Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced increasing adoption of its clinical language understanding (CLU) technology to help healthcare organizations achieve Meaningful Use and deliver structured data for various regulatory, quality reporting and coding initiatives. Among the organizations utilizing Nuance’s CLU technology are Epic and other leading electronic health record (EHR) and health IT vendors; prestigious health systems, including Landmark Hospitals; as well as more than 500 healthcare application developers that are integrating cloud-based CLU and medical speech recognition from Nuance Healthcare’s Development Platform.
“By integrating Nuance’s clinical language understanding and speech recognition with our electronic health record, our physicians get the best of both worlds in the workflow that suits them – they can efficiently capture the complete patient narrative and the discrete details needed to populate the EHR are automatically pulled in one fell swoop,” said Joe Morris, chief technology officer, Landmark Hospitals. “Considering the increased documentation complexity associated with current regulatory mandates, we are providing our physicians with intelligent technologies that simplify clinical documentation and allow physicians to focus on quality patient care.”
CLU Generates Actionable, Structured Health Data
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is currently addressing the challenge of structured data capture because it is a critical ingredient in broad-based information sharing, which will lead to improved patient care. Nuance’s CLU helps providers meet the ONC’s structured data capture requirement by enabling physicians to seamlessly document the complete patient story in their own language and workflow while simultaneously extracting the key clinical data required to meet broader regulatory mandates.“Our CLU technologies for healthcare are unique in that we are able to leverage our investments in industry-leading consumer voice and natural language understanding to optimize this technology for clinical use,” said Peter Durlach, senior vice president marketing, Nuance Healthcare. “We are committed to delivering solutions, like CLU, that help healthcare providers of all sizes tackle the tumultuous sea of regulatory change that they are facing today – from Meaningful Use to value-based purchasing.”