Last week, we talked about the myriad of technological changes that have taken place over the past few decades, constantly working to simplify the life of the user. Taking all this into consideration, these principles also apply to the world of dictation. Due to the onset of the digital age, we can now capture voice with pristine quality, far exceeding that of cassette tapes. "The final result," claims Tim Palmer, Sales Manager for certified Philips dealer Speech Processing Solutions USA, "is that it is easier for an author to dictate and for a transcriptionist to understand what is said, resulting in a more accurate document being completed in less time."
It is not like analog dictation has nothing to give. To get lost in the hypnosis of the turning cassette, to hear the soft grinding and squeaking of the plastic on plastic; there is a sense of nostalgia akin to the mindset of vinyl record collectors, that becomes lost when using digital solutions. Personally, it brings me back to my childhood when I would try to tape a song that played on the radio, watching the wheels on the cassette go 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round, 'round and 'round. To the user who shares my adoration for those halcyon, carefree days, some digital solutions offer the image of a tape turning while you record. It is not quite the same, sure, but it is a small gesture to help ease the ostensibly daunting transition.
Believe it or not, a digital dictation solution is actually very similar to the analog or tape style systems that many are used to. The recording solutions function almost identically to the old tape machines with their play, rewind and record functions. The transcription workflow is the same as well; author sends to transcriptionist, who in turn completes the document, and either sends it back for review or sends it on as needed.
Combining the ability to digitally capture voices with networks, computer workstations and mobile solutions such as smart phones, finding your own perfect method is simple. Dictate from virtually anywhere in the world. In a way, you could say that dictation and transcription are now enjoying freedoms that they have never had up to this point.
As with many other advances in technology, digital dictation and transcription are constantly growing, providing far more benefits than limitations. Ed Mulliniks, marketing director for certified Olympus dealer CLM Sales, advises anyone new to dictation to "keep in mind how you plan to use the device," and "make sure the features of the machines line up according to your specific needs." There is a solution suited for users of any experience level, so find which one is right for you.
For any questions about how to best integrate one of our digital dictation solutions into your daily workflow, or to purchase one of our top of the line solutions, contact us today.