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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!



HIMSS 2008 - Orlando HIMSS goes South again this year: after New Orleans 2007, welcome to Orlando 2008, live from the Convention Center. Booth #6843 is where you can find me and/or hot speech recognition breakthroughs: interactive SR for clinical notes, integrated PACS SR…not to mention the opportunity to meet with Stephen E. Rosenthal, M.D., the first healthcare Executive in North America to implement a wireless SR system in an ER setting. Other option: Mickey Mouse & co., just a few miles away. I always wondered how a speech engine would react to Donald Duck ‘s mumbling anyway.

Meet with a speech recognition visionary at HIMSS 2008

Wireless Speech Recognition in the ER Visitors to the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Stephen Rosenthal, the first in North America to implement a wireless speech recognition and patient administration solution in an ER setting.

We introduced PDA devices that interface with the emergency and patient index system, as well as the speech recognition server. Physicians can now access up-to-date patient data and record their findings all from one single device,” explains Dr. Rosenthal.

Having turned his vision of a 100% future-proof system into reality, physicians now have access to a 24-seven solution. Document turnaround time has been accelerated significantly and the ER now has documents that are readable, searchable and that deliver suitable information for the electronic chart, making it much easier for physicians to make split-second decisions.

The ER is a fast-paced environment, says Rosenthal. We need to be with patients, we need to be mobile; we can’t be tied to a desk.

Dr. Rosenthal is credited with the initiation, development and implementation of medical informatics projects and has implemented electronic records, mobile speech recognition and digital dictation at his hospital. A member of the standards committee for interoperable Electronic Health Records (EHR) at Canada Health Infoway, Dr. Rosenthal has a vision that reaches far beyond the Montreal hospital’s walls.

“Standardizing information with the help of speech recognition can provide physicians with better decision support across provinces, even countries”, he noted.

Visitors to the conference will be able to share Dr. Rosenthal’s vision and experiences on the Crescendo booth (#6843) on February 26-27, 2008 (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm). Meetings can be booked directly from the Crescendo web site.

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Best wishes everyone from snowed-under Quebec!
I will see you in January 2008 for more fresh snow speech recognition news…

Merry Xmas!

Philly Cheese Steak anyone?

Philadelphia Skyline Live from the Philadelphia Convention Center, where AHIMA is being held this year, you will find me at the Crescendo booth (#855) from October 8 to 11. On the menu: speech recognition, speech recognition and more speech recognition. Dressings to your liking, as always: front-end, back-end, PACS interfaces, workflow management, electronic signature, and more. Also, not to be missed, our new interactive module for clinical notes, an industry first that concentrates voice commands, front-end SR, macros, drop-down menus, check boxes and templates into one single application. I look forward to seeing you there!

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