Even though speech recognition technology dates to the 1950s, there has been more progress in the last 30 months than there was in the last 30 years. Today, speech recognition can be found everywhere and do almost anything—control devices at home, search the web, enhance biometrics for security, and so on and so forth.
In fact, in the U.S., speech recognition technology has grown from $10.7 billion in 2020 to an expected $27.14 billion by 2026. Moreover, its estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2021 to 2026 is 16.8 percent.
Brief Look at How Speech Recognition Works
These days talking to a machine by saying something along the lines of “Hey, Siri,” “Okay, Google,” or “Hey, Dragon” is commonplace. This phrase engages the program, and the magic starts—well, science, not magic. Speech recognition uses deep learning neural networks and natural language processing to understand, analyze, and define the language according to established and programmed algorithms.
The technology has evolved to the point that it can in an instant detect if you are saying, “to, two or too” by the context of the sentence. Its AI capabilities understand and process complex terms, such as “aortic atherosclerosis.” Plus, if the software does not understand a term or phrase, it can be added; thus, effectively teaching it.
These programs can also detect and adjust to accents, speech impediments, and other language idiosyncrasies. Nuance® Dragon® products, for example, achieve 99% accuracy.
These programs can also detect and adjust to accents, speech impediments, and other language idiosyncrasies. Dragon® products, for example, achieve 99% accuracy…
Usability of EHRs
In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) started the Meaningful Use Program (MU) to advance the adoption and usage of EHRs across the nation. However, the MU has not been without its headaches. To wit, the American Medical Association found increasing frustration among the medical community over poorly functioning technology and the lack of interactant capabilities.
This lack of migration of existing EHRs, doctors fear, will cause disruptions and inefficiency in the patients’ care. Furthermore, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) found that due to poorly performing EHRs, physicians felt they had decreased efficiency. The time it took to update these electronic records meant doctors saw fewer patients per hour and had longer workdays (including weekends to catch up).
The usability of EHRs is directly tied to the quality of care, HIMSS states. In fact, in a physician survey HIMSS conducted, they found that 24% of respondents complained of needing to use too many clicks to get something done and half of those, 12%, found that the structured documents did not match the thought process. But not all was negative, the physicians overwhelmingly lauded how easier it is to access a patient’s information, better legibility, and better organization.
Now, we’d hate to come across as self-serving, but the truth of the matter is that all these problems and frustration can be avoided by simply using Dragon Medical One.
How to Integrate Speech Recognition
Integrating speech technology couldn’t be easier. Dragon Medical One, for example, is the most compatible with EMR/EHR systems.
Using speech recognition in any field is as easy as, “if you can type it, you can say it.”Imagine how much time orthopedist surgeons, for example, would save by dictating the procedure, the materials used, and the prognosis, instead of having to type it. Moreover, this dictation can be done on the go, which further saves time.
Top 10 Benefits of Speech Recognition Technology
in the Medical Field
- Physicians spend 2/3 of their time writing and updating electronic health records and other administrative paperwork that could be sped up with speech-to-text software
- With text-to-speech in real-time, less money is spent on transcriptionists. Statistics show it takes transcribers, on average, up to four hours to transcribe one hour of audio
- Improved productivity and a more streamlined workflow for the entire medical staff.
- More time throughout the day to spend with patients.
- More work done throughout the work week so working after hours and on weekends becomes a thing of the past; more time for family and friends.
- Hands-free convenience.
- Automate the tasks that hold the doctor back.
- The flexibility of accessing it on any device, including smartphones. Plus, hands-free convenience.
- Dictation done better, including auto-punctuation and auto-text; plus, 99% accuracy.
- Integrated voice skills that make workflows work the doctor’s way.
A Value-Added Distributor can help channel partners to be successful, especially with cloud-based software products like speech recognition technology. The right VAD partner can help resellers grow their business, realize recurring revenue, and help target new customers.
When you partner with eDist, you’re not only certified to offer exclusive speech recognition solutions to your clients, but eDist provides marketing content, expert sales support, and unmatched tech support through the entire sales cycle to ensure you’re successful and thriving as you roll out your solution to your community. In addition, eDist offers training on demand for our products.
Let us know if you’d like to become a reseller and make recurring revenue by selling high-level speech recognition products to help professionals work more efficiently and productively. We carry Philips and Olympus dictation products. We’re also the exclusive distributor for Nuance® speech recognition software.