Next Generation Technologies Marks Six-Year Success With Local Urology Practice to Achieve Efficiencies in Patient Management

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Use of leading speech recognition technology saves time and money for the physicians and their staff.

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 is an absolutely integral part of my daily functioning now.

Next Generation Technologies, Inc. has announced that their six-year partnership with Dr. Erik Torgerson and the Swedish Urology Group has made it possible for the medical practice to completely and successfully change the way they document patient care. The relationship, which launched when Next Generation Technologies introduced the practice to Dragon® Medical Practice Edition, speech-enabled the physicians’ and staff workflow and eliminated their need for a transcriptionist.

“Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 is an absolutely integral part of my daily functioning now,” says Dr. Torgerson. “It allows me to put a quality product on paper in a short period of time, which I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. If I were forced to use my typing skills, my notes would be much shorter and much less detailed.”

Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2, the industry’s leading speech recognition technology, is designed to help medical practices with 24 physicians or less streamline their office workflows, increase overall productiveness, and successfully enable clinicians to dictate patient notes faster than ever before. As the physician speaks their chartnote, the software can simultaneously transcribe directly into an electronic medical record (EMR), open other computer programs, and search the web for information to assist in the documentation of patient records. Dr. Torgerson adopted the urology-specific module of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 from the start and says that others who watch him using it with patients are amazed at how accurately it recognizes the complexity of his vocabulary. His practice includes five physicians and one assistant.

“If I didn’t have this software and had to type everything myself, my productivity would be decreased and my frustration would be increased,” said Dr. Torgerson. “Features like the customizable macros let me insert very lengthy and technical blocks of text and commonly used phrases with one simple voice command, which saves me a significant amount of time as well as headaches.”

When it comes to maintenance, training needs, and staying on top of the latest upgrades, Dr. Torgerson says he leaves that in the hands of the Next Generation Technologies team. He relies on them for all of his service and technical issues, which means he can focus his attention on patient and practice management concerns. He is confident that any issues regarding his Dragon Medical Practice Edition software or dictation devices will be taken care of by Next Generation Technologies team.

For Dr. Torgerson and his colleagues at Swedish Urology Group, success and satisfaction with Dragon Medical software can largely be attributed to the quality training they receive. Next Generation Technologies provides onsite and remote one-on-one and group trainings as needed to deliver the resources and support that allows each physician to achieve their highest level of productivity.

For more information about Next Generation Technologies, Inc., Dragon Medical Practice Edition, and Next Generations Technologies’ other products and services, visit

About Next Generation Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1993 in Seattle, Washington, Next Generation Technologies, Inc. provides Dragon Medical Practice Edition speech recognition technology, a full range of related products, and professional support services to the healthcare industry. Next Generation Technologies also offers operational workflow analysis, implementation design planning, pre- and post-deployment technical services, remote and onsite training services, as well as system customization for the Dragon Medical product line.

Next Generation Technologies has implemented Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 and related technologies within a broad range of healthcare environments from solo/small practice and clinic group practices to large groups and their affiliated hospitals. Recent deployments include direct implementation with EHR applications including EPIC, GE Centricity, Cerner PowerChart, Phoenix Ortho, NextGen, Allscripts, Amazing Charts, eClinical Works, GMed, Lytek, Practice Fusion, Varian, and others. They provide customized implementations utilizing the data distribution utility to optimize initial recognition accuracy, and offer additional scripting services to increase efficiencies while reducing time to completion for medical chart generation.

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Edward Rosenthal