Medical application of voice recognition has large potential but must be integrated into medical practitioners' work flows, according to Eric Chang, senior director of technology strategy at Microsoft Research Asia.
Doctors have to record patients' conditions and search for their medical records while doing diagnoses, and dentists have similar situations, Chang said. Besides, radiological and pathologic technologists have to record results of inspecting medical images.
Voice recognition can be developed for smart use in keeping records when the medical staff members' hands are occupied and unable to do the recording manually, Chang explained.
Medical application of voice recognition, however, varies from scenario to scenario, Chang noted. In operation rooms, for example, voice recognition should be enhanced to separately recognize each of the surgical team members' speeches to accurately record data, Chang indicated.
Eric Chang, senior director of technology strategy at Microsoft Research Asia