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Dictating Old Cases in the New Year

The holidays are over, and everyone is back to the grind.   It's time to start diagnosing casework and you issue your first command to begin dictating a new accession number.  You say, "Surgical, one zero,"and accession number S-16-00010 opens up and it's business as usual.  But wait, you think.  How did VoiceOver know to open up a case from this year without specifying the year in the command nomenclature, and what do I say if I want to dictate a case from 2015?

using VoiceOver to dictate 2015 cases in the new year 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.

2015 Cases

If there is a case from 2015, you will have to dictate the entire case number (with the case type, year, case number and dashes)
  • Example 1 : S-15-1248, you would have to say "Surgical, dash, one five, dash, one two four eight"
  • Example 2 : S15-1248, you would have to say "Surgical one five, dash, one two four eight"

2016 Cases

For the 2016 cases, each number in the case must be spoken one digit at a time.
  • Example 1 : S-16-00010, you would say "Surgical, one zero" instead of "Surgical ten"
  • Example 2 : S-16-00024, you would say "Surgical, two four" instead of "Surgical twenty four"
For information specific to your lab, please take a look at your site-specific workflow document to see how to access cases from the previous year for your site. 
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