Friday, April 11, 2014

Digital voice recorders an indispensable tool for important meetings

Employees who have been subjected to early morning business meetings are well aware of how difficult it can be to remember all of the information being covered. While typing notes into a laptop may be more efficient than writing them by hand, much crucial information can be missed due to this multi-tasking.  Enter the perfect solution-  digital voice recorders.

When you only need to record a few people and need to be as unobtrusive as possible, you may not need a full blown meeting recording kit. A simple pocket sized recorder may to just the trick.

For high quality speech recording in a small package, an intelligent choice is a product like the new Olympus WS-823 Digital Voice Recorder. This digital recorder offers a wide variety of important features at a price that's not too hard on the wallet. With a high-sensitivity microphone for high-quality stereo recording, 8 GB of memory providing up to 198 hours of record time and a direct USB  battery charging system that runs straight off of your PC, fatigued professionals will never have to worry about missing critical information during the boss's lecture.


For a high-quality digital voice recorder that won't break the bank, the Olympus DM-823 is the educated choice. Professionals everywhere will be surprised at the difference it can make in their career.

Voice recorders, speech recognition, and conference recording kits are available at American Dictation Corp.  an industry leader in both sales and support.

Monday, March 10, 2014

New York Times Bestselling Author Turns to DS-3500

The writing tool New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson can’t live without? The Olympus DS-3500 Professional Dictation System.

Anderson, who has written more than 120 books over the span of his career to date, appreciates the system’s push-button design, takes full advantage of its workflow efficiencies and credits his dictation style of writing with his productivity. The DS-3500s Olympus Dictation Management Systems Software
(ODMS) also allows Anderson to work seamlessly with transcriptionists, who often serve as his first line of editors – they can point out of something he’s written is unclear. And, of course, being a bestselling author, security is of the essence.

The DS-3500 has him covered.

When envisioning a writer’s life, one often draws up visions of the creative working industriously, often exasperatedly, at his or her keyboard, either typing furiously or staring at a blank screen or piece of paper.

Perhaps it’s a time before the advent of the computer, where an author types a few lines before ripping the page from his typewriter, crumpling the sheet and throwing it to a mountain of bad ideas that fell before it next to his desk. Even today, most professional writers are chained to the desk and the keyboard.

But for Kevin J. Anderson, the number-one international bestselling author of more than 120 books, the technique is completely different.

Anderson talks it out. And he’s nowhere near his desk when he does it.

Instead, Anderson, best known for his Dune novels (coauthored with Brian Herbert), his Star Wars and X-Files novels and comics, began dictating his stories nearly 25 years ago and does his best work while hiking the mountains of Colorado where he and his wife, Rebecca Moesta, (also a New York Times bestselling writer) live.

“I consider myself a story-teller,” said Anderson. “I immerse myself in the narrative as if I’m telling the story around a campfire, and the way I write adds color. By being surrounded by great input – waterfalls, bears, rattlesnakes, streams and having all the smells, sounds, sights adds richness that an office doesn’t allow.”

Anderson, like many writers, would have epiphanies about characters, plot twists and narrative details when he least expected them.

“I have my best ideas when walking and mulling about a character or plot and I’d have a brilliant idea,” said Anderson, “but by the time I’d get home, I’d have forgotten it.”

So, in 1990, he began carrying a recorder with him to first take notes for himself. Eventually, dictation became a habit.

“You have to learn how to do it [dictate] and how to use it [the dictation device]. You have to learn how to write with a recorder,” said Anderson, who gives lectures about his technique to aspiring writers across the U.S. “Dictating is actually a lot more straightforward than typing. Consider the steps involved in typing prose at a keyboard: First, you think of the sentence you want to write, think of the words, the letters, and then you have to move your fingers across a randomly arranged keyboard to create the sentence. That takes a lot of time. But when I dictate, I just think of the sentence and it comes out of my mouth.”

Dictating, says Anderson, who uses an Olympus DS-3500 as the main tool in his writer’s toolbox, allows him to write more quickly than some of his peers. He once wrote 830 pages in 47 days and is one of the most productive working writers today.

In fact, Anderson has four books due by the end of January 2014. One is due next month. But he isn’t concerned.

“I’m not at all worried,” said Anderson. “The weather is getting nice outside and I can hike and write all day.”

Friday, January 17, 2014

Leading law firms streamline workflow with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Many law firms are joining the ranks of professionals who are maximizing their efficiency with professional speech recognition software.  We have found that using Dragon Legal in conjunction with a specialized voice recorder such as the Philips DPM800 can reduce the typing burden on legal secretaries by 70-80%


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Legal speech recognition software is flexible, efficient and accurate, making it extremely helpful to law firms in which administrative assistants must tackle high volumes of typing. Because average users speak approximately 140 words per minute, but can type only 50, digital dictation software truly maximizes efficiency. When speech recognition software is involved, professionals can direct more of their attention to other functions, such as customer service and organizational duties.

Law professionals looking to usher in a new era of technological speed at their firms should consider implementing the Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Legal. The new version performs at a rate of 15 percent fewer errors than before, allowing legal professionals to easily draw up contracts, briefs and court documents with speed and accuracy.

For a quick overview and explanation of how Dragon can improve your day, give Paul or Scott a call at American Dictation Corp. 1-866-408-1383.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Remote transcription solutions help workers keep up in a digital world

With much of the workforce increasingly going mobile, it follows that technology would adapt to meet the needs that this situation creates. Now, more than ever, professional transcriptionists can succeed as remote workers thanks to advanced remote transcription solutions.

Transcriptionists working from home can enjoy the ease and efficiency offered to them by remote transcription products from American Dictation. These systems can receive encrypted voice files from another computer, so workers will always be connected to their colleagues and won't be pressed by the need to drive to pick up tapes or documents.

The newest addition to the line is the Olympus AS-7000 Transcription Kit.


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The AS-7000 which replaces the popular Olympus AS-5000 can automatically receive voice files via secure FTP or e-mail.  When voice files arrive to the transcriptionist's inbox, they are automatically downloaded to the software, and a notification pops up alerting the typist of their arrival.

These new transcription kits fit the needs of firms and clinics seeking increased productivity and profitability and those of workers seeking flexibility and 24 hour access to work perfectly.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Health Network Tries Out DS-3500 for Residency Program Focus Groups

Susan Hansen knows data.

The research associate at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Department of Family Medicine is a part of the Allentown, Pa.-based health system’s efforts to continuously improve its educational experience for Family Medicine physicians in training.

As one of 14 family medicine residency programs chosen to participate in a national pilot program from 2007 – 2012, LVHN’s Department of Family Medicine research team collected data for five years to track its efforts to improve graduate medical education. The initiative, called Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice (p4), was jointly sponsored by the American Board of Family Medicine and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

LVHN’s family medicine residency program had been conducting focus groups with each resident cohort for years prior to entering the p4 pilot project. The goal of these sessions is twofold: to gather feedback for continuous improvement and to gauge residents’ educational progress at various stages of the program. By modifying a few questions to align with the p4 hypotheses, LVHN was able to use the focus groups as data points for that project as well.

“We ask residents about the main educational concepts, their on-site experiences at the family medicine practice sites, and their relationships with faculty, staff and each other,” Hansen said. “And then we pull that information together to evaluate our program’s methods for preparing residents for a career in family medicine.”

It’s a big job that requires quality data.

“Before p4,” said Hansen, “we used cassette recorders to capture the focus group discussions, but those recordings were good only for transcription purposes because they couldn’t be uploaded into our data analysis software.”

So in 2009, the department upgraded to digital recorders.

After four years of experience using various digital recorders, the residency program researchers had the opportunity to take the Olympus DS-3500 professional dictation device for a spin during two focus group sessions this past spring. Having gathered six to eight residents and two research team members for each session, Hansen conducted the focus groups in a small conference room around one long table. Hansen placed one DS-3500 on either end of the table to ensure no voice or comment would be missed.

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It wasn’t. Thanks to the DS-3500’s speech-optimized, independently housed microphone, voices were captured flawlessly.

“One resident spoke very low and soft,” said Hansen, “so that was something I was concerned about – were we going to be able to pick up what she said? It turned out not to be an issue; I was able to decipher everything. [The DS-3500] picked up everything really well, even with a room air conditioner running.”

While Hansen’s team didn’t use the security features of the DS-3500, she said she could appreciate the option of device password protection and DSS Pro real-time 128- and 256-bit file encryption. In addition, Olympus Professional Dictation equipment is compliant with HIPAA and other privacy regulations.

“As a researcher, protecting data is very important to me,” said Hansen. “Because we conducted the groups on-campus and imported information to our system right away, we didn’t need to use the security features.”

Something else that Hansen considered a benefit? The light indicating that the device was operating in recording mode.

“It seems silly, but it was nice to be able to glance at the device during a focus group to make sure it was still recording. Not every recording device has that,” she said.

In addition, Hansen said it was helpful that the DS-3500 was easy to operate. “All I had to do was flip a switch to turn it on, push a button, and check to see that the light was glowing,” she said. With a limited amount of time to get through the list of focus group questions, Hansen appreciated the device’s reliability and quick start up.

The result? Hours of usable data that Hansen and her colleagues will analyze for clues about how to improve the education of LVHN family medicine residents and the care they provide to residents in the Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac finally arrives.

It has been a long and rocky road for healthcare practitioners wishing to use speech recognition in a Mac OS environment.

Since it's acquisition of MacSpeech over three years ago, Nuance had essentially let MacSpeech Medical languish in the land of forgotten software, as technology and user expectations moved full steam ahead.

The wait, as they say, is over.




Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac has just been released and is in stock.  Based upon the speech recognition engine perfected in Dragon Dictate 3, the Medical version is fully developed for the healthcare industry.

Some Highlights from our site:

  • Up to 99% accuracy right out of the box.  Spend less time editing and training than any previous version of Mac compatible speech recognition.
  • Achieve higher levels of reimbursement along with more complete and accurate documentation.
  • Improve coding effectiveness to reduce time spent on documentation and increase profitability.
  • Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac includes more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, ensuring proper clinical documentation.
  • Dragon Dictate Medical allows you to dictate directly into an EMR, or text editing document (Word, Pages, etc.), or transcribe digitally recorded voice files from your dictation device.
  • Speak with a foreign accent?    Dragon fully supports regional accents without a loss in accuracy.
  • Supports HIPAA confidentiality requirements.
For more information, visit us at www.AmericanDictation.com or call 1-866-408-1383.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why the younger generation should learn to dictate.

We hear it all the time from our younger customers when it comes to digital dictation- "I just type everything myself- it's quicker". 

As technology has entered the mainstream, with nearly every household having one or more computing device, young business professionals, attorneys and physicians are far more comfortable in front of a keyboard than ever before.  The result has been a reluctance to learn how to dictate and delegate.

In realtiy, most people have rudimentary typing skills and would greatly benefit by delegating document creation to the medical transcriptionist or legal secretary.  If you bill more per hour than you pay your typist, it is a mathematical fact that delgating will increase profit.  I have yet to see the firm or practice where that is not the case.

As we implement technology into firms and medical practices, often we start with the more experienced employees who have spent years dictating with cassette based technology.  Once the system is in place and the user is comfortable, we begin to add productivity tools, such as remote FTP file transfer and speech recognition such as Dragon Legal, or Dragon Medical.

Without fail, all users and colleagues are amazed when they see words spoken into a voice recorder, such s the Philips DPM-8000, sent automatically to a remote location, and arrive typed and ready for a quick edit.  This usually results in the whole firm or practice converting to digital technology in a hurry.

All businesses today are faced with administrative challenges that can quickly take a busy attorney or doctor away from what they were trained to do.  After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on post secondary education, why would a new graduate want to spend time typing documents or clinical notes?

Setting up a digital solution is not only quick and painless, it is very inexpensive when compared to the immediate gains in productivity.

We are always available for a quick chat about the newest technology, and how it will fit into your daily workflow.  Remember, just like you - we are experts in our field.

Call us at 1-866-408-1383, or visit us at www.AmericanDictation.com.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Nuance Healthcare Announces Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2

Today Nuance announces the availability of the latest version of its industry leading medical speech recognition software, Dragon Medical Practice 2.

The new version boats a 22% increase in accuracy over the previous version, Dragon Medical Practice Edition.  In addition to the out of the box accuracy improvement, the latest version will allow the user to use their iPhone or Android device as a microphone, is Windows 8 compatible, and has 90 medical specialty vocabularies, which is an increase from just over 60 specialties for the previous version.

With over 180,000 physicians currently using Dragon Medical, speech recognition has hit it's stride as an everyday productivity tool to ease the transition into Electronic Medical Records.  With practitioners ability to driectly dictate into most EHR systems comes not only productivity gains on the patient record creation, but also a simpler adoption of EHR technology as a whole.

For more information about Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2, contact American Dictation Corp. an Dragon Medcial Advantage partner with years of experience in training and support of the product.



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Experts agree that the future lies in speech recognition technology

Speech recognition technology has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, and today, many devices are more capable than ever of picking up on the nuances of human speech. As they look ahead to the future, many experts agree that the future of information systems lies in our ability to perfect our speech recognition technology.

"Speech is another part of the accessibility and ubiquity story of being able to input information on any device," Google Research Scientist Vincent Vanhoucke told Mashable. Vanhoucke argued that though speech will never fully substitute touchscreens and keyboards, it is the obvious solution for those who need to connect to their information while they're driving or on the go.

Google is one of many companies that have perfected speech recognition software to allow for complex functions such as texting, calling and producing error-free dictation records, freeing hands of the need to type and edit.

To learn more about how speech recognition software can lighten your workload, visit AmericanDictation.com.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Philips Announces New DPM -8000 Digital Dictation Device

Philips today announced the release of the LFH-8000 Digital Dictation recorder.



The newest recorder from Philips is at the cutting edge of voice recording technology, boasting breakthrough 3D microphone technology to deliver the best audio reproduction regardless of setting.  The recorder can be set to dictation mode, using an extremely high quality directional microphone, perfectly suited to speech recognition integration, or to conference, using omni-directional (360 degree) recording.

The full color screen has the highest resolution of any available dictation machine, and has the unique ability to switch views to "classic mode" which perfectly mirrors analog tape recorders that many users still love for their simplicity.  If you have been reluctant to make the switch from micro-cassette, hesitate no more!

The durable brushed stainless steel finish is sure to be the envy of the courtroom or hospital, while the asymmetrical design is ergonomically close to perfection.

The Philips DPM 8000 includes a docking cradle, rechargeable battery and the latest version of the Philips SpeechExec Pro software for dictation workflow management.

As always, American Dictation provides free remote installation and lifetime technical service to all of our customers.  Call us today at 1-866-408-1383 for free advise, or additional information.


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