Nuance acquires MacSpeech

Nuance Communications has acquired MacSpeech, the market leading provider of speech recognition solutions for MacOS X.

Since its initial release in 2008, MacSpeech has been licensing Nuance’s Dragon dictation technology for inclusion in its products, however the solution never achieved feature parity with Nuance’s long-established Dragon NaturallySpeaking family of products, predominantly designed for Microsoft’s operating systems.

The development is particularly relevant for Australian specialists, many of whom have preferenced Macintosh computers in their practice settings. Unlike GPs who typically interact with their computers via a mouse and keyboard in the presence of their patients, significant numbers of specialists dictate their correspondence using portable devices, with the audio later transcribed by 3rd party transcription services or in-house staff.

Nuance has indicated that it will devote resources to accelerate the further development of MacSpeech, which is available in a medical specific version, and in a bundle with a transcription option that allows pre-recorded digital audio files to be converted to text.

“MacSpeech responded to the growing demand for a native Macintosh, high-quality speech recognition solution with MacSpeech Dictate integrated with the Dragon speech recognition engine,” said Andrew Taylor, president of MacSpeech. “We are excited to become part of the Nuance team and accelerate our ability to deliver great speech solutions to the Mac community.”

“We have heard from our customers — and from the Mac community at large — for years that they want Dragon for the Mac environment,” said Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager for Dragon, Nuance Communications.

Nuance has not yet released any new or updated MacOS X products since the acquisition of MacSpeech was announced.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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