Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Version 9.5 (http://nuance.com/dictaphone/naturallyspeaking/)
is a speech recognition system that lets physicians navigate any Windows or
Citrix based EMR system using voice commands. The Medical Version 9.5 was
originally designed as a general Window speech recognition system. In the latest
versions, EMR-specific features have been added, which reduces time spent
NaturallySpeaking Medical was first launched in 2003.
Version 9.5 was released in January of 2007. Approximately every 20 months a
new version is released. DNS Medical Version 9.5 is an all-in-one system which enables
physicians to use voice commands to navigate, dictate progress notes,
e-prescribe medications and access test results.
DNS Medical Version 9.5 is a high tech solution to eliminating
all of the typing and mouse clicks that can make EMR's time consuming and
cumbersome to use. This is an amazing system; it uses speech-driven macros to
navigate through the entire EMR system. This software makes creating letters,
reports and emails three times faster than typing by hand. Clinicians can utilize
multiple input devices to suite their working preferences.It is possible to use handheld digital
recorders, PDAs and Nuance approved BlueTooth headsets. The system has a built
in medical library of 14 vocabularies covering over 60 specialties including
Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, Pathology and many others.
I found the screens and menus easy to use, and user friendly.
When using this speech recognition software you can easily navigate the entire
system with voice commands. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Version 9.5
has the ability to add site names, new medications and create personalized
commands that automatically enter standard phrases or paragraphs, such as
normal exam results.
Displays voice command drop down window in Word.
The DNS Medical Version 9.5 has multiple user capability and
can be installed on multiple computers and also can be used over networks. A
license is required for each user. Dictaphone's PowerMic II is a useful option.
It is an ergonomically designed handheld
microphone that filters ambient sounds, includes a pointing device and offers
mouse functionality.It is offered in
most bundles of the system.
Displays tabs and menus in an EMR.
My overall impression of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical
Version 9.5 is that this system is easily installed, very well designed and a
valuable timesaving solution for physicians and clinicians. This system is an
affordable solution for dealing with EMRs.
The software is ready to use out of the box. Most users can
install the software themselves, and after a brief training session, Dragon
Medical Version 9.5 adapts to the user's speech. The Dragon Medical 9.5 has a
full set of onscreen tutorials, eliminating the need for reading a thick manual.
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Version 9.5 is
compatible with any Windows based system, including Vista
and Office 2007. The system is also compatible with any Citrix based EMR
system.The Dictaphone PowerMic II is
not compatible with Linux or Mac systems. Be aware that the system requires 1
GB of memory.
Ease of Use, Configuration,
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Version 9.5 reduces
time spent documenting patient care and can raise clinician satisfaction. It
can improve quality of patient documentation
by allowing physicians to dictate and document in their own words. The Medical
Version 9.5 has multiple language models and flexible work flow options. With
this system you have the ability to add site names, new medications and create
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical Version 9.5 is used by over
50,000 clinicians to document care directly into an EMR, Microsoft Word document,
or in other clinical software. DNS Medical 9.5 lets physicians navigate any
Windows or Citrix based EMR system by using voice commands to navigate throughout
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 9.5 system is available
starting at $1,599. There are additional costs for user licenses, and Nuance can
provide onsite training for additional fees, which usually takes approximately
2 hours per user. Physicians that use this system have reported that they get a
return on their original investment within 3 to 4 months.
Pluses and Minuses
Makes EMRs easire to use
Reduces time spent documenting care
Hands free navigation
Compatible with a variety of dictation input devices
Additional user licenses and on-site training can boost the
cost of the system
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