Philips Speech Processing GmbH

Philips SpeechMagic to be implemented in Paris hospital-network AP-HP

Vienna, Austria – Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today that Paris’ hospital network, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), will implement the speech recognition technology, SpeechMagic, in all of its 39 public hospitals. SpeechMagic will be introduced as an integral part of the dictation and reporting workflow DictaPlus 5 and is expected to speed up the creation of medical reports which will help reduce waiting times for patients. When the installation period ends in 2010, Paris will have the world’s most advance document creation system in healthcare and also the world’s largest deployment of hospital-wide speech recognition, involving more than 12,000 physicians and 3,000 medical secretaries.

AP-HP aims to achieve a significant drop in report turn-around time, as experienced by the Hôpital Européen Georges-Pompidou, which is also part of AP-HP. The hospital has been using DictaPlus powered by SpeechMagic in its radiology department for 4 years and reduced the turnaround time for medical reports from four days to a few hours.

”SpeechMagic provides industrial-grade features, specifically designed to facilitate large-scale implementations in the healthcare sector,” said Patrick Allongue, sales manager France for Philips Speech Recognition Systems. “The close cooperation with our partner DictaPlus has lead to this significant milestone not only for our company but for the entire speech recognition industry. But those who will benefit most are the Parisian patients, as treatments will be speeded up significantly.” Various studies have shown that speech recognition reduces report turn-around time by 50-90%.

“Speech recognition is currently one of the key technologies for preparing the healthcare sector to future documentation challenges such as a shift in demographics and more complex treatment – all of which require more and highly accurate documentation”, says Gérard Canadas, president and CEO of DictaPlus France.

SpeechMagic has received the “Technology Leadership Award” from Frost and Sullivan following a market study, which also revealed that SpeechMagic is the most-widely used speech recognition technology in European healthcare. The Paris project will further strengthen SpeechMagic’s position as the de-facto standard speech recognition technology for healthcare organizations.

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