Voice Recognition and Medical Transcription

Bryan Bergeron, MD

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Introduction

One of the greatest headaches in the modern practice of medicine is documentation. Gone are the days when "WNL" (within normal limits) scribbled across a chart entry sufficed for reimbursement or in court; today, if a procedure isn't documented, it isn't performed. Various approaches have been used to facilitate this data entry, from pools of transcriptionists to special online forms with check-boxes for the most common procedures and findings. Voice recognition, the computer recognition of the spoken word, has been a "promising" technology for documenting clinical encounters since the 1980s. This article explores the status of voice-recognition technology, with a focus on medical transcription.

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