EMR and EHR Software and Dragon Naturally Speaking

In a recent comment, Tom Hamilton from KnowBrainer software sent some interesting insights about using Dragon Naturally Speaking. His observation about more and more physicians using Dragon Naturally Speaking with their EMR or EHR is very true. I expect this trend to continue for quite a while. I don’t know how many times doctors have asked me for this ability. Unfortunately, it is like any software program and takes some getting use to, but those that do get use to it seem to really love it.

Here’s what Tom sent me. I hope it’s valuable for those looking at voice recognition with their EMR or EHR. I always welcome guest posters who want to post information like this to my blog. If you’re an expert at something related to EMR, EHR, or other Healthcare IT related topics, then let me know if you’re interested in being a guest blogger.

EMR Software and Dragon NaturallySpeaking are being utilized together in more practices and by more physicians every year. In light of that fact I would like to offer this information to the curious.

1. If you’re using Vista you should have 3-4 GB of RAM. For an XP platform you will require 2 GB of RAM. The software will run on less but won’t be very as effective.

NOTE: If you’re looking at buying a new computer to use with DNS I would consider looking at ASUS computers. Regardless of what system you by, you want a Core2 Duo 2 GHz or better CPU speed, 2 GB of RAM an XP platform (3 GB on Vista), 2 – 4 MB of L2 cache, a SATA hard drive of at least 100 GB although you may be able get 160 for about the same price. Your soundcard will be important so go with a mid to high end Soundblaster.

2. Unless you’re using a Soundblaster card don’t depend on the integrated soundcard in your computer as it is probably poorly shielded. Get yourself an external soundcard (USB Pod) and use a USB port on the back of your computer as opposed to the front.

3. Here is a copy of the manual we wrote for version 9. It’s designed as version 9.5 upgrade manual but if you are a new user to DNS you can download a full copy manual at KnowBrainer.com. KnowBrainer Manual

4. Here is a copy of the KnowBrainer Quick Tips which is PDF help file for day to day troubleshooting that is updated all the time from questions answered on our forum.

5. Here is a copy of our DNS 9 Review. I think you’ll find it pretty thorough.

6. For research feel free to use the KnowBrainer Speech Recognition Forum as it is by far the largest and most active of its kind.

7. I know there are quite a few users of NaturallySpeaking version 9 who don’t know about the Free upgrade to 9.5. Then there are some that do but don’t have time to find a path to it and worry about difficulty installing it. You should always use the most updated software especially when it’s free. Version 9.5 consolidates the code between version 9 and 9.1 and contains a few minor tweaks. The main purpose for the upgrade is for Vista compatibility. Here is your path and instructions – DNS 9.5 Update Guide

KnowBrainer, Inc. Support Staff – Tom Hamilton
Now Providing FREE (1st 5 min.) Tech Support 615-884-4558
A Nuance Gold Certified Endorsed Vendor
ALWAYS Ask If Your Speech Recognition Vendor Is Nuance Certified

Thanks Tom for the information. I think I’m going to have to “borrow” the dragon naturally speaking software one of my users cast aside and try it for myself.

Check out the following prices for the various versions of DNS on Amazon:
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred – Currently $151.49 with $50 rebate ($101.49 after rebate)
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 Preferred – Currently $92.97
I’m still looking around for the best location to buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical.

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John Lynn

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  • I’m excited about the PHR trends with Google. A large company like Google is exactly what the industry needs to jump start this type of record keeping into the 21st Century.

  • NaturallySpeaking (Medical) Version 10 is now available and I’d like to offer this detailed review to the readers of this Blog. I hope you all find it informative.

    If you would like to read the KnowBrainer 7 page pictorial preliminary review of DNS 10 click here: NaturallySpeaking 10 Forum Review. http://www.knowbrainer.com/PubForum/index.cfm?page=viewForumTopic&topicId=5244

    KnowBrainer, Inc. Support Staff – Tom Hamilton
    A Nuance Gold Certified Endorsed Vendor

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