Nuance will be assisting the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust with its digital transformation. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, with roughly 22,000 staff spread across the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and other community medical centers.
The partnership with Nuance will help streamline the Trust’s record keeping practices. The Trust is in the process of installing an Epic electronic health record (EHR) system as part of its Apollo digital transformation program. Nuance’s Dragon Medical One platform will be integrated with that Epic system to enable speech recognition. The utility will allow doctors to take notes and perform other tasks with simple voice commands, thereby minimizing the amount of paperwork they need to do while maximizing the time they can spend with patients.
The Apollo program is being carried out in collaboration with the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. More than 10,000 clinicians are expected to take advantage of Nuance’s speech recognition service.
“Our initiative aims to use technologies that make it easier for staff and patients to access required information and data,” said Guy’s and St Thomas’ Apollo Program Director Robyn Tolley. “Our collaboration with Nuance will enable clinicians to create accurate, high-quality patient records more efficiently and improve outcomes for patients.”
“Facilities that use Epic choose Nuance solutions because of our longstanding partnership and proven technology integration,” added Nuance EVP and Healthcare GM Diana Nole. “Our solutions allow care teams to engage with conversational user interfaces to practice medicine and create effective clinical documentation while maximising the value healthcare organizations receive from their EHR.”
Nuance added a new UpToDate search utility to the Dragon Medical One platform back in June, and later delivered the solution to the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The company recently revealed that Microsoft has agreed to acquire Nuance in a deal valued at $16 billion.