Before, if I dictated something, it may take the secretaries 24 hours to type it up. Whereas now, I just dictate my report and it is done instantly
The Pathology Department at the Countess of Chester Hospital (CoCH), users of the TalkingPoint digital dictation solution throughout the Trust since 2009, has implemented the “TalkingPoint for Pathology” histopathology reporting speech recognition workflow solution.
“I think TalkingPoint with speech recognition is a great benefit – it has greatly improved my turnaround times. Before, if I dictated something, it may take the secretaries 24 hours to type it up. Whereas now, I just dictate my report and it is done instantly,” comments Dr Jackie Elder, Consultant Histopathologist & Head of Cellular Pathology, Countess of Chester Hospital. Continues Jackie: “We have been working with TalkingPoint to look at the speech driven workflow primarily with histology reports, cytology reports and post mortem reports.”
Producing over 20,000 pathology reports a year, there are 7 TalkingPoint users in the Pathology Department at CoCH. The majority of the department’s reports are now created using speech recognition with histology cases taking from 10 seconds to 2-3 minutes to dictate. Post mortem reports, depending on the complexity of the case, take from 4 mins to 15-20 minutes to dictate.
Jackie adds: “The terminology used in post mortem reports is slightly different to histology reports – it is more like a story so you use ‘normal English’ as well as medical terms. The voice recognition is managing this well.”
The introduction of TalkingPoint’s specialist histopathology reporting speech recognition workflow system at CoCH allows Pathologists to dictate reports, view and digitally sign the report off in real time.
Since moving to TalkingPoint’s speech solution, the secretarial team is managing the workload of typing the macro reports and digital dictations, with reduced backlogs.
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