Tech giant develops new medical transcribing service


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Tech giant Amazon has this week announced the launch of a new medical transcribing service, which it says will be able to produce accurate medical transcripts of dictation and conversational speech in the medical domain. 

The Amazon Transcribe Medical will be made available through Amazon’s Web Services and uses machine learning to provide “highly accurate” automatic speech recognition (ASR) for the medical industry.

The company claims users will be able to quickly and efficiently capture conversations between physicians and patients in text for later analysis using natural language processing “because the service is trained to understand the terminology and style of clinical language." Clinicians will not have to explicitly call out punctuation like “comma” or “full stop.” Amazon also says the new service will integrate easily with clinical documentation applications and any device with a microphone. 

“In clinical documentation workflow, physicians can more efficiently capture medical notes without distraction during patient engagements. Moreover, physicians can leverage the transcribed notes after patient encounters to more quickly conduct medical data entry into electronic health record (EHR) systems,” the company said in its announcement.

It is initially being made available in two regions in the United States.