Epocrates to add speech recognition to its mobile EMR

Could this be the 'game-changer' that some predict? Epocrates is testing an integrated mobile dictation feature, called “SpeechAnywhere,” that will allow physicians to create medical reports on the fly, via their smartphones.

It's a crucial link-up to give physicians the ability to not only access and read their patient records on their mobile devices, but also to input information. The fastest input method for a doctor on the go is dictation. "When you have the ability to dictate, you no longer need a keyboard — you’re fully mobile," says iMedical apps reviewer Iltifat Hussein. And that's where speech recognition comes in -- translating the doctor's dictation directly into the record and bypassing the usual dictation/transcription/review cycle -- which can slow things down by days, Hussein notes. -- Article