Nuance aims to excise transcription

A new application designed by Nuance Communications will provide health professionals with a speech recognition system on the move.

Designed to operate alongside the Epic electronic health record system, Epic Haiku for iPhone and Epic Canto for iPad can capture clinical information at a moment’s notice.

Jeffrey Westcott MD, who works at the Swedish Medical Centre in Seattle, said that the flexibility that the new software provides will prove highly beneficial. His work typically involves a combination of cardiac testing and angioplasty.

Westcott added: “It’s more instant. It’s a better quality note. It captures what my thought process is.” He plans to use the application to transcribe conversations and document the processes as they occur.

The executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Healthcare, Janet Dillione, said that the new applications would mirror the mobility of a clinician’s standard daily routine. She added that modern healthcare professionals are rarely able to work from their desks.