Dragon NaturallySpeaking from Nuance strengthens foothold as standard speech recognition solution for health care industry

Chicago 28 November 2005The Dragon Dictation Solutions family, made available by Nuance Communications Inc., formerly ScanSoft Inc., a provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world, has become the standard in speech recognition technology for the health care sector. Already in use at thousands of health care facilities worldwide, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical, Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK (software developer kit), and the Dragon MT Workflow System can save health care organisations thousands of dollars per doctor each year in reduced or eliminated manual transcription costs by converting speech into text at up to twice the speed of the spoken word, automating the clinical documentation process and eliminating the high cost and long turnaround time associated with the manual transcription of patient notes.


Nuance provides the health care industry with an unmatched set of speech recognition solutions, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical, the world's best selling front-end speech recognition solution for electronic medical records systems; the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Server SDK, which enables the server-based processing and work flow of recorded patient information; and the Dragon MT Workflow System, a scalable, HIPAA compliant, Web-based platform for end-to-end transcription processing. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking family of products includes 14 pre-made medical speciality vocabularies, supports the creation of custom vocabularies, and delivers patent-pending roaming user capabilities to enable use within distributed care provider facilities.

A growing number of health care vendors and integrators have joined with Nuance to speech-enable their health care solutions, including: Allscripts Healthcare Solutions; Cerner CoPath; ChartLogic Inc.; Clinical Content Consultants LLC; Commissure; Dictaphone; DR Systems Inc.; ERad; Guardian; IDX Systems Corporation; Instar; Meditech; Misys Healthcare Systems; Mountain Medical Technologies Inc.; Northbase; NovaRad; Polaris-Danforth; SoftMed Systems; STI Computer Systems Inc.; Structurad; Swearingen; ThinAir; Virtual Radiological Consultants; and Voicebrook. In addition, ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking has garnered accolades from respected publications worldwide, including CNet, Computer Reseller News, Forbes, The New York Times, PC Magazine, PC World, and SmartComputing.

Nuance's Dragon Dictation Solutions apply highly accurate speech recognition to intelligent work flow processing solutions in order to reduce the costs associated with manually converting medical dictation into text, estimated at $10 billion in North America and $15 billion worldwide each year. Nuance delivers these solutions through its growing number of channel partners, including health care information systems vendors, systems integrators, digital dictation systems vendors and MTSOs. Dragon Dictation Solutions are used worldwide by physicians, records management and medical transcription teams within hospitals, clinics and physician practice organisations, as well as MTSOs to enhance their current transcription services businesses.

Nuance Speech Solutions make the user experience more compelling and expand business potential. Through its dictation, embedded and network speech solutions, Nuance offers the world's pre-eminent portfolio of speech technologies, expertise and solutions that transform the way people interact with businesses, information and each other. Today, thousands of companies and millions of users around the world depend on Nuance Speech Solutions to deliver vital information, increase productivity and conduct business.

Nuance is a provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications and professional services.

Leslie Versweyveld

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