G2 Speech, a fast growing Dutch developer of speech recognition solutions for the medical profession and the lawyer's practice, has signed a partnering agreement with Lernout & Hauspie, the Flemish world leader in speech technology. L&H's Voice XPress software will be integrated into the various health care and legal applications, designed by G2 Speech, in order to create integrated and advanced speechware tools for any given platform. The first programme to be realized will constitute a professional software for pathological applications. Packages for other medical specialities are already being planned since the Dutch health care sector is crying out for this user-friendly type of digital speech implementation.
G2 Speech aims to deliver efficient systems which offer seamless integration into the existing infrastructure and methodology of each health care institution or legal practice. In this way, the Department of Pathology at the "Reinier de Graaf" Clinic in Delft currently uses a digital dictation system allowing pathologists and analysts to complete their reports in one single day. The analysis no longer is recorded on tape but is directly stored into a central computer system. An integrated workflow management system offers the secretaries simple access to the dictated material to work out the reports. As a result, the Pathology Department can deliver 15.000 to 20.000 reports annually to the various hospitals, claiming its services.
The system consists of a barcode reading microphone for fast and adequate input of patient number registration. The pathologist needs both hands to analyse the preparations while he is also wearing rubber gloves. Therefore, the microphone has been installed above the dissecting-table whereas the system is controlled via a foot switch. The workflow system is able to display the status of the dictated analyses at any given moment for a fair and equal distribution between the secretaries. After completion, the report returns to the analyst for a final check-up before it is handed over to the responsible pathologist. Digital speechware technology in the long run will transform the Department of Pathology into a paperless environment.
L&H's Voice XPress speech recognition package will enhance the proprietary G2 Speech software with a broad range of tools for the creation of specialized programmes for pathology and many other medical specialities. For Lernout & Hauspie, the new partnership forms an excellent opportunity in order to consolidate its market share of professional dictation products both in The Netherlands and Europe. The technical knowhow of the young and dynamic G2 Speech company offers immediate access to a targeted range of interested customers. For more information on speech recognition systems for health care applications in The Netherlands, we refer to the VMW article Speech recognition medical specialists work more efficiently in the September 1998 issue.