Don Rucker: Natural language processing and speech recognition in health care


ONC chief says natural language processing and speech recognition technologies have advanced and will aid health care transformation

Don Rucker, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS, says the advances being made in natural language processing and speech recognition technologies will help to transform health care.

Dr. Rucker was a keynote speaker at the Center for Connected Medicine’s Top of Mind 2019 Summit on Dec. 6, 2018 in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rucker joked that he and others in health IT have been saying for a long time that these technologies were just around the corner. But it’s truly the case now.

“In the 80s and 90s we used to always say that speech recognition was just two years away. We said that for several decades. But I truly believe it, maybe because I’m still an optimist,” Dr. Rucker said.

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During his appearance at Top of Mind 2019, Dr. Rucker also sat down with the CCM to discuss price transparency in health care, the potential of application programming interfaces (APIs), and White House support for interoperability. Watch videos from the interview.

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What to the experts think? Find out more about the panelists who spoke with Aneesh Chopra during a CCM webinar on interoperability.

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