A recent nonscientific Diagnostic Imaging poll revealed a divided community when it comes to voice recognition software. Half of respondents said they use the tool, and that it speeds turnaround time and provides accurate reports. Twenty-nine percent said that although they use it, they find it hard to use and not as accurate. And 21 percent said they don't use it at all, saying it's cumbersome and doesn't fit into the workflow.
Indeed it depends on the facility and the software, and there are plenty of success stories out there. Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Shawn Putman and Jessica Roberts at Muskogee Regional Medical Center in Oklahoma, where they are using voice recognition software and seeing the benefits.