CHRISTUS Health Taps Nuance for Enterprise-Wide Speech Recognition Deployment

NuanceMHW learned Thursday that Nuance Communications, Inc. has been selected by CHRISTUS Health, one of the 10 largest Catholic not-for-profit health systems in the U.S., for an enterprise-wide physician documentation improvement initiative.

The impetus, we’re told, is to improve how physicians work with inpatient and ambulatory EHRs with the additional benefit of improving financial performance.

This broad implementation replaces multiple competitive systems, adding Nuance’s full suite of clinical documentation solutions including Nuance’s back-end medical transcription, as well as Nuance PowerScribe® 360, and Nuance Dragon® Medical for real-time speech-enabled physician documentation.

This multi-site deployment, we’re told, will arm physicians practicing at CHRISTUS Health facilities across care settings with a full array of clinical documentation solutions to streamline the process of rapidly entering complete and compliant patient information while using MEDITECH, athenahealth and various radiology systems.

“We chose Nuance because of the superior performance of its solutions, strong track record of innovation, and the company’s willingness to create a business model of shared risks where the company is rewarded based on our success with the technology. Beyond speech recognition, Nuance’s advanced natural language understanding and computer-assisted physician documentation technologies, and unique integrations with IMO, MEDITECH and athenahealth are critical to our physicians’ workflow efficiency and were an important part of our rationale for selecting Nuance,” says S. Luke Webster, MD, vice president and CMIO, CHRISTUS Health.

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