Amazon Web Services is rolling out an electronic health record-supported machine learning transcription service that uses speech recognition applications to ease physician documentation. The product is Amazon Transcribe Medical, which automatically translates audio streams into medical speech, enabling affordable, secure and accurate note taking for clinical staff, researchers and other stakeholders. Cerner, for example is using the product in an initial development of a digital voice scribe that automatically listens to clinician and patient interactions and captures the conversation in text form. The service enables developers to add medical speech-to-text capability to their applications. Amazon is positioning Transcribe Medical as a tool to ease physician and researcher burnout.
Scribe Healthcare Technologies Inc. has released a revolutionary speech recognition software called Scribe Interactive. Since physicians and healthcare personnel need to be adaptable to cost efficient ways of practicing healthcare, Scribe Interactive is one tool that can immediately generate transcription layout from a dictation. With Scribe Interactive, the built in Scribe's M*Modal's Speech Recognition Engine leverages existing voice profiles to accomplish this. Even without a recognized voice profile, Scribe Interactive allows users to create verbal snippets for efficiency. There are many added features to this tool.
Historically, the doctor-patient relationship has been at the heart of medical practice, with administrative tasks and record-keeping at the border. Today, that critical balance is at risk. Nearly all hospitals and 80% of medical practices use electronic health records (EHRs), presumably to help improve access to health information and increase productivity. The problem is that none of these digital tools were designed specifically to advance the practice of good medicine. Consider these stark statistics: Every hour doctors spend with patients, they dedicate nearly two more hours to maintaining EHRs and clerical work.
Every book has a biological story to tell. Now, scientists have recently figured out how to sample books for ancient DNA and proteins without damaging them. Such studies are revealing the organisms that interacted with ancient books, from the animals whose skins are preserved as parchment to the bookworms and people who once lingered over the pages. Researchers can even isolate the microbes spewed on manuscripts when people kissed, coughed, or sneezed on them. In May, scientists shared new ways of analyzing ancient books at an unusual symposium at the Bodleian, which brought together biologists, librarians, medievalists, and even a modern scribe.
My father's father was born on a farm in Geauga County, Ohio, and began life riding a horse to school each day. He was 14 when the first Model T rattled down the dusty back roads and, as time went by, he saw firsthand how the automobile transformed our world. In 1991, when the grand dream of an interstate highway system was finally complete, Grandfather purchased a 40-foot Winnebago and traversed the continent with Grandmother at his side.