06/01/2005

Philips Speech Processing

Philips SpeechMagic Integrated in Voice Messenger

Voice Technologies announced today the launch of Voice Messenger, a new speech recognition solution based on the award winning SpeechMagic engine from Philips Speech Recognition Systems. Voice Messenger is the first medical speech recognition solution in the UK that enables physicians to access and use their hospital's reporting system from everywhere in the world over a web browser. The application will be launched at the 2005 UK Radiological Congress at the G-Mex Centre, Manchester 6th to 8th June.

Based on years of experience, Voice Technologies realised that new operating strategies for specialties such as Radiology, Haematology, Pathology, General Surgery and Orthopaedics, were essential if document processing was to be carried out efficiently, accurately and rapidly. In collaboration with the renowned Glasgow School of Art's, Digital Design Studio, the company therefore developed Voice Messenger - a speech-recognition enabled reporting solution, which can be integrated with other data streams, such as Radiology & Hospital Information Systems to bridge the crucial gap in hospital working procedures.

Voice Messenger, which is based on the SpeechMagic technology from Philips, allows doctors to directly dictate into letters, forms or reports and convert to text in real time. All functionalities can be accessed in a web browser environment, so that location is no longer an issue and physicians can work from anywhere in the world. Incorporating the latest SpeechMagic functionalities, Voice Messenger allows users to navigate templates, insert standard text blocks and format text by voice command. As a result physicians can now create, check and edit reports immediately, without time-consuming typing. However, Voice Messenger also offers the option to forward dictations to medical secretaries for transcription, enabling physicians and hospitals to adapt their reporting workflow according to the dictation volume or availability of resources. Either way, dictated text can be released to relevant parties such as ward areas or other consultants, within minutes after examination.

Previously, these procedures would have taken up to four weeks to be transcribed and distributed using old-fashioned cassette tape media. The vastly improved reporting times that Voice Messenger offers represents a step change in the modernisation of health service administration.

Heather Wylie, Managing Director of Voice Technologies, said: "Our deep understanding of administration procedures in hospitals, in combination with the robust and highly accurate speech recognition technology from Philips and the innovative approach of the Digital Design Studio, resulted in a unique medical reporting application. Voice Messenger takes into account the increasing demand for efficiency and gives doctors the choice to work how they want and where they want."

SpeechMagic, which has won the E-Health-Innovations Award 2005 for increasing efficiency by 74% in the Diana Princess of Wales Hospital's radiology department in Grimsby, is at the heart of Voice Messenger. The speech recognition engine from Philips has been developed exclusively for professional users and guarantees reports of highest accuracy as well as the latest features in digital speech recognition.

Voice Messenger powered by SpeechMagic can be experienced live at booth 331, at the 2005 UK Radiological Congress at the G-Mex Centre, Manchester 6th to 8th June.