Amazon is yet again expanding its reach in the healthcare industry, this time with a new speech recognition capability of Amazon Transcribe called Amazon Transcribe Medical.
Designed to convert clinician and patient speech to text, Amazon Transcribe Medical makes it easy for developers to integrate medical transcription into applications that help physicians do clinical documentation efficiently. It can automatically and accurately transcribe physicians’ dictations, as well as their conversations with patients, into text. Moreover, the service enables automatic punctuation and capitalization, allowing physicians to speak naturally when transcribing voice notes.
Amazon Transcribe Medical is HIPAA eligible right from the get-go, offering an easy-to-use API that can integrate with voice-enabled applications and any device with a microphone. Output transcripts will support word-level time stamps and confidence scores. Users can call the API to open a secure connection over WebSocket protocol and start passing a stream of audio to the service. In return, users receive a stream of text in real time. The raw text can be pumped into downstream text analytics services, Amazon Comprehend Medical, to extract valuable medical insights.
Voice solutions built on top of Amazon Transcribe Medical will be able to produce accurate medical transcripts of dictation and conversational speech in the medical domain. In clinical documentation workflow, physicians can more efficiently capture medical notes without distraction during patient engagements. Furthermore, physicians can leverage the transcribed notes after patient encounters to more quickly conduct medical data entry into electronic health record (EHR) systems. This culminates into a better experience for physicians who save valuable time, and also a higher patient satisfaction and care overall.
Amazon Transcribe Medical is readily available in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions.