Sber Brings Clinical Voice AI to Russian Doctors
Russian tech and finance giant Sber has launched a clinical voice assistant service across the country after successful pilots in Moscow. The Voice2Med service developed by Sber’s Speech Technology Center is designed to understand medical terminology and fill out electronic health records (EHRS) automatically from listening to the doctor talk to the patient.
Voice2Med acts as an invisible secretary for doctors during discussions with patients. Doctors don’t have to take notes during conversations with patients or dictate what they can remember after it’s over. The conversation gets recorded, written down, and summarized by the AI for the doctor to look at and approve its addition to the patient’s EHR. According to Sber, Voice2Med helps doctors fill out documents 22% faster on average, boosting efficiency and enabling doctors to see more patients.
“Voice2Med improves the quality of medical documentation, develops workflow, is more efficient than template-based systems, and facilitates the standardization of medical vocabulary. The solution is already in use in 62 regions of Russia and is available for doctors with various specialties,” Speech Technology Center CEO Dmitry Dyrmovsky explained. “We are continuing to improve our product, develop new dictionaries, scale the solution, and optimize the work of surgeons, doctors who carry out endoscopies, and eventually general practitioners and neurologists, too.”
Clinical voice AI tools are rapidly becoming a standard part of healthcare IT in many countries. The U.S. has seen an explosion of funding and adoption of this kind of technology. Ambient medical voice AI startup DeepScribe recently raised $30 million, while doctor voice assistant startup Suki raised $55 million last month, and Notable picked up $100 million in November for similar tech. Specialized medical services are also a part of the trend as the investment dollars picked up by dental voice AI startup Bola and veterinarian-centered Talktoo attest. On the acquisition side, Oracle’s $28.3 billion purchase of health technology developer Cerner overshadows everything else in healthcare voice AI as Oracle explicitly described its plans to expand Cerner’s clinical voice assistants. And while Nuance is currently undergoing a $19.7 billion acquisition by Microsoft, that happened only after acquiring the medical voice AI startup Saykara.