BT to demonstrate new IT-based health services at EHI Live 2012


BT is to unveil two new innovative cloud-based services at this year’s EHI Live conference. The services – medical transcription and medical imaging – will be demonstrated on the BT stand during the conference at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 6-7 November 2012. The first service, medical transcription, will be launched early in the New Year. This uses innovative voice to text software from 3M, allowing users to dictate notes and letters from virtually anywhere, anytime, using any device such as a digital recorder, desk phone or smartphone. First draft documents are returned in less than an hour for review, editing and approval at a personal computer.

Simple to use, and with an accuracy of up to 99 per cent, the service cuts down the time taken on administration tasks and allows staff to respond more quickly to patients.

This will be followed by medical imaging, which provides faster and easier access to patient images such as x-rays and scans. The service stores, retrieves and shares images, and allows organisations to choose from different suppliers of picture archiving and communications systems and radiology information systems.

The images are stored on a vendor neutral archive, hosted on BT’s new health cloud, and are available from any convenient web browser 24 hours a day, enabling clinicians to access images faster and helping speed up diagnosis.

Medical imaging and medical transcription are the first of a range of cloud services BT plans to launch in the coming months. Others include interoperability, analytics and electronic document management services.