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Michael V. Cipriani

Michael V. Cipriani

Dad, Proud Father, CTO, Pathologist Assistant, Geek, Technology Fanatic, Plants, Cars, Vocalist, Guitarist, Lover of All Things Music, Green, Pittsburgh Native, Lifetime Member of the Steeler Nation

Recent Posts by Michael V. Cipriani:

XP is No Longer Supported - What This Could Mean for HIPAA Compliance

Windows eXPired . . . It’s time to move on.

It has been over a year since Microsoft has officially supported or upgraded the Windows XP operating system. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped issuing security updates and giving technical support to its partners and customers. For many users that day went unnoticed, and XP machines continued to work the same way as always. When Microsoft announced this drop in support, the healthcare industry began buzzing about what it meant to us and its impact on health information, in particular to the HIPAA guidelines. The debate continues to this day. To my surprise, a quick check of our supported customer workstations found that over 20% are still running Windows XP.

99% or Bust! How to Achieve High Levels of Speech Recognition Accuracy

When it comes to the speed and accuracy of dictation, speech recognition has evolved tremendously over the past 20-plus years. Although the way speech is recognized hasn’t changed, the computers and software of today can produce text at an accuracy of 98% or better, so it always catches my attention when I hear someone say “I can type faster” or “This computer just doesn’t understand me.” In order to achieve and maintain those levels of accuracy, here are a few areas we, as users, can focus on to maximize our dictation accuracy.

Topics: Best Practices Speech Recognition Tips and Tricks Dragon

Speech Recognition Reporting Solutions for Healthcare: Pain or Gain?

My colleagues and I are asked to list the importance and benefits of speech recognition in healthcare on a regular basis.  In response, we usually rattle off a number of benefits that we know to be true and a few that are subjective in nature.  What really surprises me is that the list has not changed much  since I became an early adopter of the technology as a Pathology Assistant back in the late 1980s.  Still, although the list has not changed, the technology has steadily improved and continues to perform better with each new software revision, each new computer processor, and each new microphone or related hardware option hitting the market.  This only makes for a stronger and more compelling list of reasons to use speech recognition as a reporting tool in healthcare. 

Topics: Save Time Benefits Save Money ROI Process Improvement Healthcare Speech Recognition Technology