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More Dictation Tips…

Dictation Etiquette 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.

DO’s:

> Before you start dictating
> How to dictate
> Correcting your dictation

DON’Ts

> 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…

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Dictation Etiquette

Dictation Etiquette We often blame physicians for their illegible writing, but sometimes, their dictation skills aren’t much better. I have the feeling that physicians and medical transcriptionists alike are going to love these videos, just released by SpeechMagic to help physicians with a few tips and tricks for optimal digital dictation / speech recognition output:

Beware of background noise

Distance to the mike

Keep a constant rhythm

On the same note, I came across a blog called “Dictation Therapy for Doctors”. The author offers Language Skills Worksheets and Consciousness Raising Exercises, my favorite being Exercise #2, “designed for physicians who vent their anger against the personnel in the Medical Record Department during the course of their dictation!” The site also displays a number of cartoons, “perfect for printing and and posting in a variety of high-impact places in hospitals and clinical settings”. Enjoy!


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