New voice recognition technology for provincial radiology departments

March 31, 2017

This spring, radiologists will start using a standard voice recognition technology called PowerScribe 360 to dictate, edit and approve diagnostic reports in one easy step. Reports then go into a patient’s electronic health record in much less time. For providers, having the right information as quickly as possible means better patient care.

Using PowerScribe 360 and other existing systems, dictations won’t need to be sent away to be transcribed. It also means radiologists won’t have to re-check transcribed reports to ensure they reflect what was dictated. Often there can be a lag time of days in between those steps. As a result, physicians will have quicker access to radiology reports of patients, enabling them to deliver better patient care.

“We are thrilled to be bringing in this technology in collaboration with the radiology community and right now we are working closely with our partners on the implementation effort,” said project sponsor Kendell Arndt.

A standard system is brand new to Saskatchewan. It requires a collaborative, big-picture approach.

“We are fortunate to have such engaged sponsors, leaders and radiologists across the province,” said Jackie Rorquist, medical imaging lead for provincial transcription services. “It would be difficult to be successful in a change of this magnitude without these strong partnerships.”

The technology will be rolled out across the province between April 24 and June 12.


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