Posted by Alyssa Therrien-Coulombe on 10/19/21 1:59 PM
Alyssa Therrien-Coulombe



Have you ever used speech to text to write your texts?

Voice dictation is a tool that allows you to speak and transform words to a text version on a computer or cellphone, for example. For professionals who take notes when meeting with clients, this can be useful and save valuable time.

It was in 1952, in the Bell labs, that voice recognition began. The researchers then created the Audrey system, which was able to recognize a string of dictated digits with pauses between them.

Then, in the 2000s, the arrival of Google Voice Search allowed an exponential development on the subject, allowing up to 80% precision in speech recognition.

Today, with Siri, Alexa and Google Home, voice recognition has become normal, and the accuracy is phenomenal thanks to artificial intelligence. In addition, speech to text is now available on cellphones, web browsers, software, as well as computer and television operating systems.

Using voice recognition in the course of your work is quite achievable and can you save precious minutes. For GOrendezvous electronic charting users, it's possible to add an extension on your web browser or use the integrated option of your tablet to dictate your notes, which will be automatically added of your clients’ files.

Benefits of speech recognition

  • Very effective

The tools are increasingly sophisticated and precise, now with 95% word accuracy, Google has the most advanced tool. To add punctuation, you just have to say what you want, for example, saying “period” to close the sentence.

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  • Faster

It’s much faster to dictate, so you can save time on every appointment.

  • Freedom

Speaking instead of writing frees your hands and allows you to do several things simultaneously, for example, you can assess your client and dictate your observations at the same time.

Disadvantages of speech recognition

  • Errors

Obviously, misprints can sneak into the interpretation of the language, it can also be difficult to create more complex paragraphs and text structures.

  • Confidentiality

Writing allows for a certain confidentiality since the information cannot be heard by others. It is therefore important to make sure that you are alone with the client before using voice dictation.

How to activate voice recognition on your device



On a Mac computer, you can easily activate the option by clicking the Apple menu at the top of your screen and selecting System Preferences. Click the Dictation & Speech icon in the System Preferences pane and ensure Dictation is On. You can then press the control button on the keyboard twice, and this will activate voice dictation to write wherever you want.



Open Settings. Go to Ease Of Access and click the setting for Speech. Enable the switch to Turn On Speech Recognition. To enable voice dictation on Windows 10, press Windows logo key + H on a keyboard or press the microphone key next to the space bar on the touch keyboard. To stop it, say a voice command such as “Stop listening” or press the “microphone” button in the voice input menu.



Activate the speech to text option by going to Settings> General> Keyboard. Activate the Enable Dictation option. Then when you want to use the option, you just have to click the microphone on the onscreen keyboard, then speak. When you're finished, tap the keyboard icon.


On an Android install Gboard and then long-press the microphone in the keyboard, this allows you to use voice dictation directly, no matter where you want to write.

Speech to text remains a free and easy-to-use solution that saves you time. This is a great option to consider for people who need to take a lot of notes in their work. You’ll enjoy the freedom given by this powerful tool!

Curious about trying electronic charting and using speech recognition for your digital note-taking? Try for free here.


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