Recently the Department of Defense was benefiting from using Nuance Dragon Dictation and now it is being wide spread throughout the the US Military, specifically with imagethe health care records system, AHLTA, which I had an opportunity to view earlier this year at the HIMMS convention in Orlando...the only thing the gentleman wished he had was a smaller and lighter Tablet PC to use!....BD  

Dragon Medical has extended its value into the Federal government through its seamless integration with AHLTA, the military's electronic health record, to enable clinical documentation through accurate voice-to-text speech recognition. According to a survey performed across 17 distinct Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps medical treatment facilities, 79.9 percent of those surveyed chose Dragon Medical as their preferred method for documenting care within AHLTA. image

"Without speech recognition, many of us using AHLTA would spend hours more each week manually typing and mouse clicking various boxes in order to document care. By making Dragon Medical accessible, we have enabled our physicians to complete their documentation in a much more efficient manner with the added benefit of producing a much more narrative note," said Robert Bell Walker, MD, European Regional Medical Command AHLTA Consultant. "Dragon's high accuracy rate and powerful macro functions make it even more efficient than traditional outsourced dictation. I'm convinced with wide adoption of voice recognition Dragon Medical can be a medical force multiplier."

Dragon Medical has been invaluable for military healthcare organizations, allowing them to roll out AHLTA with minimal disruption to provider productivity.

U.S. Military Embraces Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical to Drive Clinical Documentation


  1. Jeffrey S. Morgan, MDAugust 31, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    The use of Dragon Naturally Speaking along with text expander software As-U-Type has dramatically altered the productivity in the Heidelberg MEDDAC orthopeadic clinic. We are now able to interface with a cumbersome EHR (AHLTA) in a more efficient manner. After designing a clinic around these new interfacing modalities and giving the providers some time to fully implement the new software, the productivity per provider skyrocketed. 2 Surgeons were able to perform 80% of the RVU's that 5 Surgeons provided a year earlier.
    The implementation takes some time and there are some significant learning pains to break through. After we broke through these pains, we noticed that we were happier in our practice and our patients appreciated our efficiency. Patient complaints dropped and satisfaction with the office visits improved.

    Jeffrey S. Morgan, MD
    LTC MC US Army
    Chief of Surgery


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