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mhealth app spotlight: Voice2Dox

Voice2Dox is an app that streamlines radiology workflows. With features such as a single profile that can be used regardless of facility or healthcare organization, radiologists are able to read a study, create a report, and quickly communicate the results, which translates to faster patient care.
App provides integrated dictation radiology workflow

What does this app do?
Voice2Dox, developed by IDS, Inc., provides an integrated dictation workflow for radiologists and other medical providers. The application allows radiologists to read cases in different modes and to decide case by case which method to use: full front-end speech recognition, speech-recognition with help from an editor, traditional dictation and transcription, or a fully templated report. Voice2Dox also features:

        • Cloud-based deployment that requires no servers at the facility and allows clinicians to read cases from various locations
        • Ability for radiologists to read for multiple facilities and hospitals by using the same profile that includes a personalized collection of settings and templates that follow the user regardless of facility
        • Comprehensive routine and template management
        • Robust mechanism for sharing templates among colleagues and new-hires
        • Intelligent assignment of, and suggestions for, routines based on study type
        • Multiple PACS integration that enables radiologists to perform reads using multiple views simultaneously
        • Single-click parking and resuming of cases
        • A snapshot tool to capture key images and embed them in the report
        • Flexibility to work in outpatient radiology, inpatient radiology, teleradiology, as well as distributed radiology deployments
        • Clinical speech recognition by Nuance, including the option to leverage Nuance SpeechAnywhere (secure, cloud-based speech recognition) and Dragon Medical

What challenges or needs did you see/experience in the healthcare industry that drove you to build this application?
Voice2Dox was designed to be a flexible, customizable, lightweight, yet powerful alternative to the existing leading dictations platforms. Voice2Dox requires little footprint on the workstation and no IT outlay from an infrastructural perspective for servers or VPNs. We wanted to build an easy-to-use application that clinicians can adopt within a few minutes of working with it. Most importantly, we wanted an application that can grow and evolve with the entire AbbaDox ecosystem.

What is the big “A-ha! moment” for your end users when you first demo your app for them?
The ease of use, the breadth of customization and personalization supported, and speed of the app always receive very positive  feedback from our clinician users. When we integrated the Nuance SpeechAnywhere engine into the application (we already have an existing integration with all Dragon Medical products), the “WOW” effect was magnified significantly. Voice2Dox and Nuance cloud-based clinical speech recognition technology share a great chemistry – they provide an extremely powerful solution within an extremely lightweight deployment mechanism.

What inspires you when creating an mhealth app?
Our inspiration is drawn directly from our users. Their suggestions and comments allow us to make great applications, put more power into our AbbaDox ecosystem, and ultimately, improve patient care. We want our users to do what they do best–treat patients–while we do whatever we can to empower them with good and intuitive tools to help them throughout their day.

How has Nuance technology changed your app?
We have relied on Nuance technology for the clinical speech recognition elements since the earlier versions of Voice2Dox, with Dragon Medical, and now leverage the superb Nuance SpeechAnywhere platform. Nuance constantly improves the platform, allowing us to deliver better results for our clients.

Do you have a customer quote about your app?
“What we like about Voice2Dox is the fact that it’s super flexible.  Anything we want to do with the system we can; it’s just a matter of asking and explaining the use case.  Also, the fact that it is Dragon Medical based is something that gives our users comfort since they have used and liked Dragon Medical for so long.”  – M. Sean Kowaliw | Executive Director of Information Systems | Imaging On Call

Does your app integrate with any patient-facing apps as well?
Through AbbaDox, Voice2Dox-dictated reports can appear in the AbbaDox Patient Portal.

Does it communicate with other health devices or apps?
Voice2Dox communicates directly with many different PACS systems, as well as many different HIS/RIS by connecting through the AbbaDox ecosystem.

What is your vision for how this particular app can evolve over the next 5 years?
Helping physicians while they dictate cases with a built-in machine understanding of what is being spoken, identifying possible errors, highlighting inconsistencies, and offering additional guidance are all in our roadmap for upcoming versions. Our vision is to enable physicians to maximize the quality of the interpretations they perform on each study by providing them with additional tools that streamlines radiology workflows and context-sensitive decision support systems.

In one sentence, tell us what you think the future of mobile health will look like.
Mobile health is not just about mobility within a well-connected facility, but rather offering services to those remote areas where immediate help is not always available. Good and efficient telemedicine in all its different aspects is the pinnacle of mobile health.

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Jonathon Dreyer

About Jonathon Dreyer

Jonathon Dreyer is the vice president of solutions marketing for Nuance where he is driving a physician-first approach to medicine by bringing cloud-based speech recognition and clinical language understanding technology to a worldwide community of healthcare IT developers and provider organizations. Prior to his current role, Jon worked as the solutions marketing manager for Diagnostic Imaging at Nuance and previously headed up marketing at Commissure Inc., a provider of clinical documentation and healthcare communication solutions. Jon graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors at Wayne State University where he earned a B.S business administration.