Amazon Transcribe Medical: 5 things to know about the voice transcription technology

Amazon Web Services announced Dec. 2 that it will be launching a voice transcription service for physicians called Amazon Transcribe Medical, according to CNBC.

"Our overarching goal is to free up the doctor, so they have more attention going to where it should be directed," said Matt Wood, vice president of artificial intelligence at AWS. "And that's to the patient."

Here are five things to know about the technology:

1. The technology transcribes a patient visit and then inputs the text directly into patients' medical records.

2. Amazon Transcribe Medical is associated with Amazon Comprehend Medical, which is designed to allow developers to understand medical text and identify patient information, such as diagnosis, treatments, dosages, symptoms and signs.

3. The transcription service can be integrated into any device or app. However, AWS is making the service only available to customers using its cloud.

4. AWS teamed up with Cerner and transcription startup Suki to develop the technology. Mr. Wood said the company created the service due to the high demand for it.

5. Amazon Transcribe Medical is HIPAA-eligible. The service also has features to ensure the correct annotation of "domain specific language and abbreviations" that are common among clinicians.

Editor's note: This story was updated Dec. 2 at 2:45 p.m. CST.

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