Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 Speech Recognition

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Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 is now Discontinued

Nuance has formally announced the "End-of-Sale for Dragon Medical Practice Edition" effective December 31, 2020.  This means no new or additional licenses may be purchased after this date.  The official Nuance Maintenance period for these products will remain active until December 31, 2022. No maintenance or support services will be provided for Dragon Medical Practice Edition products after the end of 2022.

Consider the new Dragon Medical One Cloud-based Speech Recognition for medical professionals.

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Australian based technical support & user training

VoiceX is one of Australia's largest dictation & voice recognition specialists.  We are proud to be a fully authorised Nuance Healthcare Reseller, Technical Support and Training Partner.  Our Australian based, in-house technical support team and offer a range of support & training options, including;

  • Remote & on-site end-user training options
  • Group training options
  • Train-the-trainer
  • Pay-As-You-Go technical support
  • Annual Maintenance & Support Agreements 
Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 includes 12 months free VoiceX Technical Support

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 - Superior speech recognition for medical professionals

Powered by Nuance's next-generation speech engine, Nuance® Dragon® Medical Practice Edition 4 achieves 99% accuracy out of the box without voice profile training. Dragon Medical is the go-to speech recognition solution for more than 10,000 healthcare facilities and 500,000 physicians worldwide. Dragon Medical solutions ensure 300 million patient stories get told accurately every year.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 now includes improved accent models for UK English, Australian accented English, Indian accented English, South East Asia accented English. Option for "accents not otherwise specified" is also available.

Speech Recognition - the ultimate artificial intelligence

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 offers even more speech recognition accuracy. Deep learning and neural networks mimic the way the human brain recognises and learns patterns and allows the software to continuously adapt to the user’s voice pattern, dialect and accent. The ambient acoustics of the user’s environment is also taken into account helping automatically refine performance to remain precise and accurate even when dictating in noisy clinic situations.

Transcribe immediately & accurately into any PC application

Physicians and other health care providers navigate and dictate medical decision-making and treatment plans directly into a patient’s electronic record, email, or template and spend less time typing or clicking. Doctors can document patient stories more completely for improved documentation.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 speeds clinician productivity and improves practice management / electronic hospital health records software usability when Doctors create documentation with dictation and voice commands—three times faster than most people can type or click with a mouse. Doctors build a personalized experience available across workstations by setting auto-formatting options and using a single voice command to create customized auto-texts for frequently dictated content. A movable DragonBar provides easy access to popular features and automatically collapses when not in use.

Superior speech recognition designed specifically for medical use

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 combines 90 medical speciality and sub-speciality vocabularies with acoustic models based on the unique way physicians speak—audio, syntax, style and structure—resulting in remarkable accuracy. Advanced Deep Learning technology constantly learns and adapts to voice and environmental variations—even during dictation—continuously improving performance.

Optimised for touch-screens

Along with high performance on modern desktop and laptop Windows computers, Dragon Medical Practice Edition delivers documentation productivity on the go through compatibility with Windows 10 touchscreen devices. Hybrid touch and keyboard interaction work seamlessly for controlling the DragonBar and other features.

NB:   It is important to note that Dragon Medical can not run on the iPad etc.  A Windows operating system must be installed. If you wish to utilise a tablet-style device we recommend considering something similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro.  As will all software please check the specifications of your computer to ensure they meet the criteria required for Dragon Medical.  

Licensed per author - not per computer

Dragon Medical now allows you to install the software wherever you work. Desktop, laptop on a Terminal Server - at home, your practice or the hospital - all with the one license.  You can even install Dragon Medical on your typist's computer for 3rd party transcription.  

A wide selection of microphones and recorders

Not all microphones are created equal and there are no "one-size-fits-all".  Selecting the right kind of microphone to suit how you dictate, where you dictate and what applications you dictate into is can make all the difference when it comes to your speech recognition accuracy.

Microphones should be noise-cancelling - preferably with noise-isolating features - and designed with speech recognition in mind.

It is also important to consider what your main objective is for speech recognition when selecting your microphone style.  For example, if you are wanting to dictate directly into and navigate around a template or practise management software - you may wish to consider a USB Dictation Microphone such as the Philips SpeechMike Premium or the new wireless SpeechMIke Premium Air which was designed specifically for use with speech recognition.

There are many different styles of microphones that can be used for speech recognition, including; handheld microphones with navigation control (such as SpeechMike Premium), portable dictation recorders - ideal for off-line speech recognition (such as the new Philips SpeechAir) and of course headset microphones for those who require a hands-free way of working.

Contact us to speak with one of our speech recognition specialists for advice.

Dragon Medical Training

Speech recognition is a new way of working for many people and VoiceX strongly recommends users new to speech recognition have at least one-hour user training.

You will find all of our Dragon products that are available for purchase have installation, training and annual support subscription options.  However, you can talk to VoiceX to find out about how we can tailor a Dragon Training solution for your specific requirements.

VoiceX offers a wide range of Dragon training programs;

  • Remote one-one-one end-user training
  • On-site one-on-one end-user training
  • On-site group user training
  • Train-the-trainer programs
  • Increase & maintain the accuracy
  • Correctly "correct" Dragon misrecognised words
  • Personalise your vocabulary
  • Create simple voice command shortcuts
  • Optimize & manage your Dragon Profile
  • Create advanced macros and commands

VoiceX can train you how to;

In addition, VoiceX can also create and rollout to all users within your company;

  • Customised, advanced commands - specific to your software applications (advanced scripting)
  • Customised word lists - which may include acronyms and abbreviations specific to your company/industry

Who do we assist?

VoiceX assists both large hospitals, specialist medical groups as well as individuals GP's and specialists to increase their document production speed and efficiency. Some of our clients include;

  • Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
  • Genetic Services WA
  • Healius
  • Clinical Labs
  • NSW Health Pathology
  • John Hunter Hospital
  • Lismore Pathology
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Royal Hobart Hospital
  • Pathwest
  • Royal Children's Hospital
  • Calvary Mater Hospital

No matter what the reason you need to use Dragon, VoiceX can teach you how you can get the most out of your Dragon.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 Minimum & Suggested PC Requirements

Please Note: As with all Dragon software - Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 is a Windows-only software.  If you are running an Apple Mac Environment please contact our support team for advice on how you can use your Mac computer with Dragon Medical.

Like most software developers Nuance advertises the software's minimum PC requirements for their software to be installed and operate. We would like to point out however that these are the MINIMUM requirements only and whilst the program will run you will find it will be less accurate and slower. Lower operating specs will also increase the instance of your system freezing.

Dragon is a powerful program and it is important to take into consideration the other programs you will be running with Dragon in a realistic, daily environment. If you are running several demanding applications simultaneously increasing the processor and RAM will improve the overall Dragon performance.

Official "Dragon Medical Practice Edition 4 Minimum PC Requirments"
  • Ram:     Minimum 4 GB for 32-bit Windows 7, 8.x and 104GB for 64-bit Windows 7, 8.x, 10 and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, Windows Server 2012, 64-bit
  • CPU:     Minimum 2Hz Intel Dual Core or equivalent AMD processor with 2 MB processor cache supporting SSE2 instruction set.
  • Free hard disk space: 5GB

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 8.x 32 bit and 64 bit
  • Windows 10 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 64 bit
  • Windows Server 2012, 64 bit
  • Supports Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016

Internet Explorer 9 or higher, or the current version of Chrome, or Firefox for Online Help & a soundcard supporting 16-bit recording (or USB input device recommended)

Recommended PC Specifications
Suggested PC Requirements to enhance your Dragon's performance

In a typical Windows 10 environment we would find the below specifications acceptable;

  • 8 GB RAM
  • i5 CPU
  • 7200 RPM hard drive
  • Windows 8 64-bit OS or Windows 10 64-bit OS

For those users wanting the most optimal specifications VoiceX recommends the following;

  • 16 GB DDR4-1600 RAM
  • i7 Quad-Core CPU
  • Solid State Drive
  • Window 10 64-bit OS or Windows 7 64-bit OS

If you are restricted by the capabilities of your computer, we strongly suggest considering Dragon Medical One Cloud-based Speech Recognition.  Processing for Dragon Medical One is performed in the cloud only minimum computer specs are required.


  • Is Dragon Medical One compatible with Apple Mac?

  • How many computers can I install Dragon Medical on?

  • How often do I need to renew Dragon Medical One

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