UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based system with 10 hospitals, has signed a joint development agreement with voice-recognition technologies maker Nuance Communications to develop best practices for a new system that would allow clinicians to dictate notes directly into an electronic health record.
UPMC, Nuance announce development agreement
Nuance, Burlington, Mass., is installing systems in more than 400 hospitals and smaller clinical sites throughout UPMC that will integrate speech and computer voice-recognition “as part of every clinician's workflow,” a news release from Nuance said.
The release did not disclose financial details of the multi-year development agreement, but said any commercial products developed through the agreement would be sold through publicly traded Nuance this year.
The news came days after Nuance lost a patent-infringement lawsuit against industry competitor Vlingo in U.S. District Court in Boston. The jury in that case ruled that Vlingo did not infringe on Nuance's voice-recognition systems, although Nuance noted in a release that the jury did uphold the validity of the company's underlying patent.
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