Voice Activated Devices

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Voice Activated Device/ MD Dictation Speech recognition devices are widely used by physicians because they provide many advantages in the health care environment that they practice. Due to managed care, doctors are restricted in the amount of time they can spend with their patients because they use most of their time doing paperwork that is required of them. Speech recognition systems such as dictation programs and devices have brought a new outlook for the application of technology in healthcare organizations especially among physicians. Dictation programs and devices allow doctors to use the time formerly spent on record keeping to see more patients. Many programs and devices exist today that physicians can choose from. Every device or program offered by a medical vendor contains advantages and disadvantages. It is therefore imperative that physicians choose a product that best compliments their treatment practices. In the early days, the benefits of voice-activated programs and devices were limited by the lack of memory capacity and speed of personal computers. Early versions ran on mainframe computers and had a limited vocabulary. Discrete speech was the first application of this technology that was created. This technology used a discrete speaking style that required the speaker to pause between words so that the engine could identify each word accurately (Scott). Most users believed these short pauses to be impractical even though it was highly accurate. Discrete speech later became popular among telephone companies since it is used for telephone commands. In 1996 continuous speech was created and has practically eliminated discrete speech. Continuous speech can recognize a person’s natural way of speaking, which does not require pauses between words. Users simply speak clearly into a microphone at a conversational pace. Once believed to be
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