Innovation & Research

Nuance wins six Stevie® American Business Awards for excellence in technological innovation

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program, with more than 3,800 nominations – a record number – submitted by organizations of all sizes in virtually every industry. More than 250 professionals worldwide served as judges and selected this year’s winners. Nuance won six gold and silver awards for its achievements during a year of global challenge and profound changes.

Over the past decade, Nuance and its customers have won more than 50 Stevie Awards worldwide for achievements in customer engagement, biometrics, and healthcare. While reflecting diverse applications in multiple industries, the common element in each award is how our customers use our state-of-the-art conversational and ambient AI technology and solutions to amplify their ability to help others and address specific challenges within their respective industries.

This year, we are proud to be recognized by the 19th Annual Stevie American Business Awards with a total of six award wins:

Gold AwarDS

Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year (2,500 or More Employees)

In healthcare, the rate of physician burnout attributed to heavy administrative workloads is increasing at the same time that patients want more engaging and personalized healthcare experiences. Our solutions include the Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX), which lets physicians focus on patients instead of computer screens during in-person and virtual visits. DAX uses our ambient clinical intelligence to document doctor-patient conversations in contextual clinical notes securely and automatically.

We also applied our award‑winning intelligent engagement technology first adopted by other industries to create a patient engagement platform to give patients personalized, secure and efficient voice-powered interactions throughout their healthcare journey.

For companies in financial services, retail, telecommunications, and other industries we developed the Nuance Mix platform, enabling them to create customized omni-channel customer service experiences quickly and easily. Notably, we introduced Nuance Mix in April 2020 just as consumer demand for secure and effective online and telephone engagement skyrocketed during pandemic lockdowns. Nuance Mix lets organizations own their own digital front doors and get customers the information, products and services, and satisfying outcomes they need and want.

Achievement in Product Innovation: Pandemic-Prompted Innovation: How Nuance Enhanced its Age Detection Capabilities to Reduce COVID-19 Related Fraud

Nuance Gatekeeper helped global telecommunications provider Telefónica protect its elderly customers from scammers intent on stealing personal financial information. This helped a vulnerable population during a stressful time and enhanced Telefónica customer experiences.

Silver Awards

Most Valuable Corporate Response: Powering the Shift to Telehealth and Remote Work via Conversational AI

At the onset of the pandemic, Nuance went beyond offering products at no cost and actively asked customers which solutions could help them best deal with unprecedented circumstances. Nebraska Medicine asked for a cloud-based, voice-powered solution that could help stressed care teams safely and accurately capture COVID patient stories and document care. The Nuance team responded quickly and delivered new solutions that helped clinicians provide quality care as patient volumes surged.

Healthcare Technology Solution: Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX)

In April, Nuance launched the Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) for telehealth to help physicians handle the dramatic increase in virtual visits. Instead of “tech toggling” between multiple computers and devices during video or phone sessions, doctors could focus on the patient while DAX automatically generated clinical notes. The time saved helped physicians see more patients while alleviating burnout caused by trying to document care during and after clinic hours.

Healthcare Technology Solution: Dragon Medical One

Dragon Medical One is a cloud‑based HITRUST CSF‑certified speech recognition solution that provides a consistent and personalized clinical documentation experience across platforms and devices regardless of physical location. This allows clinicians to use their voice to securely capture the patient story naturally and efficiently.

Most Valuable Technical Innovation: How Nuance Protected Seniors From COVID-19 Fraud Through Age Detection Enhancements

Telefónica was among the first companies to roll out Nuance’s new enhanced age detection capabilities. Telefónica’s previous method of authenticating a customer identity using caller ID was inadequate for handling new customers or those with lost or damaged phones. Nuance Gatekeeper enabled Telefónica to expedite authentication without the use of PINs and passwords that frustrated seniors. The Nuance solution also improved protection for vulnerable older customers susceptible to scammers.

We’re proud to be recognized by the Stevie Awards for our commitment to innovating alongside our customers to empower them with practical AI-powered solutions, especially during a time of unprecedented challenges.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2021 Stevie winners are available at   

Brenda Hodge

About Brenda Hodge

Brenda leads all aspects of Nuance's marketing function working to develop the go-to-market approach, building the Nuance brand to drive growth, and expanding client relationships to increase loyalty. She joined Nuance from Optum where she most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Provider Market segment. Brenda’s career spans multinational sales and marketing leadership roles at companies such as GloStream, Allscripts/Misys Healthcare Systems, and SAS Institute.