BigHand Announces Voice and Template Management Integration

BigHand, a provider of speech, workflow, and document creation tools to law firms, has integrated its BigHand Voice digital dictation software version 5.0.5 and template management solution, BigHand Create version 7.5, to reduce the number of clicks and simplify the process of producing legal documents for both attorneys and support staff, enabling them to dictate, proofread and generate finished documents directly within the BigHand system.

BigHand, which provides voice solutions, including digital dictation, speech recognition, and mobility apps, has expanded its offerings to include workflow and document creation tools. BigHand's modules work independently or with one another.

"The integration between BigHand Voice and BigHand Create will make it much simpler for users to create documents from dictations. The process of typing up a dictation or proofreading text transcribed by speech recognition is the same as before, but the steps required to transform that text into a great looking, finished document are simpler and more user-friendly," said Eric Wangler, president of BigHand North America, in a statement. "With this integration, users will be able to launch Microsoft Word templates directly within BigHand, whether it be a pleading, a letter, or any other document, and the text is automatically carried over. Any editing, including with the BigHand Hyperstyles formatting tools, can be completed within Microsoft Word."

For firms already using BigHand Digital Dictation and Speech Recognition, the integration will automate the majority of the back-end document production process.

"This is a really exciting prospect for law firms producing hundreds of documents a day. The time involved in creating so many documents and the pressure to be highly productive means people often take shortcuts, like starting a new document by working directly over an old one. This can cause complex document corruptions, which can take even longer to fix. By automating a large portion of the administrative work and lifting the burden from their staff, firms can ensure all documents are produced to a consistently high quality while freeing up administrative time for higher-value tasks," Wangler said.

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