VA Hospitals to Standardize on Nuance's Dragon Medical for Dictation

The U.S. Veterans Health Administration System will implement Nuance Communications' Dragon Medical 360¦Direct, a cloud-based medical speech recognition technology.

The VA, which cares for more than 8.3 million patients annually and includes 14,000 doctors across 152 hospitals and 800 community-based outpatient clinics, plans to deploy Dragon Medical 360¦Direct across the entire VA health system. This solution will allow clinicians to dictate within the VA's electronic health records (EHR) system, the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), from the office, in the hospital, or on the go.

The VA plans to leverage Nuance's cloud-based, front-end speech recognition to improve clinical documentation accuracy, enhance patient care, drive productivity, and reduce costs. As part of Nuance's new generation of cloud-based solutions, Dragon Medical 360¦Direct enables physicians using any Windows device or working in a virtualized environment to have a dictation experience that supports their daily clinical workflows.

"Our cloud-based Dragon Medical offerings provide an integrated experience across desktop, Web, and mobile that allows clinicians to use any intelligent device to dictate into their patients' EHRs," said Joe Petro, senior vice president of healthcare research and development at Nuance, in a statement. "We live in a world where clinicians must be able to instantly and accurately document care when they want, wherever they want and into whatever computing environment they have. With cloud-based Dragon Medical, their office is wherever they are."

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