Speech recognition is not a new technology. Back in 2002, I spent just under a year with Vianeta, a small startup that used digital dictation and speech recognition to create digital transcripts of medical records. The technology was still new enough that gaining mind share in the market place was relatively easy.
The most significant advantage of speech recognition in health care was the preservation of an author’s intent in creating a medical chart. Only with the tenor of an author’s voice could intent be captured. This intent added personality to medical records that a written record could not.
Unfortunately, the technology was expensive and perfect transcriptions were impossible to guarantee. However, many transcriptions liked speech recognition because it provided a starting point for transcribing. With a digital transcription from speech recognition, the time to generate the transcript was less than a minute for a common clinical encounter.
As more modern mobile devices became easier to use, voice dictation slowly lost ground to smart phones, tablet computers and more advanced medical records software. But what may bring back speech recognition is the grown burden of entering data only through a key board or a finger poke. Input was slow. Speech recognition gives the author the prospect of entering data that no mini keyboard or finger poke could match.
In summary, speech recognition may have lost its luster in the medical or legal field. In fact, its resurgence may be tied to the consumer market where simple, brief commands are more common place than complex sentences and atypical English medical or legal words. I believe that Apple and others will solve the mystery of speech recognition by design or smart software design.
Spotted on Twitter via @TechButthead: [Infographic] The 1,000-Year Evolution of Speech and Voice Recognition http://bit.ly/Ok8QRD
Disclaimer: These are the personal opinions of Dr. Hom. There are no disclosures for this post. © Copyright 2012 Richard Hom OD MPA aka “Tips4EyeDocs” [nicepaypal type=”Donate”]