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Dictating Old Cases in the New Year

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to work dictating cases. You say, "Surgical, one zero," accession number S-18-00010 opens up, and it's business as usual.  Like many programs, VoiceOver adapts to the new year, so going forward with new cases won't require any additional steps. If, however, you want to open and dictate a case from 2017, you will need to issue a different command.

This brief blog explains how these commands work and what you need to say in order to open up the correct accession number for the correct year.

Topics: Voiceover Tips new year

CAP Announces Changes to Cancer Protocols and Electronic Checklists

The College of American Pathologists' Cancer Protocol Templates are considered the gold standard in 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. On its website, the CAP offers resources and links to partners who can help accredited laboratories stay up to date with the latest versions of the checklists.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP

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

Get Pathology Residents up and Running on VoiceOver (Re-post)

It's March, and that means Spring is on the way. Before we know it, Summer will follow and new residents will be reporting to academic facilities across the nation. It's not too early to start thinking about them. In that spirit, we're re-posting Lindsey Pitsch's excellent blog on getting those residents up and running quickly on VoiceOver so these facilities have one less thing to worry about when they arrive:

Topics: Voiceover Client Services Training Residents

Customize Your Speech Recognition Vocabulary to Ensure Success

One of my roles as a Project Manager with Voicebrook is to communicate the important elements of a successful Pathology vocabulary and to gather information from each site to maximize initial accuracy.

Speech recognition software, especially those tailored to medicine, include a comprehensive vocabulary right out of the box. VoiceOver is built on the Dragon Medical 360 Platform, which includes a Pathology specific vocabulary designed for the creation of Pathology reports. Still, staff names, facilities, special stains, etc. will be misrecognized during dictation if you don't plan properly before implementation. If you have already implemented a speech recognition solution or are in the process, you may have been asked about custom vocabulary items that are specific to your lab. The aim of this customization is to save time and hassle during dictation by removing the need for multiple corrections down the road.

Topics: Voiceover Speech Recognition Pathology Tips