[Histonet] Re: Dragon speech recognition

Lynette Pavelich lpaveli1 <@t> hurleymc.com
Tue Sep 8 12:53:36 CDT 2009

Our pathologists' currently use dragon speech recognition.  The newest
version has worked out worlds better than the old system.  Even our
pathologist from India, with a fairly heavy accent, has happily used it.
 I must say that the system 5-6 years ago, did not meet their
expectations and they all soon quit.  But the latest one has worked out
very well.  

Our pathologist's assistant however, chose not to use it this time,  as
the first time around was just a nightmare for him.  And, as Dr.
Richmond said below, maybe it was due to the noisy, smelly conditions.  

My non-typing husband uses a home-version to dictate letters to friends!
 He loves it!

>>> Robert Richmond <rsrichmond <@t> gmail.com> 09/08/09 1:31 PM >>>
In my travels as a locum tenens pathologist, I have not seen Dragon or
any other speech recognition system in use by pathologists, and can
only recall one client who was even considering it. Computerized
speech recognition could be disastrous for a small pathology practice,
if management were to use its introduction as an excuse to fire the
transcriptionist, who also answers the telephone and is the de facto
practice administrator as well.

Speech recognition systems depend on good microphones and on a quiet
work area with minimal extraneous noise. Grossing stations are
inherently noisy, and the working conditions (vibration, formaldehyde)
quickly degrade microphones. Many pathologists' hospital offices are
also very noisy.

I'd like to get my hands on a speech recognition system, and I think I
could learn it. My problem with it would be that I can type pathology
reports about as fast as I can dictate them.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN

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