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October 11, 2012

Cerner to Embed Nuance Voice Technology into Mobile Healthcare Records Solution

While most of us were first introduced to voice recognition technology through the interactive voice response (IVR) unit – as in, “press or say ‘one’ to speak to a representative” –  voice technology has now found its way into nearly every corner of business, industry and consumer applications.

The healthcare industry, in particular, has been a strong beneficiary of speech.

Cerner and Nuance Communications, Inc. this week announced that it has expanded its relationship to accelerate the adoption of simpler, faster and smarter healthcare solutions for clinicians worldwide.

Cerner Corporation is an international healthcare information technology corporation that specializes in providing complete systems for hospitals and other medical organizations to manage and integrate all electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry (CPOE), and financial information. 

Nuance, of course, is one of the world’s pioneers of speech recognition technology, and is behind much of Apple’s voice-driven processes – including personal assistant Siri.

Under a new worldwide agreement, Cerner will embed Nuance's cloud-based medical voice recognition into its full portfolio of mobile EHR solutions – including PowerChart Touch, which was announced at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in February.

This integration will create a new class of mobile healthcare solutions on phones and tablets that enable clinicians to capture more complete patient notes, navigate applications and search for information while on-the-go – simply by using their voice.

“The expansion of our partnership with Nuance, a company that offers voice and clinical understanding solutions used by 450,000 clinicians worldwide, exemplifies our commitment to provide state-of-the-art solutions to customers across the globe,” said Don Bisbee, senior vice president of DeviceWorks at Cerner, in a statement announcing the partnership. “By incorporating Nuance's voice recognition capabilities into our core clinical applications including our latest mobile solution, PowerChart Touch, we are able to provide the healthcare industry with a simple, fast method of capturing complex medical information within the patient record at the point-of-care.”  

Edited by Braden Becker

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