Is your hospital or clinic considering the advantages and disadvantages of speech recognition for EHRs? Speech recognition systems are becoming quite popular in the healthcare industry, and for good reason. It is a nearly hands-free way for clinicians to enter data and fill out a patient’s electronic chart. Here are some of the pros and cons of implementing a speech recognition solution as a part of your electronic health record.
Do you remember some of the earliest voice recognition systems? Years ago, when you called a number and were instructed to use your voice to select options, it usually turned into a frustrating experience. These voice recognition programs weren’t sophisticated enough to understand everyone’s voice, so many users were disappointed. However, voice recognition has made an enormous amount of progress since then. Now, when you call the pharmacy to refill a prescription or when you call a business hotline, you’re much more likely to experience success with the voice recognition customer care system.
Speech Recognition in Healthcare
Speech recognition programs identify spoken words and then either complete a task or translate the spoken word into text. If you have ever dictated something to your phone or your vehicle (such as instructing it to ‘Call Mom’), then you’ve used a form of speech recognition technology. Healthcare providers often use speech recognition to generate medical documentation.
It’s hard to imagine a world without voice recognition technologies like Siri, Amazon Echo, and Google Voice. They make life so much easier! Although it may seem like a more recent invention, voice recognition technology has existed since the 1950s. Of course, when it was first invented it looked a lot different than it does today. Here’s a look at how the technology has evolved from analog to today’s modern voice recognition devices.
Dolbey and Company has been going strong since 1914, but the technology for recording voice and sound had an interesting history even before we came onto the scene! From Edison’s phonograph to modern digital audio files, sound and voice recording has a rich history.