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Nuance Healthcare Development Platform Will Bring Medical Speech Recognition to the Cloud in 23 Languages

Advanced, Cloud-based Platform That Will Provide Global Healthcare Developers Access to Industry-Leading Speech Recognition Is Available for Preview at Upcoming European Industry Events

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 23 March 2011 — Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) announced today that the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform, which was debuted at HIMSS11 in Orlando, Florida, will be made available for use in International markets. With this new cloud-based platform, third-party developers can rapidly incorporate Nuance Healthcare technologies as part of a wide variety of healthcare applications, providing users with new capabilities for speech-driven clinical documentation and voice navigation. The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform for use in International markets will be introduced by the end of the year, and will support 23 recognition languages. A preview version will be displayed at upcoming healthcare congresses in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and at eHealth Week 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform supports multiple devices and operating systems. By providing all of the CPU intensive speech processing in the cloud, this new platform enables Healthcare ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and internal development teams at provider organisations to seamlessly embed the capabilities of Nuance SpeechAnywhere, powered by SpeechMagic, as part of browser-based applications, mobile applications and thin-client desktop solutions.

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform will extend the current Nuance speech recognition offering and will be available to existing SpeechMagic as well as Dragon Medical partners and users as an add-on option.

"The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform will include the Nuance SpeechAnywhere services which will provide access to secure, enterprise-scale speech recognition in the cloud, whether operated on or off premise, that can be integrated into any device to document care from any place, at any time. Application developers can integrate the core Nuance SpeechAnywhere functionality in a matter of minutes, significantly reducing time to market and advancing the electronic speech infrastructure in hospitals across the world", said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare.

WSpeech-enabling the hospital made fast and easy

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform will empower developers to build a wide array of clinical solutions including ones that bring cloud-based speech recognition to smartphones, tablets, PCs and browser-based applications. Doctors, nurses and other caregivers can be enabled to dictate patient notes in real-time into clinical applications, such as electronic health records (EHR), running on an array of devices including the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

While at a patient's bedside, in their office or at home, doctors can simply dictate a search query via a securely encrypted channel to access desired information. Whether the clinician is looking for updated patient test results or clinical information from an EHR, clinical data repository or other source of medical content, it can be easily accessed via a mobile device.

Patients too can benefit from cloud-based speech recognition, for instance by logging on to hospital web portals and speak their key medical information, including history of present illness, current medications and allergies.

Previewing the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform and Nuance SpeechAnywhere

The Nuance Healthcare Development Platform represents a milestone for healthcare providers, health-IT developers and vendors and users as it will lead to fast roll-out of speech recognition across Europe's healthcare systems. Aware of the significance of this development, Nuance Healthcare will present previews of the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform with Nuance SpeechAnywhere at these key industry events:

  • Germany: conhIT (Berlin, 5-7 April), booth A-107 (Halle 2.2)
  • Sweden: Vitalis (Gothenburg, 5-7 April), booth B07/52
  • Spain: Congreso Nacional de Hospitales (Madrid, 26-29 April), booth 39/40
  • Hungary (pan-European): eHealth Week (Budapest, 10-12 May), booth 521
  • France: HIT (Paris, 17 – 19 Mai), booth A71

Pre-release to developers

The first pre-release of the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform for International markets will be made available to Nuance partners at the Nuance Healthcare Partner Event on October 6 and 7, 2011. Nuance integration partners, whether using Dragon Medical or SpeechMagic, will then have the option to expand their portfolio by offering the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform on top of their current solution. For more information about the Nuance Healthcare Development Platform please contact mert.oez@nuance.com.

Nuance Healthcare

In the era of Accountable Healthcare, where there is shared responsibility for the quality and cost of patient care, Nuance Healthcare's portfolio of Medical Intelligence solutions empower healthcare provider organisations and individual doctors worldwide to deliver higher quality care, improve financial performance and enhance compliance efforts. Nuance Healthcare offers a wide range of Speech Recognition solutions and services as part of its full portfolio.

For additional information on Nuance's healthcare IT solutions visit: http://www.nuancehealthcare.eu.

Nuance Communications

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

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