Nuance Healthcare (@NUAN_Healthcare) announced SparrowEDIS, developed by Montrue Technologies, as the grand prize winner of their 2012 Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge at HIMSS.

SparrowEDIS is an emergency department information system for the iPad that allows doctors and nurses to dictate the clinical narrative at the point-of-care through Nuance Healthcare-powered voice recognition technology. With the added layer of medical voice recognition, clinicians can also check for prescription interaction issues, create prescription orders, and share discharge instructions at the bedside all through voice, helping to streamline emergency medicine workflow and improve patient safety.

“Through access to Nuance’s secure, cloud-based, medical speech recognition platform developers were challenged to give mobile clinicians a voice,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare. “Developers stepped up to the challenge and delivered some truly innovative clinical applications including disease management tools, diagnosis checklist systems, physician-patient interaction and communication tools, and practice management apps that will help mobile clinicians research, access, create and share clinical information faster than ever before.”

“As an emergency doctor, I know access to the clinical narrative is crucial in enabling us to get a 360 degree view of a patient. I also know that speech recognition is the best way to capture this narrative in its fullest form, and in the most efficient fashion,” says Brian Phelps, CEO and co-founder, Montrue Technologies, Inc. “By speech-enabling our app, SparrowEDIS, on Nuance’s 360 | Development Platform we are able to capture the essence of the patient doctor relationship.”

Other winners include first place Remedy Systems, which transformed their Deep Query Engine into a personal mobile medical assistant for physicians by adding speech recognition to its functionality. Second prize went to WholeSlide whose voice-enabled app enables clinicians and researchers to rapidly annotate regions of the apps hosted histology, hematology, and pathology data via spoken form to quickly share with colleagues.

“What was evident from the broad range of speech-driven mobile applications submitted as part of the Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge, is there’s a need for a more integrated approach to the development process and we’re just starting to see a smart focus on apps that are truly user-friendly for the medical community,” said Dr. Andres Jimenez, CEO, ImplementHIT, one of the challenge judges. ”As a practicing physician, and consultant working with large healthcare organizations to implement health IT, evaluating these new mobile apps from both perspectives helped me realize that speech-enabling apps will greatly facilitate adoption by healthcare providers.”

2012 Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge Judging Panel:

  • Mr. HIStalk – Leading blog on hospital IT news, healthcare technology and healthcare industry trends
  • Dr. Steven Zuber – CMIO, Methodist Health System
  • Dr. Andres Jimenez – CEO, ImplementHIT
  • Janet Dillione – EVP and General Manager, Nuance Healthcare
  • Jonathon Dreyer – Senior Manager, Mobile Solutions Marketing, Nuance Healthcare