Royal Free Hospital digitizes radiology reporting

By Sam Collins
12:00 AM

London's Royal Free Hospital has gone live with Nuance Communications' speech recognition technology, SpeechMagic.

More than 50 radiologists at the site now benefit from front-end speech recognition, implemented by Soliton IT - an integration partner of Nuance Healthcare.

RFH joins high-profile healthcare providers in London who have recently adopted Nuance's speech recognition together with Soliton IT's Workflow Manager, including the University Hospital Lewisham, North Middlesex Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Radiologists at RFH can now dictate their findings without having to transcribe them as Nuance SpeechMagic will automatically translate their words into text and display it on their computer screens. Rather than having to coordinate transcription with their secretaries, radiologists can now handle the entire process themselves - resulting in faster report turnaround and better service to clinicians and referring physicians.

"The system has already proven to offer a significant improvement to reporting workflow which is further enhanced by improved desktop integration facilities," said Simone Towie, head of radiology at the Royal Free Hospital. "This allows the department to ensure delivery of reports to referrers, in some instances within minutes of the completion of an exam."

The radiology staff has taken to the system easily and are happy with the voice recognition solution, Towie said. "The system is proving to be capable of making a marked improvement to the service we provide to customers of the Radiology department at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust."

Soliton IT's Workflow Manager with Nuance's SpeechMagic provides a fully integrated reporting solution for RFH's PACS/RIS. Proven at several other National Program for IT sites, the Workflow Manager provides desktop integration with PACS to reduce clinical risk, as images and reports are clearly linked to each other.

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