Voice Recognition and Medical Transcription

Bryan Bergeron, MD

In This Article

The Reality

A speech-recognition engine simply replaces the keyboard and mouse. To realize the potential benefits of a local, PC-based voice-recognition system (as in Figures 1 and 2), you probably have to change your workflow, and develop (or buy) macros and templates to automate the transcription process. In fact, these templates and macros, available from any number of system integrators and value-added resellers (see VARs in the "Resources" section below), save time, whether they're used with voice recognition or a keyboard and mouse.

Voice recognition may be a solution to the medical transcription conundrum for small practices with relatively small report volumes. However, it's much more demanding on the clinician than traditional transcription. If you're considering voice recognition as an option, I suggest you pick up a $100 general-purpose voice-recognition package from your local microcomputer center and work with it for a week. I've found that it's a love-it or hate-it affair.


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