‘More for less’ is a current motif of the health care headlines. The use of digital dictation and speech/voice recognition in hospitals around the UK is already demonstrating a rare combination: an increase in activity (productivity) and cash savings. The BCS Health Informatics (Northern) Specialist Group tapped into local North West expertise to find out what is happening. Phil Paterson reports.

The speakers at the group’s meeting were Margaret Cosens, then at NHS Connecting for Health and previously programme manager at The Countess of Chester Hospital, and Keith Richardson, PACS, DD and VR Lead, Chief Information and Knowledge Office, NHS North West.

Margaret Cosens led a project at the Countess ...

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