SpeechWorks Dictation

The SpeechWorks Dictation product utilizes Microsoft’s built in speech recognition engine to record and translate the radiologist’s dictation. The speech recognition engine is being used as a recording device that can link sound with words for a transcriptionist. It does not include the radiologist’s lexicon, but this can be added at a later time. With this product and SpeechWorks VR, the microphone and speech recognition engine must be on the same computer. However, there are plans to move that support out to a remotely connected Speech Recognition Server in the future. This will allow the radiologist to dictate from anywhere there is web access and utilize another device, such as a mobile phone, in place of the microphone.

While dictating, the radiologist can select to view the translated words, as these may provide some guidelines for navigation of the sound file. The recording device supports rewind, fast rewind, insert, fast forward and replay. During playback, the radiologist can select to hear their own recording or the translated words. The product allows the radiologist to readily delete words or sentences, insert words and utilize the macros. The radiologist can jump around the various areas on the report screen (between findings and impressions, for example) while recording and the sound file will place the voice clips in the appropriate order for the transcriptionist. When finished, the radiologist selects to save the recording as "dictated".

The transcriptionist connects to the server via a web browser and selects “dictated” reports from the list. This displays the transcribed text on the screen and allows the sound to start playing, controllable via the mouse or a foot pedal. Additionally, the speed of the playback is linked to the transcriptionist’s typing; i.e. it is self-pacing. As the transcriptionist moves from word to word, the “bouncing ball” indicator keeps pace with the typing. It stays a user-set amount ahead of the typist, alleviating the need to use the foot pedal. The transcriptionist’s vocabulary includes a medical dictionary for the benefits of spell checking. Once the report is typed, it is marked as “transcribed” and the radiologist picks it off their worklist to correct and sign. Once signed, the report is distributed, same as all SpeechWorks products.