Speech recognition and control improve radiologists’ daily practice

Munich. October 11th, 2017. Smart Radiology users benefit from the integration of the Dragon Medical SpeechKit (Nuance Communications) with its speech recognition technology. Operators of the widely used SpeechMagic platform (Nuance Communications) may now also work with Smart Reporting. Smart Reporting, with its integrated speech recognition functionalities, provides an excellent introduction to an efficient and optimized medical reporting practice for users, who are currently unfamiliar with the Nuance speech recognition software.

Background

Up to now radiologists have dictated more than 90 percent of their reports as free-text. This approach is laborious and leads to great variation between different medical reports, such that structure and content largely depend on the physician authors. Consequently, features of specific diseases are not always described uniformly, and oftentimes time-consuming inquiry calls need to be made.

To solve this problem, Smart Reporting has developed a software that supports radiologist in generating high-quality reports. Utilizing intelligent decision trees and pre-defined suggestions for report texts, the software generates structured reports, which are uniform, adhere to current guidelines, and are entirely evaluable. Therefore, reports are not only written at a faster pace, they are also of higher quality.

The intelligent software acts like a “navigation system” guiding radiologists through the report by systematically asking for medically relevant parameters. Speech recognition and speech control have been implemented to further improve usability, and ensure a seamless integration into the radiologists’ workflow. To this end, Smart Reporting cooperates with Nuance Communications Healthcare - one of the leading providers for intelligent speech recognition technology offering radiologists with a convenient tool that can be operated using voice commands. Based on the information provided, the program suggests clearly structured, unambiguous report texts. Radiologists may then edit and adapt the reports according to their own needs.

About Smart Reporting GmbH

Smart Reporting was founded in December 2014. Aim was the development of a tool for the generation of structured medical reports based on decision trees instead of commonly used free- text. Driving force behind the project is Prof. Dr. Wieland Sommer who is a professor for radiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich. He came up with the idea for Smart Reporting – a name that stands for high-quality medical reports. For its idea based on reliable, structured reporting Smart Reporting won awards at two founders’ challenges: the “ITK Innovativ” for information and communication technologies sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and Cashwalk. Since nowadays radiologists conduct more than 150 million examinations per year, Smart Reporting is a software as a service solution (SaaS) of high relevance for modern health economics.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN) is one of the leading providers for intelligent systems that enables effective communication between men and machines. Nuance has also developed print and document management solutions for companies and private customers worldwide. These technologies, applications and services provide a clearly elevated user comfort, and offer labor-saving methodologies for handling information intended for the generation, distribution and utilization of documents. Millions of users work with the tested and tried applications and professional services provided by Nuance on a day-to-day basis. For further information please follow the link:www.nuance.com.

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