Voice Recognition and Medical Transcription

Bryan Bergeron, MD

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The Players

If you're in a larger medical institution, you may be using a server-side transcription service and not even know it. However, if you have a small practice and report turn-around time is an issue, there are several options for dedicated PC systems. The 3 major players in the industry are Dragon Systems, IBM, and Philips.

I've used Dragon and IBM extensively, and find them to be different but equivalent. IBM is a little easier to use and seems faster, but Dragon has slightly better recognition accuracy. Also, Dragon's medical solution seems better integrated than IBM's, which is limited to an add-on medical vocabulary option. An advantage of the IBM solution is that it's available on the Macintosh. (Of note, Dragon was the only third-party voice-recognition solution available on the early Macs).

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