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April 13, 2012

TCS Associates Unveils Dragon Medical Practice Edition

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

TCS Associates, a provider of accessibility and workflow automation solutions and a company specializing in assistive technology, communication and speech recognition solutions, has been working and developing solutions for people with disabilities since long.

One among the company’s portfolio is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Dragon) speech recognition software. It helps persons with disabilities, especially those who are not able to use the standard keyboard, to enter information into the computer.

Recently, TCS Associates expanded its speech recognition solutions into healthcare industry by introducing Dragon Medical Practice Edition, which will help physicians as well as medical practices realize the significant time and cost savings of transitioning from manual to voice entry of data.

Elucidating about the Medical Practice Edition of Dragon, officials with TCS Associates said in a press release that it is a powerful and configurable voice recognition solution for small practices with 24 physicians or less. It facilitates the entry of patient notes, coding or prescription information into a practice’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) software.

As a state-of-the-art speech recognition technology supporting the EHR transition, the new Dragon Medical Practice Edition allows the user to get large amounts of spoken text into the computer quickly and accurately. It has also expanded its vocabularies and now covers nearly 60 medical specialties and subspecialties.

With the help of the Dragon Medical Practice Edition, clinics that incorporate speech recognition technology into their daily operations can increase their productivity by 50 percent, and save money by lowering their administrative and transcription costs.

For medical practices that already have an EHR system in place, TCS supports the integration as well as customization of programs such as Dragon Medical Practice Edition into their existing office IT infrastructure.

Interested users who want to leverage Dragon Medical Practice Edition can get support from TCS' team who will provide medical practices a free assessment to determine how to integrate speech recognition into their particular office workflow, and to ensure that Dragon Medical Practice Edition can best meet the needs of that practice.

Some of the support and services offered by TCS Associates to the medical practices include full service integration, training, and recommendations for other dictation products that work well with the software.

Users can leverage the PowerMic II handheld microphone along with the Dragon Medical Practice Edition software. This microphone has programmable buttons that allow for greater control of the microphone and navigation through an EHR.

“TCS' work with persons with disabilities provides a perfect foundation for the services we now offer to doctors' offices,” said Harris Rosensweig, manager of Assistive Technology at TCS, in a statement. “When working with a disabled person, the stakes can be high in that if you don't get the technology to work, the person may lose their job. TCS brings this same level of commitment to supporting doctors' offices with Dragon Medical Practice Edition.”

According to a press release, Rosensweig and his team became experts at creating custom voice commands with Dragon that allowed persons with disabilities to perform the same work tasks as their peers.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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