In radiology, a primary benefit of speech recognition (SR) software is the time savings. With SR, radiologists can turn reports around faster, leading to increased efficiency, higher productivity, and better patient outcomes. Experts assured Radiology Today that voice solutions are “100% essential to their workflow because that time savings is so critical,” and that “Accurate and rapid turnaround of reports can ultimately improve the treatment and outcomes of patients with complex conditions requiring complex treatments.”
To provide time savings that lead to these benefits, the speech recognition must be accurate. Beyond selecting the latest technology in SR, healthcare organizations can drive accuracy in SR through thoughtful design of the radiology workstations and reading room environment.
- Dual-Surface Imaging Desks Allow for Proper Microphone Placement
Radiologists who use tabletop (boom) microphones need an imaging desk that allows the mic to be placed in the right place for accurate SR. While the “right place” for a mic will vary among radiologists, manufacturers recommend placing the mic as close as possible to the mouth (about 1–3 inches) but outside the breath stream. A dual-surface desk that allows the monitors and desktop to move independently helps achieve this placement.
- Monitor Array Protects Expensive Equipment
The average imaging desk needs to manage 4 monitors, including a ~$30K monitor for reading and an additional one for using SR software. Given the critical nature of the work and the expense of the equipment, the imaging desk needs to provide a stable and adjustable monitor array. Radiologists must be able to make quick ergonomic adjustments for focal distance and angle with the confidence that the monitors are stable. In addition, to prevent the monitors from being pulled down, the imaging desk must include cable management features. Finally, the monitor arms and desk legs must be especially strong and durable, as proven by testing from the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, aka BIFMA.
- Panel Systems Reduce Noise and Distractions
Reducing background noise, echoes, and distractions is important to SR accuracy and overall productivity. Imaging desk manufacturers frequently offer acoustic panel and barrier systems designed to reduce background noise and increase privacy. Panels generally come in custom colors and styles to seamlessly integrate them into the reading room. Look for steel frames, non-combustible materials, and a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating of at least 0.75.
- Ample Desktop Space for Peripherals and Papers
In addition to accommodating the mic, imaging desk features can help the radiologists with SR by providing enough space on the desktop. Radiologists may need to integrate information from paper forms and notes while dictating, so the desk needs space for any paper files, forms, and reference materials. Plus, the desk should be capable of hanging the CPU/computer to free up space for the keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals.
- Innovations that Promote Productivity and Health
Imaging desk features can enhance radiologists’ overall health and productivity while using SR or any other tools. For example, Xybix offers the following features that are designed for ease of use:
- Sit-to-stand flexibility to help prevent musculoskeletal injuries
- Ergonomic design that exceeds ergonomic standards
- Surface-mounted task lights for consulting paperwork
- Bias lighting to ease eyestrain
- Custom colors of LED lighting to impact circadian rhythms
- Personal climate controls to reduce time spent adjusting heating/cooling and prevent errors from cold hands
- Cupholder to keep caffeine handy and spills at bay
- Data dock for phone charging and keyboard/mouse input
- RollerVision to quickly pull in a monitor for a closer look and for overall ease of adjustments
- GREENGUARD Gold certification to promote healthy air
Selecting the right imaging desk is key to maximizing the benefits of speech recognition in radiology. For more information on Xybix imaging desks and the complementary services we provide, reach out to us today.
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