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Nuance and MITRE Team Up to Fight Cancer with AI, Speech Recognition and Data Interoperability

From Find Biometrics

In the fight against cancer, data is key. Accurate, robust patient data that is interoperable between use cases not only helps researchers in their efforts to understand the disease, but it also aids oncologists in providing safe and effective treatments. That’s why a recently announced strategic partnership between Nuance Communications and R&D organization MITRE stands to make a difference in the healthcare world.

The collaboration will see Nuance’s Dragon Medical One speech recognition platform working in tandem with MITRE’s mCODE – a set of data elements that, by establishing baseline standards for oncology-related health records, aims to enhance the information available in the war on cancer.

“Every interaction between a clinician and a cancer patient provides high-quality data that could lead to safer care, improved outcomes, and lower costs,” said MITRE’s Chief Medical and Technology Officer, Dr. Jay Schnitzer. “But first, we need data that is standardized and collected in a computable manner so it can be aggregated with data from many other patients and analyzed for best practices. And it must be collected in a streamlined way that doesn’t burden the clinicians. The Nuance offering will enhance this effort.”

Nuance’s Dragon Medical One solution is already playing an important role in patient care. The cloud-based speech recognition technology transcribes medical notes by dictation in accordance with industry standards, while also offering frictionless record retrieval via voice command. This process ensures accurate patient records while relieving administrative pressure on clinics and hospitals without burdening increasingly time-poor doctors. Incorporating mCODE will further improve the solution’s efficacy in oncological use cases.

“Collecting clinical data specific to oncology treatment has traditionally been a difficult task to overcome,” said Diana Nole, EVP and GM of Healthcare at Nuance. “Combining Nuance’s AI expertise with the mCODE data standard provides oncologists with the ability to easily collect and gain access to critical outcome data by simply using their voice to securely dictate notes and search within the EHR using Nuance Dragon Medical One.”

Nuance is an active player in the healthcare space, and this partnership with MITRE is the most recent example of its commitment to the market. In June, the company teamed up with Wolters Kluwer to bring new search features to Dragon Medical One. And in July the company expanded its partnership with Cerner Corporation to encompass its virtual assistant technology.

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