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Many anatomical pathology laboratories generally employ basic dictation tools for documentation of the gross and microscopic findings of surgical specimens. Those dictated findings and diagnoses are then transcribed into pathology reports and the laboratory information system (LIS).
Recently introduced speech recognition technology (SRT) offers the capability to recognize and convert speech directly into text for the LIS. This decreases turnaround time (TAT) without causing transcription errors and delays. Furthermore, SRT allows efficient workflow with free hands instant reporting, which is compliant with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) requirements.
Some SRT systems offer gross and microscopic templates for synoptic reporting that enhance productivity, starting at the pathology grossing station.