As antiquated processes are made more efficient and precise through cutting-edge techniques, costly operations that were once necessary become a thing of the past. Consequently, many of the outdated and inefficient tasks undertaken by in-house employees are being replaced by intuitive software and automation.
This appears to be what's happened at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a non-profit academic medical center in Burlington, Vermont. According to an article by HealthcareITnews.com, "new speech-recognition software, which transcribes recorded dictation, such that it only requires editing, was introduced in the fall of 2009. With this new software, the transcription department can produce more lines of dictation in less time with fewer people."
In recent years, digital transcription and dictation technologies have come a long way. As speech recognition algorithms become more accurate, businesses outside of the healthcare industry - such as law firms, news agencies and private corporations - are also taking advantage of the myriad benefits offered by computerized dictation and transcription.
Regardless of the industry in which it is utilized, the potential for improved speed and quality paired with the financial savings generated by a reduced workforce make speech recognition and digital dictation technology a highly desirable business tool.