As an addendum to my previous post called “Dictation Etiquette“, I would like to direct you guys to the Philips web site, which now has a whole section dedicated to dictation guidelines aimed at optimizing speech recognition results. A very well done site, where all the DO’s and DON’Ts are further detailed, with a few video clips adding a fun note to the educational purpose of the exercise. For those in a rush, all tips were compiled in a downloadable PDF.
> Wrong distance to the mike
Q: “Dude, that mike doesn’t work. I’m only 3 corridors away.”
A: We’re talking speech recognition here, not speech miracle. We can’t figure how to teleport humans yet, I guess that applies to sound waves too.
> Background noise
Q: “But hospitals are not exactly silent environnements, are they?”
A: Well said. The noise cancellation features present both at the mike and SpeechMagic software levels are here to take care of the background noise inherent to any healthcare setting. We are just saying here: try to avoid non-healthcare-related sounds…
> Talking slow, then fast, then slow, etc…
Q: “Err, who would do that?”
A: Well, well, among all the things our mother forgot to teach us is: the importance of being self-conscious during the course of a dictation. As a result, we don’t always realize the pain we cause to those whose job it is to listen…