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King Fahd University Hospital gets Nuance voice solution

Nuance voice recognition system will enable clinical staff to update notes and records with voice

King Fahd University Hospital gets Nuance voice solution
The Nuance solution is being deployed by local partner Emerging Technologies.

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd University Hospital is to implement Nuance voice recognition system which will allow health workers to enter medical notes through voice.

All 550-plus clinicians will use the Nuance Healthcare Dragon Medical 360 | Network Edition speech recognition solution as part of a drive to link all aspects of hospital IT with their electronic medical records (EMR) platform. It is the firs such deployment in the region.

The King Fahd University Hospital in Khobar, uses both a bespoke computerized clinical and separate bespoke administrative system to support patient care, and the voice recognition will be integrated

Local partner Emerging Technologies is carrying out the training, deployment and support for the project, and is working closely with QuadraMed, the provider of King Fahd's hospital information system (HIS).

Dragon Medical will be deployed in one single, coordinated rollout, making use of a ‘train the trainer' approach to ensure rapid adoption. The project is expected to take place within an eight week time-frame.

"We are very excited about the possibilities Dragon Medical offers our users," said Dr Turki Gasim, Medical Informatics Director at the institution.

"The delivery of this first site licence version installation of Dragon Medical in the Middle East offers great security of service and support for King Fahd," added Sassine Mazraani, CEO of Emerging Technologies. "We are also very excited to work with the Hospital in enhancing healthcare decision making, diagnostic reliability and treatment outcomes via this mature and proven platform."

"This use of Dragon Medical in such a major Middle Eastern hospital context is a milestone for us, and patients and doctors," said Nuance Healthcare's Middle East sales director, Lincoln Payne. "It shows both the commitment of the Kind Fahd Hospital and the University of Damman to innovation and the creation of a fully digital patient environment, as well as the power of speech recognition in more aspects of the patient journey in modern IT-enabled healthcare."

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