Monday, June 17, 2013

Digital Dictation

We've spoken at length about Speech Recognition and its various contributions to many industries. So today we want to talk about another exciting development: Digital Dictation!

We all remember the cassette tape recorder. We use it for interviews, to record lectures and even to make brief notes for something important i.e. writing a report or a book. The truth is.. 
that some of us still use it! Well, with Digital Dictation you can do it too, but in a much more productive and efficient way! In simple terms, Digital Dictation is used to record speech (in real time) and can be saved, leaving you to do the documentation, transcription, etc. later on. For instance, a lawyer, who needs to keep track of his daily routine or activities, would rather use Digital Dictation software where he will only have to dictate his speech on a recorder instead of manually typing it on a keyboard. Imagine if the lawyer was driving! Wouldn't he rather use this software than typing each word? Wouldn't it save more time? You are the one to judge…  

There are countless amounts of times, where we remembered something really important and a few minutes later we forgot, because there was no way to keep track of it. Well, this software will solve that problem. Unlike tape recorders, this software doesn't need cassettes and other forms of hardware so it is also very cost effective. Another advantage is that you can edit your records any way you like, at any time you prefer! Because of these reasons digital dictation is being used in numerous industries such as healthcare, education, marketing, scientific research, law etc. Cristy Samson, a well seasoned freelance writer, described this software as “almost like having a personal assistant that is really efficient and handy”. A study was conducted in a hospital in Finland, regarding Digital Dictation, which revealed, that doctors, who used this system, were much more effective.

Call-in Dictation Systems
This particular system allows a specific list of users to dial a phone, which would connect the line to a software, that allows dictation through the dialed number. The speech, which is being dictated, would then be sent to a computer and stores the information. This type of system is perfect, if you want more than one person to contribute to your study.

Digital Dictation Workflow Systems
This workflow system is quite different to the traditional system. Through this system you can give out many commands and it is perfect for an individual that is constantly on the go!

Dictation in Computers
Quite simply the most common use for digital dictation is via computer. How we perceive the information will determine the quality of the recorded speech. This can be quite tedious if you’re a typist, trying to identify the last part between pauses, especially if it’s clipped! That’s a sure way of getting incomplete dialogues. Most recordings out there are very simple and come in a standard format which we’re sure you’re all quite familiar with; wav, wma, mp3, DSS and DS2.

So do not wait and use digital recorder for your work flow. In this way, you will increase your ability to do more within shorter period of time and have an opportunity to get your audio transcribed later on with an ease for further use.