Speech Recognition Technology and Medical Transcription Services

:An Overview:

Speech is now not confined solely to the human race, or even living beings on a broader perspective. It has extended to the World of Technology; specifically Computers and Software. Speech Recognition Technology [SRT], little known until recent times, is an area that has been constantly growing over the years. SRT has opened new windows of panoramic dimensions to human kind.

Speech Recognition Technology – Defined:

A technology wherein a machine or program identifies spoken words and phrases and converts them to readable format. In more simpler terms, voice/speech is converted to text format.

The Beginning:

Speech Recognition Technology, as we know it today, did not just bloom overnight. It is the work of over 30 years. The very first implementation of Speech Recognition was designed and displayed by IBM during the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was called the IBM Shoebox; and typically sized too. This device only recognized spoken digits from 0 to 9. Over the years, Software companies have delved upon the benefits and the profits that can be reaped from developing SRT, and they have come a long way since. Now many noted companies have come up with different versions of this technology, offering various features.
While Speech Recognition has progressed vastly, the downside is that it has been a long and laborious road this far. It calls for training and updating of Software to work flawlessly; and it is currently far from perfect. There is so much more to go before it can be said that SRT is without any imperfections.

Speech Recognition Technology – In Health Care and Medical Transcription:

An area where this technology has caught on to a great extent is the Medical Transcription Industry. Speech Recognition is of two types: Front End and Back End.

  • Front End: As the doctor dictates into the machine, the words are automatically generated and displayed. This text can be edited directly, the report finalized, and signed by the doctor immediately. But there are few Front end users due to time constraints faced by doctors and practitioners.
  • Back End: Also called Delayed or Deferred Speech Recognition. The written draft is generated by the Software and sent to the Medical Transcriptionists for editing and proof reading. This is more convenient for doctors as it requires less time spent reading the proofs.
  • EMR: Speech Recognition can be applied in Electronic Medical Record systems of hospitals, clinics, etc. Searches, queries, and even filling up of forms can be made simpler and faster with voice rather than using the keyboard.

Advantages:

Speech Recognition Technology can be advantageous to both Medical Transcriptionists as well as doctors in a number of ways. A few advantages are:

  • There is not much typing involved as the first draft is generated by the software
  • Requires only editing of the machine-generated text
  • Faster turnaround of reports
  • Saves time in completion of reports
  • Stat reports can be completed and returned quicker than by using the conventional method of typing

Drawbacks:

Being a technology that has not entirely been perfected, SRT has a few drawbacks.

  • It cannot fully distinguish words spoken with heavy accents
  • Homophones (words which sound the same but may have different spellings and meanings) can cause spelling errors
  • Incorrect grammar is bound to occur in the generated texts
  • Punctuation rules are not likely to be followed at all times
  • Multiple speakers cannot be clearly differentiated
  • Background noise and disturbances may cause misspellings

Question of the Hour:

A niggling thought in the minds of many Medical Transcriptionists is whether Speech Recognition Technology poses a threat to their livelihood. This is a baseless fear, keeping in mind the drawbacks of SRT. No report will be complete until a human eye has scanned it. Machine-generated documents can only be 60%-70% error-free. It demands well-trained and professional Medical Transcriptionists to read through and edit the reports. A mistake, even a tiny one, can result in unpleasant situations for many. And one cannot rely on mere machines to do the job 100% without errors. In conclusion, Speech Recognition Technology is certainly one of a kind. While it has not yet reached the peak of perfection, it is still quite an aid to the healthcare industry, specifically Medical Transcription. And there is certainly no danger of software or machines or even technology entirely taking over man’s work; technology is just merely helping out!

Alternative Energy Technologies For the Betterment of Earth

The sources of fossil fuels are decreasing day by day. Also, the burning of fossil fuels causes many harmful effects on the environment. Unfortunately we cannot avoid either of these situations.

The only way out is if we totally get rid of using fossil fuels and use alternatives. There are many alternative energy technologies available which will reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Solar energy is a great alternative for fossil fuels, as the major part of energy comes from the sun’s rays. Windmills also produce energy, which is known as wind power.

A third, but less known type is marine energy, generated with the help of waves and the flow of water.

These three alternative energy technologies are on the top of the list and have so much potential in the future. There are many other alternatives available but those are still not in general use.

Solar, wind and marine powers are the natural resources that can generate huge amounts of energy.

Solar Energy:

These days solar energy is the top alternative energy technology and is utilized the most.

Although for many years people have been aware of the fact that the sun can generate electricity, due to the inexpensiveness and the abundance of fossil fuels, they happen to be more popular and usable.

By utilizing the sun rays with the help of the latest technologies, we can generate incredible amounts of energy. All over the world, people use solar energy to warm up water, to bathe and heat pools.

Solar energy is a natural source of energy that provides us with hot water and electricity. Also it is an inexpensive way to get energy.

Installing this technology now is a good idea as solar collectors will become more costly in the future with increases in electricity prices as fossil fuels become more scarce.

The most beneficial aspect of alternative energy technologies is they are not only harmless for the environment but also are sustainable. As long as sun is there, solar power will be there.

Wind Energy:

An additional and proven alternative energy technology is wind power. Windmills have been in use for many years for crushing grains and pumping water. These were used to generate energy in the European countries during the late 1800s.

A lot of researchers agree that wind power is among the best alternatives for energy. All over the world there are many wind farms that use alternative technologies for generation of energy.

Wind technology works with the help of a rotor to which three blades are attached. As the wind blows, these three blades start spinning the rotor. Eventually this results in the generation of energy.

This is a very simple method to understand. In making use of this technology, wind is the most important factor.

In many parts of world there is not enough wind. But this alternative technology can be utilized in places like Wales in the UK and in North Dakota in the US as well as off-shore in the oceans.

Marine Energy:

Research is ongoing in the use of marine power as an alternative energy technology. However, more research is needed to completely understand this technology before recommending it as an alternative energy solution.

Like solar and wind energies, marine energy will take some time to gain acceptance as a reliable alternative energy technology.

Technology Implementation in Business and Life and How Important It Is

Technology is the buzz word today. Almost everything we do, use, or consume is processed through some kind of technology. Computers and Internet has changed the face of modern society. Still there are people who are resistant to get themselves adapted, to latest technologies. They are so much involved into the affairs of their business, that they feel getting updated with technical stuff is not going to help them anyways. They feel it is a waste of time. I Am going to share a real life story to highlight, why it is so significant to cope with technology in the modern society.

My father has a trading business, which is doing good. However couple of years back all his accounting and office work was done 100% manually. He was comfortable with it as he was simply unaware of the magic of computers. He was also resistant to get systems and learn them, as he found to it be a waste of time and money.

When I stepped in, I realised that the work for which my father and other employee’s were investing their day and night, is actually not more than couple of hours work with the help of computers. I somehow convinced him to get me some IT stuff like laptops, printers, scanners and specially Internet in the office premises. He was reluctant but I had to hold on to my demands. When I got them a year passed by with no significant implementation of IT in the office. But I learnt lot about how things work in real life and in software applications.

Slowly but steadily I started to automate the office tasks. I automated accounting. After a lot of issues and reluctance from employees, things started to appear in perspective. Almost 80% of the accounting work was simply eliminated. There was no need to manually reconcile financial statements, no balance sheet preparation or different types reports. We dropped one of the employees as accounting became a piece of cake. We started saving hundreds of dollars right from the start. My father became so much relaxed which he never thought he would. He Could now work on more important things in life. Slowly he automated all other aspects such as attendance management, payroll etc. Couple of months later the profits were all time high and there was very less work to do in the Offtime. Now when he looks into the past, it seems unimaginable for him to work the way he used to. He is now a successful entrepreneur with good health. His working hours are 10 to 7 and takes off whenever he feels he needs one, which is very good considering he is a sole proprietor of the firm.

Implementing technology may seem a costly affair and will attract reluctance from the employees. However if successfully implemented technology can turn your firm around and bring out the true potential of your business.

From business to home, from daily life issues to entertainment, technology has a tremendous potential. However first one needs to invest time, to understand things and then use technology effectively for a better and more comfortable life.

Technology and Skills – Utilizing Modern Tools for Our Own and Our Children’s Benefit

If we are to climb the mountain we should be aware of technology, developing the necessary skills – when appropriate – to utilize it in order expedite and make our journey more comfortable. To ignore technology is not wise, to depend on it, however, is foolish. If we ignore it we may miss something that could be helpful. If we depend on it, we believe that the source of our power, our abilities, lies without, not within. No amount of technology and skill can get us up the mountain if our own willingness, intelligence, and wisdom are lacking. If we don’t want to climb that mountain, don’t have faith in our abilities, it won’t happen.

Some people get involved with technology, with the products and information of technology, when it is not related to an express purpose, to a mountain they wish to climb. They may look endlessly at tents even though they already have a tent. They may buy another tent because they enjoy having a collection of tents. They are spending their time and resources in ways that do not support their journey up the mountain. They are gaining satisfaction from possessions rather than the journey. Perhaps focusing on technology and its products may be a way of avoiding the journey.

Part of attaining wisdom is deciding how much is too much. When we acquire and bring along too many gizmos and gadgets when we climb mountains, we may not be able to support the extra weight and stress caused by these products of technology. We will tire easily and become strained; our available energies become focused on maintaining and supporting this unnecessary weight rather than the challenges and demands of our journey. Our progress becomes measurably slowed and our ability to scale the mountain is jeopardized.

Some people may look to technology and skills as the means to achieve their happiness. Our institutions may support this, as some are “workplace” oriented rather than “lifeplace” oriented. Our educational institutions may support and perpetuate the myth that our happiness and fulfillment depend on our careers and skills – technology and related information – rather than our relationships, meaning, and who we are and become.

If skills are the technology themselves, we should be careful about what we may be getting ourselves into. We need to make sure these skills are in line with who we are and desire to be. We need to make sure that these skills don’t distract our energies, redirecting us from our meaning, our desire to be authentic and loving.

For example, we take a job in sales with a mid-sized company. They send us away to a sales skill seminar for our training and development; they are going to teach us how to make a million dollars a year. As we learn these skills at the seminar, we need to ask ourselves if they support our movement towards authenticity and being loving. Are they asking us to be dishonest in any way? Do they give us the opportunity for our input, for our beliefs? Is their treatment of the employee and customer one that is truly respectful and for their respective benefit? Are they honestly representing the potential opportunity? If the job doesn’t support who we are and want to become, do we believe we could make a million dollars a year?

Perhaps if we are attempting to realize our “gift” – the realization of our passion through the connection of our talents and what is important to us – we can better decide if this job and the associated skills enable us. If it doesn’t resonate with who we are and wish to be, perhaps we should continue to look elsewhere, knowing we create and find what we desire by searching, through perseverance.

As another example, perhaps we are exploring some modern “human potential” technologies or therapies to heal a fear, an addiction, compulsion, or relationship in our lives. These technologies are in fact skills that have – in most cases – been developed and designed in recent years. Being new, they may be faddish, relatively untested and evaluated. Again, before we leap in head first, we need to learn about the skills used and decide if they resonate with what we believe and know, who we are and desire to become.

For example, someone I know has trouble acknowledging and expressing her feelings. A new type of therapy was recommended to her that was confrontational and hostile. The idea being, they would push and push, force her up against a wall if necessary, where she would have no place to go but be forced to deal with and express her feelings. However after a couple of hurtful and painful sessions, she felt that this method was in conflict with her beliefs about how humans should interact, and how she should be treated. She decided they could experiment on someone else; it was not for her.

Whether she was “right” globally is not the issue; perhaps this type of therapy will work for someone else. She made the decision that was right for her at that time; it is the truth as she knows it and that’s all that matters. She will continue her search and find what resonates and works for her.

When we are independent, follow our heart and our convictions, we can decide correctly what technologies and skills will empower us. We help our children make decisions regarding the use of technology and skills by sharing – not imposing – our understanding of technology and skills with them. We encourage them by our example to focus on first attaining authenticity, being loving, and determining meaning, and then wisely using technologies and skills that resonate with and compliment who they are and desire to be in the world.

Modern World Technology – Emerging Trends Are Fun And Profitable

Technology in the modern world of today is nothing less than fantastic. For men, technology brings out the little boy inside that is filled with wonder and excitement. Women have embraced the modern world of technology, faster and to a deeper level than their male counterparts.

Few men are a match for a woman texting on her droid while emailing her year-end reports to the CEO. Few segments of our lives have not been impacted by the viral spread of technology. You can’t walk into a fast food restaurant and place an order or get your change back without observing a PC type unit that handles the order, alerts inventory control, records accounts receivable and accounts payable of impending impacts on the bottom line.

It’s all about emerging technology is a modern world that spreads from sea to sea and recognizes no borders.
Young and old are adopting technology through soon to be obsolete PCs and touch screen automobiles and even refrigerators that keep track of food items for the home’s inventory and grocery ordering module. Let’s look at the rise of the Internet. From its modest beginnings at the mouth of the information technology river to the massively robust communication animal of today, information technology is as commonplace today as yesterday’s hand-held calculator.

Truly the modern world has caused even old-timers to move with the times, albeit at a very basic level. For many people throughout the universe, the Internet has become a melting pot in ways that surpass any limited thinking related to cultures and language barriers. The reality of modern world technology is the Internet is rapidly morphing language and sound and light into a type of universally understood new language.

Visit any country and you will find an Internet cafe, even if you have absolutely no grasp of the local language. Internet technology is just one facet of modern life but one would be deeply challenged to find any other single application of technology that is as widespread and universally accepted. Internet technology is about meeting people.

It’s about sharing information about news and sports and history and entertainment and all cerebral points in between. Let’s say you were in a skiing accident with two serious sprains that required you to stay inside for 30 days. As long as you had access to Internet technology you could handle all of life’s necessities with just the tips of your fingers.

For example, if you need food, you’ll be able to order it on the Internet. If you need someone to stop by to fill your prescriptions and then deliver them back to your door, you can tap out your orders directly to the Internet.

We’re talking, food, drink, meds, companionship, and even medical assistance if you need it. And how about the opposite side of the coin so to speak. Our examples have been mostly individualized toward creature comforts and favorite pastimes.

But how about your entrepreneurial pursuits? For example, wouldn’t it be possible to run a company completely by way of the Internet? Is not Internet technology flexible and adaptable enough to handle the operations of most types of businesses?

It would be unusual for anyone to answer those questions with anything but a resounding YES! Whether your business is washing and polishing cars or baking fine cakes for royalty, if your business is to be profitable for the long term, Internet technology must play a role.

The Impact of Technology on Business Environment and Society!

The tremendous technological growth that we have been experiencing is made possible through extensive programmes of technological research being conducted by many types of researchers working within universities, business, and non-profit research organizations. Technological developments are strong and all pervasive forces of the business environment. Technology is the scientific knowledge to practical problems.

Technology feeds on itself and it affects business in two major ways:

  1. Through its impact on society in general
  2. Through its direct influence on business operations and activities.

Technology affects society. In fact, we feel its effect on our everyday life. It affects economic growth, our standard of living and our culture. However, some of the effects of technology are highly beneficial and some detrimental. One should be careful that these effects on members of the society in turn affect business practices.

Technology affects our everyday life. We are surrounded by so much of technology, that we take it for granted and usually do not realize how much it affects us until we have to do without electricity, water, transport or telephone. Technological developments have raised the standard of living. In spite of inflationary pressure and considerably a high degree of unemployment, generally families eat better, wear a wider variety of clothing, and live in more comfortable homes.

Technology also influences basic aspects of our culture, including religion, education, mobility, health care, art, language, laws and their enforcement. For example, technological advances in health care allow physicians to treat their patients in a virtual environment through video conferencing, which again is helpful in legal environment too for the judges to proceed with investigations on hard core criminals, who need not be produced before the court for security reasons.

Every new technology is a force involved in creative destruction. Say, television hurts movies, synthetic fibres, rival for cotton fibre. The discovery of new technology even sometimes affects economic growth-TV with its high entertainment value takes away productive hours of mankind. Each new technology creates major long term consequences, that are not always foreseeable. How do you justify nations spending more money to develop missiles, nuclear weapons and bombs for the sake of security?

Developing nations have to buy technology from foreign countries, as they are not resourceful in terms of capital needed for Research and Development, expertise, patents, licenses, equipments and so on. This transfer of technology involves huge costs as a result of which a vicious circle is formed, in which weak technology creates dependence and dependence creates weakness.

The recent trend can be enumerated through this slogan, “Conserve, reduce and recycle”. The stress today is on clean production measures, advanced robotics, zero-emition vehicles, material recycling and alternative fuels and materials. This change towards love for environment by the technologists is a sure sign of positive development.