IBM Speech recognition program 
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 IBM Speech recognition program

Hi,

  I was wondering if anyone had heard anything about IBM's MedSpeak
radiology program? It's supposedly a continuous speech voice
recognition product, and I'd be curious as to any experiences with
it.

TIA.
-Todd

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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

Just reviewed a cd demo of IBM Voice dictation 3.0 Looks promising. You
might want to  visit their website
http://www.software.ibm.com/workgroup/voicetyp



Quote:
> Hi,

>   I was wondering if anyone had heard anything about IBM's MedSpeak
> radiology program? It's supposedly a continuous speech voice
> recognition product, and I'd be curious as to any experiences with
> it.

> TIA.
> -Todd

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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

Quote:

> I was wondering if anyone had heard anything about IBM's MedSpeak
> radiology program? It's supposedly a continuous speech voice
> recognition product, and I'd be curious as to any experiences with
> it.

Had a demo of it yesterday at a radiology refesher course in Dallas;
dictated "cold" into it (no training for my voice), and blew through two
made-up-as-I-went dictations, as quickly as I typically dictate, with
only one error... I said (or did I mumble ?) "scintigraphic", and it
transcribed "sonographic". I retried, more clearly, and it got it
correct.

VERY impressive !

pb



Wed, 14 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

IBM MedSpeak / Radiology is  a continuous speech recognition product
which has been available Since September of this year.  With this
program the pauses, required with previous versions of speech
recognition, are no longer needed.

The program is able to be integrated into most radiology information or
hosptital information systems.

More information can be found at:
http://www.voicerecognition.com/ibm/medspeak_radiology_home.html

Hope this helps.

Eric

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Wed, 14 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program


 "Writing about the new MedSpeak/Radiology continuous speech recognition
program"

Quote:

>Had a demo of it yesterday at a radiology refesher course in Dallas;
>dictated "cold" into it (no training for my voice), and blew through two
>made-up-as-I-went dictations, as quickly as I typically dictate, with
>only one error... I said (or did I mumble ?) "scintigraphic", and it
>transcribed "sonographic". I retried, more clearly, and it got it
>correct.

>VERY impressive !

As a vendor of the MedSpeak/ Radiology program, I wanted to let you know
that you could contact my company for additional information or call IBM
for a referral to a reseller.

John Marting, Human Systems Analysts
(404) 746-5164

or IBM VoiceType (you need to ask for info on MedSpeak)
1-800-Talk-2-Me

FYI - This program lets you dictate radiology notes at full speed, without
pausing to help the computer understand.  It is highly accurate and links
with your exisiting HIS or RIS.  Support for bar coding, security
features, etc are built in.



Fri, 16 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

Quote:


>Subject: Re: IBM Speech recognition program
>Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 20:59:54 -0500

>> I was wondering if anyone had heard anything about IBM's MedSpeak
>> radiology program? It's supposedly a continuous speech voice
>> recognition product, and I'd be curious as to any experiences with
>> it.

>Had a demo of it yesterday at a radiology refesher course in Dallas;
>dictated "cold" into it (no training for my voice), and blew through two
>made-up-as-I-went dictations, as quickly as I typically dictate, with
>only one error... I said (or did I mumble ?) "scintigraphic", and it
>transcribed "sonographic". I retried, more clearly, and it got it
>correct.
>VERY impressive !
>pb

On which machine did it run and on which operating system? Price

Reinhard
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Fri, 16 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

I've been watching speech recognition technology since 1982.  There have been
some interesting advances, but MedSpeak is surely the first quantum leap.  For
North American accents, it is over 90% accurate out of the box.  After a 12-15 minute
enrollment and some early use, this increases to 98-99%.  There is no need to pause
between words, and its accuracy seems to be optimized the faster you dictate!
Dictators with strong accents will typically have a lousy experience out of the box.  
IBM recommends a 30-minute enrollment for these speakers, which results in 90%+ accuracy.

The recognition takes place in real time:  the report is completed on the screen
within a few seconds after you've finished dictating.  This model -- which allows
immediate (and true) authentication, resulting in an instantly available final report --
is preferable to the speech recognition approach which recognizes offline and sends
the voice and text to a "correctionist" for editing.  MedSpeak comes with an HL7
interface to link with radiology information systems.  

Anyone who is going to the RSNA should definitely stop by the IBM booth.  
Additional information can also be provided by online resellers.

Joe Weber (of Narratek, authorized MedSpeak reseller)

Quote:

>  IBM MedSpeak / Radiology is  a continuous speech recognition product
>  which has been available Since September of this year.  With this
>  program the pauses, required with previous versions of speech
>  recognition, are no longer needed.



Sat, 24 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

  What the poster does not say, is that to get this performance, IBM
is using some very high end hardware. I don't recall exactly, but I believe the
cost of the system is over $10K US.

Quote:

>I've been watching speech recognition technology since 1982.  There have been
>some interesting advances, but MedSpeak is surely the first quantum leap.  For
>North American accents, it is over 90% accurate out of the box.  After a 12-15 minute
>enrollment and some early use, this increases to 98-99%.  There is no need to pause
>between words, and its accuracy seems to be optimized the faster you dictate!
>Dictators with strong accents will typically have a lousy experience out of the box.  
>IBM recommends a 30-minute enrollment for these speakers, which results in 90%+ accuracy.

>The recognition takes place in real time:  the report is completed on the screen
>within a few seconds after you've finished dictating.  This model -- which allows
>immediate (and true) authentication, resulting in an instantly available final report --
>is preferable to the speech recognition approach which recognizes offline and sends
>the voice and text to a "correctionist" for editing.  MedSpeak comes with an HL7
>interface to link with radiology information systems.  

>Anyone who is going to the RSNA should definitely stop by the IBM booth.  
>Additional information can also be provided by online resellers.

>Joe Weber (of Narratek, authorized MedSpeak reseller)


>>  IBM MedSpeak / Radiology is  a continuous speech recognition product
>>  which has been available Since September of this year.  With this
>>  program the pauses, required with previous versions of speech
>>  recognition, are no longer needed.



Fri, 30 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

LANGER STEVEN C wrote (regarding the IBM MedSpeak product):

Quote:

> What the poster does not say, is that to get this performance, IBM
> is using some very high end hardware. I don't recall exactly, but I believe the
> cost of the system is over $10K US.

That's hardware + software, approximately.

And last year that hardware would have been 20K, and next year it will
be 3K, and you couldn't (and won't) be able to get a comparable
transcriptionist for anywhere near that price.

It is probably not (yet) perfect, but if you need something like it, you
need it desperately; now you can get it.

pwb

(no relation to the product)



Fri, 30 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

MedSpeak/Radiology requires a Pentium Pro 200.  This high-end PC costs about $3500.
MedSpeak software and microphone cost another $4500.  By the time you add
on installation, training, and interfaces, IBM estimates $12-15,000 per workstation.
This one-time cost must be compared to the ongoing expense of transcription.
However, I would assert that the major payoff is to have a final, signed report
within a minute or two after the dictation is completed.  Not only is this report
immediately available, but the electronic signature is a true authentication --
because the study has not been forgotten by the dictating radiologist, as is
typically the case a day after the dictation (when the transcribed report is
available for review).  

Of course, these benefits will be valued differently by different folks.  Any
radiologist who pays for his/her own transcriptionists, wants to increase
referrals by providing a higher level of service, or just cares a lot about
generating accurate reports as quickly as possible, will be most attracted to
MedSpeak.

Joe Weber (of Narratek)

Quote:

>    What the poster does not say, is that to get this performance, IBM
>  is using some very high end hardware. I don't recall exactly, but I believe the
>  cost of the system is over $10K US.
>  >I've been watching speech recognition technology since 1982.  There have been
>  >some interesting advances, but MedSpeak is surely the first quantum leap.  For
>  >North American accents, it is over 90% accurate out of the box.  After a 12-15 minute
>  >enrollment and some early use, this increases to 98-99%.  There is no need to pause
>  >between words, and its accuracy seems to be optimized the faster you dictate!



Sat, 01 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

  The advantages described by previous posters (having a finished
report within a minute or so, laying off a transcriptionist) are not
unique to IBM's MedSpeak, but the continuous speech capability is.

 However, if one can tolerate discrete speech, many solutions are available
at considerably less cost, and will run on the PC that many
radiologists probably already own. Among these are:

1. Kurzweil Voice
2. Dragon Dictate
3. IBM's Voice Type

 All of these are availble for under $2000 (as opposed to the $12-15K
for a complete MedSpeak system). A very good review of these systems
can be found in the September 1996 Computer Shopper.

 Just trying to help folks make a _fully_ informed decision.

Steve Langer



Sat, 01 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program


Quote:
>  The advantages described by previous posters (having a finished
>report within a minute or so, laying off a transcriptionist) are not
>unique to IBM's MedSpeak, but the continuous speech capability is.

> However, if one can tolerate discrete speech, many solutions are available
>at considerably less cost, and will run on the PC that many
>radiologists probably already own. Among these are:

>1. Kurzweil Voice
>2. Dragon Dictate
>3. IBM's Voice Type

> All of these are availble for under $2000 (as opposed to the $12-15K
>for a complete MedSpeak system). A very good review of these systems
>can be found in the September 1996 Computer Shopper.

> Just trying to help folks make a _fully_ informed decision.

>Steve Langer

  IBM's Voice Type is included free in the new release of OS/2
4.0. An additional radiology specific vocabulary module costs
under $400. System requirements: Pentium 100mhz 32 mb of
ram and about 200 mb of free disk space.  I currently use
OS/2 version 4.0 (code named Merlin). It is extremely stable
and the voice recognition and navigation capabilities are
light years ahead of Kurzweil and Dragon. There is just no
comparison.


Sun, 02 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program



Quote:

> All of these are availble for under $2000 (as opposed to the $12-15K
>for a complete MedSpeak system). A very good review of these systems
>can be found in the September 1996 Computer Shopper.

Very good point.  I have sold a lot of VoiceType (discrete speech
recognition) over the last few years and will continue to sell it.
However, I also have sold a lot of MedSpeak/Radiology in the last six
weeks.  The difference is clear.

MedSpeak is mainstream replacement for transcription.  It is not a niche
problem solver, but an improved way of doing business for mainstream
radiology.  

When I demonstrate immediate transcription of radiology notes at the full
dictation speed of a radiologist, people are e{*filter*}d.  When I show them
how it costs less money than their manual transcription (yes at $15,000 a
station) and how they will end up with a more accurate corrected note and
don't have the administrative headaches, we start writing it up.

John Marting, Human Systems Analysts
An IBM trained MedSpeak/Radiology Vender
(404) 746-5164  -  In Atlanta, GA



Sun, 02 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program



Quote:
>  The advantages described by previous posters (having a finished
>report within a minute or so, laying off a transcriptionist) are not
>unique to IBM's MedSpeak, but the continuous speech capability is.

I`ve just completed a morning`s film reporting with continuous speech on
a Philips system, networked with our RMS.  There are presumably lots
more systems available. Most of them will be exhibiting at the coming
RSNA meeting.

Regardless of the technology, approximately 20 to 30% of our needs can
be met by the use of a standard normal or common abnormal ( degenerative
processes ) reports which are appropriate to the examination type.
Central Middlesex Trust, London, England is a District General Hospital
and not a secondary referral center, so this figure will vary with other
institutions. One key press is a lot quicker than speaking, if the
examination is truely normal.  Given Health Service salaries, we cannot
recruit enough skilled secretarial help with the required medical
vocabulary, unfortunately.
--
Ian Maddison



Mon, 03 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 IBM Speech recognition program

Ian Maddison wrote

Quote:
>I`ve just completed a morning`s film reporting with continuous speech on
>a Philips system, networked with our RMS.  There are presumably lots
>more systems available. Most of them will be exhibiting at the coming
>RSNA meeting.

 I stand corrected.

Quote:
>Regardless of the technology, approximately 20 to 30% of our needs can
>be met by the use of a standard normal or common abnormal ( degenerative
>processes ) reports which are appropriate to the examination type.
>Central Middlesex Trust, London, England is a District General Hospital
>and not a secondary referral center, so this figure will vary with other
>institutions. One key press is a lot quicker than speaking, if the

>--
>Ian Maddison

 One can define voice macros on the IBM, Dragon and Kurzweil
systems to duplicate the one-keypress concept.


Tue, 04 May 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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