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ZyDoc(R) Speech Recognition Modules Widely Disseminated Though Medical Industry


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2004 HIMSS Conference, ZyDoc announced evidence confirming the impending widespread adoption of speech recognition in the medical industry incorporating ZyDoc specialty specific vocabularies. Multiple

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2004 HIMSS Conference, ZyDoc announced evidence confirming the impending widespread adoption of speech recognition in the medical industry incorporating ZyDoc specialty specific vocabularies. Multiple vendors are now delivering speech recognition applications offering highly accurate ZyDoc continuous speech recognition modules for medical documentation.

James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of ZyDoc described the history of speech recognition in the medical industry, "In 1994, ZyDoc released one of the first Windows based multimedia medical record systems for beta testing. Although fulfilling most of the recommendations of the Institute for Medicine for CPRs, we identified the data entry bottleneck that the industry still faces today. ZyDoc selected speech recognition as the technology that would allow doctors to document medical encounters quickly with little change in work habits and began developing language modeling initially with Philips Speech Processing and then independently."

Although ZyDoc released speech recognition language models, contexts and vocabularies with breakthrough accuracy in multiple medical specialties in 1998, adoption in the industry was slow. ZyDoc was recognized with awards from the computer industry in 1999 and endorsed and bundled by Dragon Systems with their NaturallySpeaking Medical in 2000. Subsequently, the industry began to recognize that highly accurate speech recognition required specialized language models and vocabularies in addition to the generic speech recognition engines. However, this was only a component of the systems needed by physicians. Speech recognition required applications to allow management of the text output.

The tumultuous shakeout in the speech recognition industry impeded development of speech driven medical applications until 2001 when ZyDoc licensed its Speech Medical Vocabularies to Talk Technology and other vendors. The Talk Technology application, TalkStation, achieved highly accurate speech recognition using the ZyDoc language vocabularies. It received immediate physician acceptance with installation of over 2500 workstations in Radiology alone and was recognized by Klaus Enterprises as the leading speech recognition vendor. ZyDoc now offers its own third generation, multimodal speech application for report generation, SpeechDoc EMR 3.0.

Widespread dissemination of speech recognition applications is now taking place in the industry largely due to the highly accurate ZyDoc language models or vocabularies inside of speech recognition applications. Significantly, Talk Technology, a subsidiary of Agfa-Gevaert Group, has now extended the breadth of speech recognition applications incorporating the ZyDoc speech vocabularies in cardiology and emergency medicine in its TalkStation Cardiology and EM (emergency medicine) applications. To accelerate implementation, Agfa enlisted several healthcare IT vendors as partners, including Cerner Corp, IDX Systems Corp, GE Medical Systems, Siemens Medical Solutions and MedQuist.

According to Dr. Maisel, "The real acceptance of the technology is now marked by the adoption of speech recognition by the transcription industry using the ZyDoc software. Our experience with hundreds of physicians in multiple specialties identified many issues other than accuracy and applications that were impeding adoption of the technology. To further accelerate industry usage, ZyDoc has subsequently released vocabulary upgrades, and offers its own turnkey speech recognition SpeechDoc application bundled on Dell and Toshiba workstations. ZyDoc also has an integration program helping EMR companies embed the speech recognition technology, Web- based training, a strong reseller channel and low technology solutions for non-technical doctors."

"We are pleased to offer our most significant upgrades to current users of the Version 5 language models currently used in the industry," Dr. Maisel announced. These medical specialty speech vocabularies and topics are now available for Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 7.0 and IBM ViaVoice 10. The upgrades are quite significant due to the updated terminology based upon enormous amounts of real life data available from the transcription arm of our company. The technology offers such accurate recognition that dictation errors usually exceed any speech recognition errors. The bigram and trigram models incorporate AAMT preferred style of terminology expression, eliminate most contextual errors and include the latest medications, equipment, procedures and medical terminology by specialty. Even modest improvements for physicians from 97% to 98% accuracy mean 33% fewer corrections for physicians and large productivity gains."

Unique in the industry, ZyDoc offers dictation based solutions that allow immediate adoption of electronic documentation by 100% of physicians according to their PC expertise. For PC novices and those doctors who prefer no change in work habits, ZyDoc suggests ZipDoc(TM), a user friendly, e-Transcription service using toll free telephone and handheld devices replacing legacy dictation systems with award winning business productivity software. PC literate physicians can further benefit from the award-winning, front-end ZyDoc SpeechDoc(TM) speech recognition workstations for immediate reporting.

Regardless of documentation methods, completed records and dictations are accessible using an Internet browser with the secure TrackDoc(TM) web-based Chart Management System and can be made accessible in RIS and PAC systems. In addition, reports, dictations or images can also automatically be distributed, filed, heard, viewed or printed at the referring physician's workstation. These applications are automated, transparent and utilize 256 bit RC6 encryption with the ZyDoc ShareDoc(TM), CHIN and ZipIT(TM) applications. ZyDoc completes the value chain of documentation through report distribution for the physician simply and functionally. The ZyDoc award winning applications generate professional documentation faster and more economically than other methods and improve productivity and outcomes.

Pricing, Training and Availability

Immediately available, ZyDoc's ZipDoc e-Transcription solutions start at $399/month for 2500 lines of dictation including TrackDoc Internet based records hosted in secure world class facilities. The ZyDoc Automated Electronic Healthcare Record Solutions Bundle is also available on turnkey Dell workstations and Toshiba Portege(R) M200 Tablet PCs as part of the Toshiba Mobile Productivity Solutions starting at $6395. The Toshiba Magnia Z310 wireless server preloaded with ZyDoc software starts at $7525. Physicians using current speech recognition programs can contact ZyDoc directly to inquire if they are eligible for free or discounted upgrades to V7 ZyDoc vocabularies. These are available on a stand-alone basis or bundled with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 7.0 and start at $295/user. Multimedia demonstrations, training and support are provided on a weekly basis via the Internet at http://www.zydoc.webex.com/ and through an extensive network of nationwide Tec Data, Toshiba and qualified integrators. For more information on ZyDoc Electronic Healthcare Documentation Solutions visit http://www.zydoc.com/ or send an email to documentation@ZyDoc.com.

About ZyDoc.com Corporation

ZyDoc is a transcription service and software development company that provides automated electronic health record documentation and infrastructure solutions. These are used by physicians, transcriptionists and other healthcare professionals to produce, organize, and distribute multispecialty patient electronic medical records (EMR). ZyDoc solves the data entry bottleneck, PC illiteracy, implementation and cost issues plaguing other EMR and transcription companies by using transparent embedded technology leveraging front and back-end speech recognition, workflow enhancements and the Internet. ZyDoc is a development partner with SUNY Computer Sciences at Stony Brook, a ScanSoft platinum dealer, and an IBM Speech Premier Business Partner.

ZyDoc(R) is a registered trademark of ZyDoc.com Corporation. Magnia and Portege are registered trademarks of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Information in press releases, including without limitation product prices, specifications, content of services, and contact information, is current on the date of the press announcement, but is subject to change without notice.


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