HIMSS08 Wrap-up

HIMSS 2008 - Orlando Looks like speech recognition has left Star Trek to enter the mainstream. Hot like the southern breeze itself this year in Orlando, SR attracted crowds like never before. While physician skepticism seems to have vanished like a David Copperfield act, an increasing number of healthcare facilities came by the Crescendo and Philips booths to discuss technology advancements and upcoming implementation projects. These projects are bigger than ever, with a number of large healthcare groups looking to equip hundreds of physicians from multiple specialties with back-end SR, front-end SR, or both, by the end of the year. In this regard, attendee interest shifted from “does the technology work?” towards “how are other hospitals and clinics actually implementing it?”

Crescendo booth Philips Speech Recognition Systems booth
Crescendo booth Philips booth

No wonder crowds gathered in front of the Philips booth on Wednesday to listen to Dr. Stephen Rosenthal’s presentation on wireless speech recognition in the ER. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a little video best of (download may take a while):

Wireless & Physician Mobility Streamlining ER documentation
Physicians don’t like complex stuff… Heavy accents?
Speech recognition workflow More time with patients…
Highly accurate, shareable reports

This wireless speech recognition project provides an exciting preview of tomorrow’s connected hospital, in which speech recognition plays more than one role. Beyond the productivity improvements for physicians, SR also delivers a reliable foundation for the electronic chart and evidence-based medicine by creating reliable, clinically-actionable content. HealthImaging & IT will be covering these topics in their April issue, which will feature an article on the future trends in speech recognition. Check the blog for a sneak peek!

In the meantime, there are more healthcare IT shows on the North American agenda. We look forward to seeing you there!


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