Sarah Fisher is regional marketing manager at Nuance healthcare division covering UK, Ireland and APAC. Sarah has 25 years in marketing and sales at companies including Xerox, Siemens and Cisco. A spell at Novartis leading a team to deliver ‘more-than-medicines’ solutions in UK healthcare combined her degree and a first job in Pharmacology research with a passion for the potential of healthcare IT to overcome the many challenges faced by all healthcare systems. In her spare time Sarah leaps fences and tackles tricky trails pursuing her hobbies of horse trials and mountain biking.

Sarah Fisher’s stories

How I learned my ABCs: The similarities between AI and toddlers

Now, thanks to the impact of deep neural networks (DNN), the application of AI and machine learning to healthcare may finally be reaching a crucial tipping point. But what are neural networks? One of the best ways to understand this is to think about how children learn. I’ve been teaching my two-year old about animals, pointing to […]

The dilemma of medical documentation: GP and practice manager’s response to EMR

With growing numbers of patients, and the increasing need for all patient records to be stored and accessed electronically, medical documentation is becoming a burden for many general practitioners and practice managers. Accurate, in-depth patient records can, of course, enhance the level of care given to a patient. But with increased amounts of time being […]

NHS Five Year Forward View: How does Dragon Medical harness technology and innovation?

The NHS Five Year Forward View (5yfv) has given the health service a framework for improving and modernising itself. To quote from the report itself, it has, “set out a clear direction for the NHS – showing why change is needed and what it will look like.” ‘Harnessing technology and innovation’ meanwhile is one of […]

5 reasons why artificial intelligence in healthcare makes a difference

  1. AI in speech recognition. AI is a very broadly used term and there are very many definitions but, simply put, it is the use of computing power to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. Dragon Medical Practice Edition is clever, powerful software that adapts to you and your environment. Using your voice […]

The important role of allied health professionals in documenting patient care

The role of Allied Health Professionals in documenting the patient story

  90% of AHPs spend 1-3 hours a day on documentation Inspired by the experience and learning points from our interview with Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s DynamicHealth we recently co-hosted an @WeAHP tweet chat which drilled further down into some of the challenges AHPs face in creating, reviewing, updating, managing and sharing clinical documentation. […]

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Allied Health Professionals lead system improvements in the NHS

DynamicHealth, provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, is actively involved in an initiative called fitforthefuture.org. This is a sustainability and transformation programme covering hospital services, community healthcare, mental health, social care and GP services (primary care). The aim is to work together and take joint responsibility for improving the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough population’s health […]

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5 tips for rolling out successful healthcare speech recognition projects

  1. Map out and engage ALL your stakeholders including your medical secretaries and back-office support team Speech recognition rollouts are usually part of a broader healthcare efficiency strategy which will involve new service models and ways of working. Historic workflows involving clinicians, medical secretaries and other back-office resources should all be considered and reviewed […]

Be part of our research into the digital patient

How does the ‘digital patient’ impact your practice?

In this survey we’d like to find out how the emergence of the ‘digital patient*’ impacts on the administration and care delivery processes at your practice; looking at what technology investments you have made, or are planning to make, to meet their needs and what you think are the benefits – and any downsides – […]

Speech recognition can ensure clinical data is recorded accurately and in a timely manner

Are you ready for your digital patients?

  Patient online access Granting online access to medical records and care plans is one of the most effective ways to engage patients. The revamped www.nhs.uk now gives all of us the opportunity to: book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse order repeat prescriptions online view parts of the GP record, including […]

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Pathology finds its voice

  The challenge for today´s pathologists ‘We’re working in an era where, worldwide, there is a shortage of qualified pathologists and in the UK we are also facing austerity’ challenged Dr Fred Mayall, Consultant Histopathologist at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust when speaking to a group of NHS pathologists who had come together at […]

Applying the lessons of usability of office technology to accelerate the paperless NHS

From the paperless office to the paperless NHS

The history of the paperless office Many years ago, when I worked as a salesperson at Xerox, we waxed lyrical about the vision of ‘the paperless office’ which Xerox was the first to prosthelytise back in the 80s. We also described to our clients how researchers at Xerox Parc were beavering away in the human factors […]