I would like to reply to the following comment from Eric Jacques: “Wouldn’t it make more sense to compare SpeechMagic to PowerScribe?” in response to the following thread: “Risking a SpeechMagic-Dragon Comparison?”
Comparing SpeechMagic and PowerScribe would be like comparing an engine to a car. It is indeed important to differentiate:
- The speech recognition engine technologies
- The enterprise solutions that integrate the above technologies and are offered to healthcare facilities as part of a comprehensive dictation/workflow management package.
In today’s marketplace, vendors of dictation/workflow solutions are typically powered by one of the two major speech recognition engines: Dragon or SpeechMagic. Hence the importance to compare these two in the first place.
What makes it slightly more confusing in the case of PowerScribe is that:
- PowerScribe is a Dictaphone product
- PowerScribe is powered by Dragon
- Dragon is a Scansoft product
- Scansoft bought Nuance in 2005 but chose to keep on doing business under the name Nuance
- Nuance acquired Dictaphone in 2006.
So if PowerScribe was to be compared to any system, it would be to a range of enterprise solutions such as:
- Crescendo Speech Processing (powered by SpeechMagic)
- Dolbey Fusion Speech (powered by SpeechMagic)
- MedQuist SpeechQ (powered by SpeechMagic)
- Dictaphone Enterprise Express (powered by Dragon)
- SoftMed Speech Recognition (now powered by SpeechMagic since 3M merger)