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How to Choose Your Dragon

A message keeps popping up on my phone. You probably know the one. It says there's a software update available for my operating system. Do I want to update now or later? I've been saying later, but I know I will have to update eventually or my apps will stop working properly.

That's the way it is with software. Everything has to be kept up to date or the compatibility begins to break down. Eventually software companies stop supporting older versions of their products entirely. We published a blog last year about Microsoft no longer supporting XP and what it could mean for HIPAA. It also has implications for your speech recognition solution. Newer versions of Microsoft Windows and Office are not compatible with older versions of Dragon and the other way around. Here is a handy guide for figuring out if your operating system and Dragon versions will work together:

Topics: Dragon

Speech Recognition Is Not A Cost-Effective Solution for Pathology

That is not exactly the title you expected to read from the CEO of the leading speech recognition reporting solution company for Pathology, is it?

I was recently interviewed for an upcoming article in CAP Today regarding the present state of speech technology in Pathology reporting.  The author, Kevin O'Reilly, asked me to respond to a double-blind study conducted in 2012 by Steven Suvalsky, MHS, PA(ASCP) and Valerie Boelman, BS, LBC in Iowa.  The study used personnel in comparable surgical pathology departments to measure the return on investment of using Dragon software in a lab and transferring elements of the workload from the transcriptionist to the PA and the Pathologist. The conclusions of the study were as follows...

Topics: LEAN Benefits About Us ROI Process Improvement Speech Recognition Technology CAP Today Dragon

To DIY or Not to DIY? Support Makes all the Difference

Imagine this: It’s a cold and dark Monday morning. You sluggishly enter your office at work, dreading the upgrade to the pathology software your team implemented several years ago. With years of experience now under your belt implementing, using, and troubleshooting this fancy software, you start to get that gut-wrenching sensation because your “upgrades” in the past have been more like downgrades. Plus, all your department’s custom made workflows, templates, and other shortcuts will need to be re-written.

Topics: Support Speech Recognition Dragon

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

11 Most Common Questions About Pathology Speech Recognition Software

In my roles at Kurzweil, Lernout & Hauspie, Nuance, and now Voicebrook, I have been demonstrating speech recognition technology for more than 20 years starting with discrete speech technology, when “you”, “had”, “to”, “speak”, “like”, “this”.  In my current role as Manager of Sales Engineering, I am in front of potential customers performing demos and fielding questions.  Even though the technology has made tremendous strides and is becoming ubiquitous in modern life, the misconceptions and questions that I still hear have not changed much. Here is a list of the 11 most common questions and concerns that I have heard from prospective clients. 

Topics: Speech Recognition Technology Dragon