Health Information Management

Topic: Consider speech recognition to boost your bottom line

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 27, 2007

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If you could save your hospital $4 million, reduce your costs by 30%, and decrease the time it takes to transcribe a note from a few days to fewer than six hours, would you? It's a no-brainer, and speech recognition-software that takes audio input and converts it into typed text-can do just that.

In layman's terms, speech recognition software uses computer algorithms to convert speech into a pattern of words. There are two types of speech recognition: back-end and front-end. Back-end recognition uses audio input to create text and then sends that text to an editor (other than the dictator) for corrections. Front-end recognition occurs when a dictator provides speech that is converted to text directly on his or her computer screen. With front-end, the dictator is expected to make corrections.

This topic was adapted from the December issue of Medical Records Briefing. For more information, click here.

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