MedQuist Introduces Ground-breaking Advances in Speech Recognition to Accelerate EHR Adoption at HIMSS 2011

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MedQuist Inc., (Nasdaq: MEDQ) a leading provider of integrated clinical documentation solutions for the healthcare industry, announces it will be highlighting the next generation of clinical documentation technology at the 2011 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition being held from February 20-24 in Orlando, Florida. New advances in speech recognition solutions that leverage technology from M*Modal will be featured, including the introduction of SpeechQ Direct® and DocQment myWAY® along with CodeRunner™ CAC software and Computer-Assisted Abstracting.

SpeechQ Direct® voice powers Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, enabling providers to seamlessly dictate narrative patient information directly into the EHR as well as establish voice "command and control" to simply and easily navigate through screens of the EHR.  Providers using this solution can speed documentation time, improve documentation accuracy, and avoid the trap of template-based point-and-click systems.

The first application to incorporate real-time speech recognition, physician self-editing, and clinical documentation workflow into one complete solution, DocQment myWAY® lets physicians choose the method that works best for them: Review and edit speech-recognized documents real time or send to background speech recognition for editing.  Fully integrated with the DocQment Enterprise Platform®, the industry's leading workflow technology, final documents can be structured to complete EHR databases and are specially designed to be automatically coded and abstracted using MedQuist's computer-assisted technology solutions.

"The introduction of cutting-edge tools like SpeechQ Direct® and DocQment myWAY® that use a single speech profile – along with the availability of intelligent, structured clinical documents is changing the way CIOs and IT leaders think about and implement Electronic Health Records," says Chris Spring, Vice President of Product Management.  "Enabling physicians to interact with EHRs using their voice and putting providers in the documentation driver's seat offers a faster path to physician adoption and Meaningful Use while boosting the quality and accuracy of patient documentation."

Users of both new tools benefit from the power, flexibility, and superior recognition capabilities of a single speech profile that is shared between MedQuist solutions.  

Additional items to be showcased include CodeRunner™ CAC and Computer-Assisted Abstracting. CodeRunner™ CAC Computer-Assisted Coding speeds and simplifies the coding process, lowering DNFB and improving coder productivity.  Computer-Assisted Abstracting allows time and cost reductions by eliminating manual abstraction efforts and simplifying core measures and regulatory reporting.

"One of today's greatest challenges is properly implementing EHRs in a way that achieves Meaningful Use. Solutions must transform the narrative story into valuable data, be user-friendly and easily adopted, and include effective tools to ensure interoperability," says Peter Masanotti, President & CEO, MedQuist.  "MedQuist is confident that our combination of technology and service-based solutions can help healthcare organizations transform the way they create, manage and share clinical documentation."

About MedQuist

MedQuist is a leading provider of medical transcription services, and a leader in technology-enabled clinical documentation workflow. MedQuist's enterprise solutions – including mobile voice capture devices, speech recognition, Web-based workflow platforms, and global network of medical editors – help healthcare facilities improve patient care, increase physician satisfaction, and lower operational costs. For more information, please visit

About M*Modal:

M*Modal, the market leader in advanced Speech Understanding technology, combines industry leading technology and clinical documentation services to produce highly accurate, structured, encoded and shareable medical documents to facilitate the use and adoptability of electronic health records. More than 800 healthcare organizations nationwide utilize M*Modal's solutions to increase patient safety and promote continuity of patient care. For more information, please visit

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