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How to Make the Most of Your Speech Recognition Software

Published on the Nov. 27, 2012, DiagnosticImaging.com website

By Whitney L.J. Howell

CHICAGO — If you’re using speech recognition software, you’re likely saving yourself some time with dictation. But, are you sure you’re getting the most out of the technology? Chances are, the answer is no.

The goal of this tool, David Weiss, MD, a radiologist with Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va., told a group at this year’s RSNA annual meeting, is to make your work faster and more efficient. There are strategies you can use to optimize what speech recognition (SR) software can do.

He offered these tips for training your SR software to accurately record your dictations with as few errors as possible.

1. Be consistent in your diction. Always use the same phrases to describe a finding or a process. If you must make a correction, fix the entire phrase rather than a single word. SR software doesn’t identify individual words. It works mainly off of context, so it will eventually recognize certain phrases and record them correctly.

2. Speak in a deeper voice. Most SR software is programmed to respond best to a male voice without an accent. If your software is routinely making errors, try lowering the pitch of your voice to see if that will improve performance. Also, wait a few seconds after pressing record. Most microphones have a slight delay, so if you begin speaking immediately, the SR software won’t be able to catch your first syllables.

To view the remainder of the article at its original location: http://www.diagnosticimaging.com/conference-reports/rsna2012/content/article/113619/2116268

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