Companies have been working to integrate voice recognition into healthcare since the technology’s inception. From physician dictations to patient engagement, voice recognition has an immense amount of potential for facilitating processes in medical practice. Here, we highlight some of the key uses of voice recognition in medicine and associated companies.
In senior care, voice recognition allows elderly patients who prefer to be stationary to improve their health within their homes. Lifepod is a caregiving service that provides day-to-day management assistance for seniors. It provides reminders for medications, schedules, activities, appointments, and even entertainment, facilitating the lives of not only the seniors themselves, but their caregivers as well. Another voice recognition technology, ElliQ offers an AI social robot that suggests activities for elders to partake in, promoting an active lifestyle. RemindMeCare is a similar companion software, offered to consumers through Amazon Alexa software.
Voice recognition in physician notetaking is arguably the most commonly discussed use of voice recognition in healthcare, aiming to aid in electronic health record keeping. Kiroku is one such technology, capable of listening in on physician-patient conversations and automatically writing the notes. Another device, Notable, utilizes a wearable voice interface and artificial intelligence system to record clinical visits in a similar manner. Being that physician notes often consume a large portion of a doctors day, these devices are potential mechanisms of freeing up more time for practitioners to interact with patients rather than record notes.
Software is being developed to determine patient condition based on vocal features as well. BeyondVerbal is one such company that has created a system that examines a patient’s voice in real time to anayze patient wellbeing, health condition, and provide emotional insight. Healthymize is utilizing similar speech monitoring through breath during voice calls, allowing audio recognition technology to work without the patient even being in the office. Corti uses a deep-learning artificial intelligence system that specializes in using voice recognition to aid a physician in making difficult medical decisions in real time.
With many patients calling on Alexa for weather, music, and news everyday within their homes, the use of voice recognition platforms is becoming a very common practice. Many companies like those discussed above are aiming to integrate this popular technology into the medical setting in a plethora of ways. With voice recognition being such a young concept and many artificial intelligence banks just starting to obtain information, the potential impact this technology will have on healthcare could be revolutionary.