HIMSS12: Nuance Introduces Two Clinical Language Understanding Solutions for Healthcare

Nuance’s Clinical Language Understanding-powered Solutions Help Healthcare Organizations Capture, Understand and Use Massive Amounts of Clinical Data to Improve Patient Outcomes and Drive Appropriate Reimbursement

Booth #3523

LAS VEGAS--()--Nuance Communications, Inc., (NASDAQ: NUAN), today introduced from HIMSS 2012 two Clinical Language Understanding (CLU)-powered solutions, Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist and Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics. These language understanding solutions are purpose-built to assist healthcare enterprises battling the pressures of ICD-10 and Meaningful Use, and working to overcome healthcare’s challenge with “big data” – the ability to collect, process, interpret and then utilize information.

An extension to Nuance’s voice-driven clinical documentation workflow, M.D.Assist and QualityAnalytics will empower healthcare organizations to capture a complete and accurate patient story through the utilization of advanced voice technologies, as well as transform and leverage what has been captured with CLU in ways that have never been possible.

“The opportunity to extract value from clinical information is enormous; it’s a challenge we’ve evolved our healthcare IT portfolio to take-on,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Healthcare. “Advanced voice and language understanding solutions make possible the capture of the complete patient story and enable unprecedented access and interaction with the data that has been captured. Through the use of CLU-powered solutions, healthcare organizations can process clinical information and assign meaning to it for use within other healthcare IT platforms and across the healthcare ecosystem.”

From HIMSS, Nuance will introduce two language understanding solutions that will enhance the way clinical data is analyzed and put to use in support of regulatory compliance, improved care, and overall business good across the healthcare enterprise.

  • Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist – Developed in cooperation with 3M Health Information Systems, M.D.Assist will help healthcare organizations improve clinical efficiency, drive appropriate reimbursement, and optimize coding workflow. M.D.Assist monitors physician documentation, automatically detecting missing information and when necessary, interactively prompts physicians while documenting for additional detail to ensure what is ultimately documented complies with ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding standards.
  • Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics – Through the use of QualityAnalytics, the process of identifying key clinical and quality indicators from large volumes of narrative clinical data is now possible. With on-demand searching and analytics capabilities, healthcare organizations can easily identify quality measures, patients at risk for readmission, and supporting documentation when faced with RAC audits more efficiently than manual chart review, and can leverage data to concurrently address concerns while patients are still being treated.

“When clinical documentation is built from rich, accurate information there is tremendous opportunity to extend its value – to analyze it and understand it so it can help to drive operational and clinical benefits,” said Judy Hanover, Research Director at IDC Health Insights. “Doctors today work in a variety of settings and in many instances it is up to technology to support each and every scenario so bad data capture does not occur. The insertion of voice technologies as part of the clinical workflow has resulted in real benefits associated with productivity, quality and cost. With the introduction of language understanding technologies the industry can look beyond traditional capture hurdles and begin to explore how best to leverage and interact with data.”

Beyond efficient, voice-driven data capture, with CLU, data is categorized in compliance with the Health Level Seven International (HL7) Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) to ensure that key clinical elements such as problems, social history, medications, allergies, and procedures are identified for reference. By tagging such key clinical data, CLU makes it possible for applications across the healthcare spectrum to process and understand clinical information that otherwise would only exist in free-form text.

As part of Nuance’s longstanding effort to extend the value of clinical data to help the enterprise make smarter clinical, compliance and business decisions, the Company is also pushing efforts to make the mobilization of care and, more specifically, electronic health records, a reality through the use of intuitive voice recognition technology. The Company recently hosted its first-ever Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge. The winners of this competition will be chosen based on the most innovative uses of voice recognition for the mobile clinician and will be announced later this week at HIMSS12.

Please visit Nuance Healthcare at booth #3523 to gain insight into the full portfolio of voice and language understanding solutions. Product demonstrations will be available throughout HIMSS12. You can also follow Nuances’ insight at HIMSS12 via Twitter, @NUAN_Healthcare or visit this link for more detail: http://www.nuance.com/landing-pages/healthcare/HIMSS2012/.


QualityAnalytics is available for purchase by healthcare organizations this month, February 2012. M.D.Assist will become available next month, March 2012. For more information on both products, please visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/understand-everything/index.htm.

Nuance Healthcare

Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information. Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise. These solutions are proven to increase clinician satisfaction and HIT adoption, supporting organizations to achieve Meaningful Use of EHR systems and transform to the accountable care model. Recognized as “Best-in-KLAS” 2004-2011 for Voice Recognition we invite you to learn more, http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.

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Release Summary

Nuance introduces from HIMSS 2012 two Clinical Language Understanding (CLU)-powered solutions, Dragon Medical 360 | M.D.Assist and Dragon Medical 360 | QualityAnalytics.


Nuance Communications, Inc.
Michelle Mangino, 781-565-4073