Nuance Communications has teamed up with Wolters Kluwer to improve the utility of its Dragon Medical One platform. The partnership specifically concerns Wolters Kluwer’s UptoDate solution, which provides healthcare professionals with the latest medical research and clinical best practices.
The integration with the Dragon Medical One platform will allow doctors to search for and call up that information with conversational voice commands. For example, doctors would be able to reference dosage guidelines before writing a prescription, or look at the available treatment options for a variety of different conditions.
Those doctors would then be able to use their own judgment to make an informed decision about the best course of action for each individual patient. Studies have shown that better medical information leads to better patient outcomes, and UpToDate is regularly updated to provide practitioners with more information about drug interactions, side effects, disease progression, and other topics.
The new hands-free feature has been dubbed Clinical Content Search, and it will be available to any healthcare facility with Dragon Medical One and an enterprise UpToDate subscription.
“Having the ability to interact with a system that understands natural spoken words and provide the relevant desired information saves doctors valuable time. This, in turn, allows them to focus on patient care,” said Dr. Yaa Kumah-Crystal, an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“This partnership empowers clinicians by making it easier to access relevant medical information at the point of care,” added Nuance Provider Solutions SVP Michael Clark.
Nuance added Ambient Clinical Intelligence to its Dragon Medical portfolio in January, and has since teamed up with the American Medical Association in an effort to automate record-keeping procedures and reduce clinical burnout. The integration of the UpToDate platform should only advance those goals.
In other news, Nuance recently hired Diana Nole to serve as the new Executive Vice President and General Manager of its healthcare division.
June 10, 2020 – by Eric Weiss