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Dr David Russell reviews new speech recognition software for primary care

By Dr David Russell

Dr David Russell reviews new speech recognition software for primary care

• What is it? Hands-Free Computing has developed speech recognition software for general practice, which integrates into all the leading clinical systems including Vision, EMIS and SystmOne. Doctors can dictate directly into their clinical notes, generate referral letters or create Word documents all by voice.

• Why is it good for GPs? This software enables doctors to work faster and more comprehensively. The system has been specifically developed for primary care and contains a full vocabulary of medical terms and drugs names.

• What does it do? It gives GPs more time to spend with their patients. The software also allows a more independent way of working, with less reliance on secretarial support, which can reduce admin costs.

• What does it cost? The cost is £1,500 for one licence, but this reduces the more that are bought. This is a one-off cost for the software and training.

• Where can I get it? For more information go to or call 0845 899 0660. Free demonstrations in the surgery are available, which allow GPs to try out the software.

Dr David Russell is a GP and prescribing lead for Darlington PCT

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