Nuance Communications drew big crowds to its booth at the 2010 HIMSS conference when it introduced long-awaited mobile versions of its popular Dragon Medical Mobile Recorder and Dragon Medical Search speech recognition software, in the form of iPhone apps. Nearly two years later, the Burlington, Mass.-based software vendor continues to build its mobile healthcare portfolio.
As MobiHealthNews reported, Nuance announced the PowerScribe |360 Mobile app late last year at the Radiological Society of North America annual conference, a product that will allow radiologists to read and sign off on imaging reports from their iPhones when it hits the market in the middle of 2012. The desktop platform is available now.
Speech recognition can speed up data capture on many platforms, perhaps more so with mobile. “We know that speech is three times faster than typing [on a standard keyboard],” but it may be five to six times faster than typing on a touchscreen or tiny buttons of a mobile device, says Jonathon Dreyer, Nuance’s senior manager for mobile solutions marketing in healthcare.
Dreyer spoke to MobiHealthNews Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Connected Medicine, 60 stories above downtown Pittsburgh. Nuance is one of about a dozen partners that UPMC is highlighting at the center, a showcase for many cutting-edge technologies already in use at the health system.
Nuance is looking to shift much of the processing of data from mobile devices to the cloud in order to offer greater computing power and to safeguard sensitive healthcare information in case a device gets lost or stolen. The other benefit of cloud processing is that users can keep the same profile no matter how or where they access and application, Dreyer says. Keep reading>>