I have been using voice-recognition software in pathology since 1997 with complete success (“Now we're talking,” Oct. 5, p. 24). Voice-recognition software is not 100% accurate, but if anyone has a medical transcriber who is 100% accurate, they are indeed fortunate. My own experience is that even with an earlier version, voice-recognition software is as accurate as the medical transcriber. With the use of voice-recognition software, we have adjusted our histology-processing schedule so that slides are available earlier and reports are out eight to 24 hours earlier than previously. We have not had a medical transcriber in the department since 1997, so the cost savings are huge. Furthermore, we use the software to dictate letters and memorandums, which obviates the need for a stenographer.
Paul E. KalishChairmanDepartment of PathologyGlen Cove (N.Y.) Hospital Assistant medical directorNorth Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Laboratories