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You Hear a lot About Templates, but How Do You Create Them?

One of the best ways to save time during dictation is to use templates. In my previous blog “You Use Templates Without Knowing - Make it Official,” I discussed how many users may think that they can’t use them due to the variability in their work. I noted that, while that can sometimes be the case, there are still many phrases that users dictate consistently.  When you do find consistency in your dictations we recommend creating a template in your speech recognition solution. Below, you'll find a step by step guide to creating your own templates along with five free examples to get you started.

Topics: Templates Pathology Templates Tips and Tricks

Now That You're Using Templates, Make Them More Efficient

Scrolling through the lists of our Tips and Tricks blogs, you can probably gather how much value we place in the use of templates for efficient and accurate dictation using speech recognition in your AP environment. A couple weeks ago, Lindsey Pitsch wrote a blog called, "You Use Templates Without Even Knowing - Make it Official," and we received a lot of interest from our clients.

For some basics in templates and template building, you can look at posts by my coworkers, Melanie and Nick, and you can even download samples of gross templates. This time, though, I’d like to take the opportunity to build on to the basics by instructing on some advanced template functionality. Specifically, I'd like to show you how two "special characters" can be built into template fields.

Topics: Templates Tips and Tricks Pathology Templates

You Use Templates Without Knowing - Make it Official [Free Download]

Most of us probably don’t pay much attention, but we use ‘templates’ in our everyday life.  We are using them so much, in fact, that our devices are even starting to figure out what we are going to say/type next.  For instance, when I go to fill out a form in Google and I start to type my name, Google will try to auto populate the other fields for address, email, phone number, etc.  Google knows that I have used this information many times before and has essentially created a template for me.  Of course the world of Pathology is much more complex than filling in fields for name and address, but there are still so many areas where you are likely saying the same or very similar phrases again and again.

Topics: Templates Pathology Pathology Templates

What to do When Speech Recognition is Coming to Your Lab

Another year is coming to an end, and perhaps, after months of unanswered help wanted ads, you've decided that, "These Aren't the Pathology Transcriptionists You're Looking for." It's time to look at a speech recognition solution for the new year. Or perhaps you already have a solution, but it's time for an upgrade. The process can seem overwhelming, but there are a few steps, common to both a new implementation or an upgrade, that will help lead you to a successful project. To help, we designed this task list for what to do when speech recognition is coming to your lab.

Topics: Templates Speech Recognition Workflow Pathology

Five Things to Know When Preparing to Create VoiceOver Templates

In  recent blog article, “Best Practices for Creating Quick and Accurate Pathology Templates” he describes the benefits and best practices for creating Pathology reporting templates. In this blog post, I will expand upon the foundational understanding that Nick provided, and dig into some other important and more advanced concepts when creating Pathology templates with VoiceOver. 

Topics: Voiceover Templates Tips and Tricks