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Nuance Launches New Version of Dragon Medical Practice Edition

Helps Doctors Access Real-Time Clinical Information and Document Faster and More Completely within Electronic Health Records

LONDON, UK, June 12, 2013 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced a new Dragon Medical Practice Edition especially for smaller practices to help accelerate clinician adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and meaningfully use of HIT. Practice Edition is powered by the same award-winning Dragon Medical speech recognition technology used by more than 180,000 doctors today, including the largest, most advanced healthcare providers. Practice Edition introduces voice shortcuts to aid medical searches for information, and supports more than 90 specialised medical vocabularies and the customised needs of small practices, helping doctors improve productivity and document specialised care and medical decisions faster and more accurately.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition makes it easier for doctors to document care into medical records using their voice, by enabling them to both dictate the “medical decision-making” of patient visits and navigate through the EHR using speech. This improves the quality and completeness of the patient note and saves doctors valuable time with each patient. With up to 99 percent accuracy, doctors dictate medical notes three times faster into an EHR, helping them save an average of 30 minutes a day through a more streamlined process.

Commenting on Dragon Medical, Dr. Erfan Javaheri, West Bar Surgery said: “Because it is easier and quicker to talk than to type, patient letters created using Dragon Medical tend to be much more comprehensive and detailed. Previously, to keep up with the volume of correspondence, letters tended to be quite short and to the point. Their brevity could sometimes cause the recipient anxiety. Thanks to Dragon Medical, now we can issue more detailed letters to them. We are able to add in more reassurances about their condition or treatment, so as to alleviate their stress levels when they read the letter. This peace of mind is essential for patients.” He added: “I would certainly recommend it to other medical professionals. It is not only the accuracy and the medical dictionaries that impress, but also the ability to send emails and search the internet easily.”

Dragon Medical Practice Edition is fine tuned to identify and understand the unique way doctors pronounce words, and continuously improves the quality of speech recognition by running language and acoustic optimisation software in the background. This enables the voice recognition engine to understand physicians using many different and customised medical terms quickly and accurately. More than 30 new specialty vocabularies are included in this latest version of Practice Edition, supporting more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialty vocabularies in total, which is unparalleled in the industry.

By tapping into Nuance’s expertise in mobile devices and doctors’ love of mobile phones for their convenience, Dragon Medical Practice Edition now allows them to use their favourite device as a microphone to dictate medical records using an Android-powered Smartphone or an Apple iPhone as well as traditional methods, such as PowerMics. With approximately 74 percent of doctors using smartphones for work, this provides them with more flexibility in choosing how to capture clinical documentation to fit their needs while providing a more comprehensive patient medical record.


The new Dragon Medical Practice Edition is available for doctors and medical practices from authorised resellers. To find a reseller near you or with experience in assisting physicians with your EHR, please click here.

Nuance is the market leader in creating clinical understanding solutions that drive smart, efficient decisions across healthcare. As the largest clinical documentation provider in the U.S., Nuance also provides solutions and services in the UK that improve the entire clinical documentation process — from the capture of the complete patient record to clinical documentation improvement. More than 450,000 physicians and 10,000 healthcare facilities worldwide leverage Nuance’s award-winning, voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to support the physician in any clinical workflow and on any device.

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