Monday, September 19, 2011

Webkit-Based Development Revisited

I've made references to Webkit-based technologies in prior posts to this blog and in some early articles. For example,

Click here (2011) and here (2008).

I've also been referring to HTML5 of late. For example,

Click here and here

And way back, I've referred to A/B testing. For example,

Click here (2009)

For a presentation from NetFlix that pulls together these and other related topics,

Click here. The download of this 7 MB pdf file may take awhile if you have a slow connection.

Comment: While you may not be working on a project exactly like the one the authors discuss, you may find its information interesting nonetheless. I did.

As the default browser for both iPhone and Android, WebKit has become a major player in the mobile arena, offering a wider array of HTML5 and CSS3 support than any other major engine. For a soon-to-be-available book, see

This book gets you started with WebKit and shows you how to maximize HTML5 and CSS3 features in WebKit, and it addresses ways to optimize your web site for mobile devices and enhance the mobile user experience.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Speech Recognition With General and Medical Vocabularies Revisited II

A Google search on “mba md programs” brings back over 12 million results, many of which are the particulars of the hundreds of MD/MBA programs now offered by leading universities.

This means that medical practices are now incorporating modern business models and that, in turn, means that practice managers and their accountants are not only looking for ways to cut costs as they have in the past but are now also looking for ways to establish new profit centers. Many times, speech-to-text tools like Dragon Medical Practice Edition provide the solution to one or both.

Nuance will this month release Dragon Medical Practice Edition, an upgrade to its medical speech recognition tool for small offices that should even further reduce transcription costs by making it easierier to enter data into an EHR.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition is similar to Nuance's existing Dragon speech recognition options for health care in that it allows health care workers to create medical notes directly in an EHR system in real time.

The new version has a number of time-saving features: for example, it alerts the user and offers advice when a poor audio input caused by incorrect microphone connection or background noise is detected. And that’s just the beginning.

Existing and new users can click here for the results of a YouTube search on “Dragon Medical Practice Edition”

These voice-translation videos fall roughly into the following three categories:

• Technical topics such as profile optimization

• Nuance and other tutorials

• Case studies narrated by practicing physicians

These YouTube videos and my prior posts on speech-to-text translation offer a pretty comprehensive introduction to speech recognition software in general and Dragon Medical software in particular. Check them out.