Back in 2007, Software Point developed and delivered a brand new LIMS for the Pirkanmaa Hospital Districts pathology laboratory in Tampere, Finland. As a result of the project, Software Point released a pathology module for its C5 LIMS, a product developed specifically for the healthcare laboratory market. It is a LIMS far ahead of the competition, with advanced functionality such as its 100% web-based user interface and workflow-centric approach with process flow control.
Since the start of production in Tampere, a lot of functionality has been added to the LIMS. It was not long after the initial launch of the LIMS when Pirkanmaa started the use of digital dictation, which Software Point had integrated into the LIMS. Now, in the beginning of 2010, a new exciting project has been started with the aim of replacing the digital dictation with full-fledged speech recognition. It will be based on technology developed by the international market leader, Nuance. A Finnish company Oy Konttorityö has adapted the speech recognition for the finnish language and developed special dictionaries for the domain. Software Point will now integrate this solution, called SpeechMagic, into the C5 LIMS.
With the introduction of speech recognition, the pathologists will dictate their statements with a microphone attached to their PC. Instead of saving the statement as a sound file, it will be converted into text in real time. Should the software make errors in the recognition process, the pathologist can correct them immediately. The system is adaptive, so it will learn each individuals tone and speaking manner. The recognition rate will improve over time, as the system supports learning by example. The speech recognition will enable the pathologist to prepare completed statements as they are dictated. This enables the results to be reported to the physicians without any time-consuming extra steps. In the past, secretaries have had to play back and manually type in the statements, and then let the pathologists review them from the LIMS. The new system is also expected to improve the quality of the statements, as the pathologists will be able to see the final content of their dictation on the screen, as they speak.
More about the project from Business area director Jouko Kuisma.
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