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Time, Money, and Lives Blog

Leverage Your Speech Recognition Solution for Workflow Efficiency

There is a concept in the culinary world referred to as “mise en place.” The phrase is from the French, roughly translating as “everything it it’s place,” and it refers to organizing the kitchen in a way that allows chefs to have everything prepped and ready to work with maximum efficiency.  It allows the chef and their staff to create the meals they’ll need during a given shift, made to order, one at a time.

In Pathology, work areas are organized so that specimens move through the department in the most expeditious manner possible. There are time-tested procedures, carts to hold specimens, machines, timers, and many other solutions to each problem Pathologists and PAs are trying to solve.

Topics: Best Practices Process Improvement Speech Recognition Tips and Tricks Workflow

Stay up to Date With CAP Cancer Checklists

Whether you're CAP accredited or not, you've probably heard of the cancer checklists following the CAP Cancer Protocol Templates. Even outside the United States, Pathology departments are using these checklists; they are considered the "gold standard" for cancer reporting. While previously paper based, the electronic cancer checklists (eCC) now allow for standardized, searchable cancer data to be accessed instantly anywhere in the world.

CAP is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. That's where we come in. Voicebrook's Structured Results Entry (SRE) module allows Pathologists to use speech recognition to easily and accurately dictate CAP checklists that are 100% CAP compliant. We take care of updates and revisions so you don't have to.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP

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

Three Questions to Ask When Selecting a Pathology Dictation Microphone

Selecting the right microphone for your Pathology speech recognition environment can be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t need to be.   Not all microphones that work for other applications or environments can be counted upon to work well for speech recognition applications.   Our team has tested a wide variety of microphone hardware directly with our application, so it takes the guesswork out.  We have also integrated many microphone controls directly into our VoiceOver application.  Only the best options become our recommendations.  There are a few basic questions you need to ask yourself before choosing the right microphone for your environment.

Topics: Best Practices Speech Recognition Technology microphone

Why Pathology Reporting Workflow Instructions Are Important?

In my role as an Implementation Specialist, I don’t know how many times I have said, “The most important thing about the workflow document is the instructions on the left.” I often say it two or three times in a single training session; it’s that important! Our site-specific workflow documents contain a lot of information about the voice commands used to navigate through dictating a report, but it’s critical to focus on the actual instructions when learning how to use the technology.

Topics: Best Practices Tips and Tricks Workflow