Doctors Still Don’t Love Smartphone Dictation

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Digital dictation on smartphones is starting to pick up, but nowhere near as much as a recent mHIMSS blog posting suggests. The main obstacles include physician workflow, speech recognition accuracy, and doctors’ reluctance to edit transcription. But other factors, such as the ubiquity of mobile devices, their increased processing power, and the growth of cloud-based services, are expected to change the equation.

The mHIMSS blog said, “With more and more doctors looking to capture notes on their smartphones, the speech recognition market is booming.”

The market does appear to be growing, as more healthcare providers take advantage of speech recognition to reduce transcription costs. Nuance, Philips, 3M, and M*Modal are all putting out products, the blog noted, and Nuance has launched mobile dictation products over the past couple of years. Yet it is unclear how much of the market growth is related to physician use of digital dictation on mobile devices.

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