Another large speech recognition installation underway

Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec Canada-based Hôpital Enfant-Jésus and Hôpital Saint-Sacrement, merged under the name Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec (CHA), are currently rolling out a central digital dictation, speech recognition and transcription system to be fully operational in September 2007.

Over 325 physicians from 7 departments (Radiology, Pathology, Nuclear Medicine, Respiratory Therapy, Psychiatry and Hematology) will be equipped with phone dictation (28 accesses are planned) and/or PC dictation (280 licenses in total) applications.

The speech recognition module will be activated for four of the seven departments (Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Psychiatry and Nuclear Medicine). In back-end mode, the process will be fully transparent to physicians as their dictations will automatically be processed by the speech recognition engine before they are sent to a transcriptionist for correction. The front-end mode will also be available to allow physicians to play a more active role in the report creation process, by allowing them to correct their reports, onscreen and in real-time, as they are being dictated.

The speech recognition engine will provide a French Canadian medical speech recognition ConText (specialized recognition vocabulary), which was developed exclusively for French Canadian users.

Fully integrated with the hospitals’ existing computer system, the new system will simplify the documentation workflow and facilitate the access to medical reports for all relevant medical personnel. Bidirectional HL7 interfaces will indeed be implemented between the dictation/transcription platform and existing ADT, RIS and Pathology systems, to ensure that patient information can always be accessed by and shared among the appropriate medical personnel.

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