension Expo A, 9 (entrance level)
– Medavis GmbH, Extension Expo A, 13 (entrance level)
– NEXUS / DIS GmbH, Extension Expo A, 3 (entrance level)
– Philips Healthcare Nederland B.V, Expo A, 102 (entrance level)
– Sectra Imtec AB, Mobile Unit, Expo Foyer D, 1, 406 (entrance level, lower level)
– SIEMENS AG, Healthcare Sector, Gallery, 21, 25, 628 (entrance level, first level)

Nuance has recently released version 7 of the SpeechMagic integration platform. More information can be found at


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