07/16/2008

PHILIPS Speech Recognition Systems

Philips, Oy Konttorityö introduce speech recognition-based hospital report management solution in Finland

SpeechMagic Executive Advanced features newly released Finnish MultiMed vocabulary

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today the release of a report management solution for Finnish hospitals that is expected to significantly speed up the availability of medical reports and information. Philips SpeechMagic Executive Advanced (SMEA) caters to a variety of medical documentation use cases from dictation and transcription to speech recognition. The system seamlessly integrates with any healthcare infrastructure and features the new Finnish MultiMed ConText for hospital-wide speech recognition. The solution strengthens Philips position as the only company to provide healthcare speech recognition solutions for the major Nordic countries, including Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

SMEA can be applied as a stand-alone application or as an integrated solution. The incorporated Finnish MultiMed ConText features specialized terminology for accurate recognition of reports from surgery, internal medicine, gynecology, neurology, psychiatrics, pulmonology and other specialties. The solution is based on Citrix Ready technology to ensure compatibility with the increasingly popular Citrix Application Delivery Infrastructures.

Pilot projects
The Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District is introducing speech recognition in surgery, following a pilot project with SMEA. “Using speech recognition, a dictation is done immediately after the operation – exactly the same way as before. The text is sent to a transcriptionist for review, although in future surgeons can also take care of the correction themselves. Due to this it is possible to improve the quality of dictations and eliminate unnecessary report creation phases,” said Kari Haukipuro, head of surgery at the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District.

Lääkäriasema Pulssi Oy, one of the five biggest private clinics in Finland, has introduced speech recognition in radiology. “Using SpeechMagic Executive Advanced instead of manual typing saves radiologists significant working time,” confirmed Timo Kolu, the director of the hospital’s imaging center.

“The Helsinki University Central Hospital released figures that show an improvement in report turnaround time by up to 78 percent,” said Björn Aune, regional director Nordics for Philips Speech Recognition Systems. “With speech recognition, reports are available instantly to physicians as well as their patients, hereby supporting faster decisions on further treatment.”

SpeechMagic Executive Adanced is available through Philips Speech Recognition Systems’ Finnish distribution partner Oy Konttorityö.