Practice Resources

Voice dictation/recognition

The use of both digital voice dictation and voice recognition as part of a medical practice are becoming more and more common as the technology evolves.

Digital voice dictation

Digital voice dictation is the evolution of tape-driven dictation solutions such as tape recorders and desktop tape transcribers.

Digital voice recorders have superior audio quality. The completed digital recordings can be transferred to office staff for transcription with headset and foot pedal, similar to its analog predecessor, or by voice recognition software, such as Dragon Medical, which is used by many physicians in Nova Scotia.

Voice recognition

Voice recognition software transforms spoken words into text. For example, saying “Dear John comma new paragraph Thank you for your email period…” into a microphone connected to a computer, will appear on a computer as:

Dear John,

Thank you for your email.

Trial period for Dragon Medical

Physicians can take a “try before you buy” approach if interested in the Dragon Medical software.

Doctors Nova Scotia can install the software for a trial period. This gives the physician and office staff the opportunity to determine if it suits their needs before purchasing it.

Contact an EMR advisor to try Dragon Medical.

Benefit to physicians

There are several benefits for physicians to use voice dictation and voice recognition technology within their practices. They include:

  • enhanced ability to use an EMR by reduced keyboarding
  • improved documentation
  • elimination or reduction of transcription costs
  • reduced workload for front office staff

Help available
EMR advisors at Doctors Nova Scotia can help physicians investigate the use of digital voice dictation and/or voice recognition. They can help physicians:

  • understand how to best use the tools
  • help select the right solution(s)
  • provide a "pilot" solution when possible
  • install and configure the software
  • offer training basics
  • answer questions


Brent Andrews
EMR advisor, IWK, Central, Western, and Northern (Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants) zones
(902) 225-8577 (cell)

Derek Stewart
EMR advisor, Eastern and Northern (Cumberland and Pictou Counties) zones
1-800-563-3427 ext. 4931 (office)
(902) 565-4568 (cell)