Nuance Communications is delivering on the promise of AI

Medical information lead Jared Pelo explains how the firm’s AI-powered solution is transforming healthcare administration

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 26 August 2021
Nuance Communications is delivering on the promise of AI
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The promise of artificial intelligence (AI) has been apparent for a long time, but only in recent years have organisations delivered on it. Nuance Communications is bringing AI to healthcare through its Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) solution. By enabling the physician to focus completely on the patient, Nuance DAX’s sophisticated conversational AI and ambient technology captures and contextualises the patient encounter and creates a clinical note, which is then available in the EHR for the physician’s review and signature.

“Back in 2017, we explained to our researchers what we wanted to achieve, and they told us that we were talking about ‘the Harry Potter experience,’ with a floating quill writing as you speak,” says Jared Pelo, chief medical information officer, Dragon Ambient eXperience, at Nuance Communications. “They were skeptical. But we have surprised everyone with the leaps and bounds that we’ve made. The technology has matured and is evolving quickly. We watched speech recognition as it really struggled back in the day, and now it’s at a point where it can capture clinical encounters and automatically create clinical notes from those encounters.”

Manually writing patient documentation can take approximately 10 minutes per patient and is often completed during the clinical interaction. “In this situation, the patient isn’t getting the full attention of their doctor because they are busy writing notes,” says Pelo. “With Nuance DAX, the physician can offload the documentation burden, so they can completely focus on the patient.”

Nuance customer WellSpan Health surveyed their patients and found that 97 per cent felt that their doctors were more engaged when using Nuance DAX.

“We’ve seen physician burnout go from 72 per cent to 17 per cent, after just a few months of using Nuance DAX,” says Pelo. “Physicians using DAX who were planning on retiring now intend to practise for another five years.”

The solution can be used for telehealth with any telehealth platform and is integrated with Microsoft Teams for a more seamless experience, eliminating the tech toggling inherent now when going from screen to screen on various devices.  

Nuance DAX for Microsoft Teams enables physicians to activate DAX from within their Microsoft Teams workflows. It can be used with any EHR to securely scale telehealth visits while allowing physicians to remain focused on patients. 

This article was originally published in the Summer 2021 issue of The Record. To get future issues delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription.

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