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Voice Recognition Digital Dictation

November 10, 2008
by jlee
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Voice recognition or Speech recognition (also known as automatic speech recognition or computer speech recognition) converts spoken words to machine-readable input. Digital dictation is a method of recording and editing spoken word in real-time within a digital audio format. – Wikipedia Oct. 2008

Digital dictation in the healthcare space is definitely nothing new but in recent years voice recognition digital dictation has become very popular among clinicians especially Radiologists and Pathologists.

In the past healthcare professionals would recite their clinical findings or exam results into a handheld tape recorder or tape based phone system. The recording would then be played back by a transcriptionist who typed out the dictation for approval. This tape based process was replaced by digital recorders during the digital revolution along with cassette tapes and most other tape recording media.

Digital recorders gave us improved speed and better sound quality but still required playback and transcribing services. The most recent evolution in dictation brought us computer based digital dictation via voice (speech) recognition software which allows for real time transcribing and self editing. Basically the user trains the software application to recognize his or her voice and style of speaking to produce the dictation with a microphone connected to the PC. Once a voice profile is created the user can dictate very accurate reports or commands almost as quickly as they can speak.

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Voice Recognition Digital Dictation Software