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Philips and 3M reach speech recognition agreement

Philips Speech Recognition Systems : 10 October, 2007  (New Product)
Philips SpeechMagic speech recognition engine is to be integrated into 3M Health Information Systems’ document creation suite of products in a move to help improve patient safety.
3M’s customers will be provided with leading-edge documentation solutions that bring simplicity to the complex process of medical reporting. The cooperation with 3M allows Philips to accelerate its Speech recognition developments for the healthcare sector.

3M customers will be provided with front-end and backend speech recognition, designed to reduce document turnaround time and transcription costs. The Speech recognition system will be integrated with 3M’s innovative voice management system, flexible document creation tools and automated document distribution solutions.

Nancy Larson, president, 3M Health Information Systems said: “Our customers are now provided with Speech recognition technology that leverages decades of experience and know-how from the world’s largest healthcare Speech recognition deployments. Together, we will enhance information management in hospitals, because today information drives an organization's ability to manage revenue and resources, comply with regulations, and ultimately, to improve the quality of patient care.”

Marcel Wassink, CEO of Philips Speech recognition Systems said: “In today’s team-based approach to medicine, accurate documentation can save lives; it ensures that all team-members during every stage of the care cycle have access to the latest patient information. Speech recognition speeds up the availability of medical reports and helps ensure consistent healthcare documentation, which is critical to the safe delivery of care.”

With the increased deployment of online medical records, coupled with the ongoing imperative to improve patient safety,

The demand for fast, high quality medical transcription is at an all-time high and is starting to outpace labour resources. This imbalance is driving up transcription costs. In response the healthcare industry is turning to Speech recognition to enable existing resources to be more productive.
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