Report Creation Tools for the Way Pathology Works
VoiceOver is a desktop software application that incorporates speech recognition, digital dictation, customizable templates, and an assortment of input devices, providing direct integration with the user's Anatomic Pathology (AP) system. VoiceOver allows Pathology professionals to rapidly and accurately create pathology reports, choosing one of three workflows:
- "front-end" speech recognition -- dictation is translated into text in real time via speech recognition; templates are used to enhance productivity and report consistency, and corrections are made by the user
- digital dictation -- audio is stored and routed to assigned transcription resources
- delegated medical editing -- dictation is translated into text in real time via speech recognition; templates may be used to enhance productivity and report consistency, report text and audio are routed to assigned transcription resources for correction
In each of these workflow options, VoiceOver is linked directly to the AP system, leveraging the underlying workflow for Pathology staff and transcription, insuring case matching and patient safety, and avoiding investment in additional servers with external interfaces.
Users open up an active case in the AP system by issuing a speech command, typing in an accession number, selecting from a list of assigned cases, or by swiping a barcode attached to the specimen container, slide or requisition. Once the case is open, the user can create, edit, and finalize a report in real-time by using a combination of speech recognition and templating.
The availability of multiple workflow options allow laboratories to implement speech recognition in a phased approach, enabling significant immediate and incremental benefits.