Dragon Medical/NaturallySpeaking and Google Chrome

Google Chrome Many physicians who use web-based EMRs such as Med Access are making the shift to Google Chrome from Internet Explorer. Google Chrome is fast, it’s sleek, it’s new and catching on. However, physicians who use Dragon Medical with such EMRs are quickly discovering that Dragon does not behave within Google Chrome as it does in Internet Explorer.

Dragon relies on text regions complying with typical Windows API. Most standard applications such as MS Word, MS Outlook, Internet Explorer and so on allow Dragon to fully function within those text regions.

However, some applications, such as Google Chrome, lack that same full featured functionality.

Examples of full functionality/compatibility (aka Select-and-Say or Full Text Control):

  • The ability to select or correct previously dictated text AFTER you leave the text region or window.
  • The ability to use navigation commands AFTER you leave the text region or window.
  • The ability to use quick editing commands AFTER you leave the text region or window.
  • Automatic capitalization of a new paragraph or sentence AFTER you leave the text region or window.

Examples of partial functionality/compatibility:

  • The ability to select or correct previously dictated text PROVIDED you do not touch the mouse cursor or move out of the text region or window.
  • The ability to use navigation commands PROVIDED you do not touch the mouse cursor or move out of the text region or window.
  • The ability to use quick editing commands PROVIDED you do not touch the mouse cursor or move out of the text region or window.
  • Automatic capitalization of a new paragraph or sentence (but not the VERY first one dictated) PROVIDED you do not touch the mouse cursor or move out of the text region or window.

Examples of no functionality/compatibility:

  • No ability to select or correct previously dictated text EVEN if you remain within the text region or window without touching the mouse.
  • No ability to use navigation commands EVEN if you remain within the text region or window without touching the mouse.
  • No ability to use quick editing commands EVEN if you remain within the text region or window without touching the mouse.
  • No automatic capitalization of a new paragraph or sentence EVEN if you remain within the text region or window without touching the mouse.

What about Google Chrome?

Google Chrome falls into the category of Partial Functionality/Compatibility. Do you need to use the Dictation Box? Not if you employ appropriate techniques for contending with these limitations. However, if you ever encounter an EMR or application that has No Functionality/Compatibility, the Dictation Box will be your only choice (or dictating in DragonPad and copying and pasting).

If you use Dragon commands to click on links within your web-based EMR, you will find that Google Chrome does not respond the same way. Such integration does not yet exist. However, you can create custom commands to perform the same functions. Likewise, if Speakeasy Solutions assisted you with creating custom commands to perform repetitious functions (such as ordering prescriptions and so on), these commands theoretically should work in Google Chrome, but may require some adjustment — call us and we’ll help you adjust these if need be.

In Closing

If you would like to discuss this subject further, workarounds that suit your workflow, custom commands and other techniques for enhancing your dictating experience, please contact us to arrange a training session. We will be happy to help you save time and relieve some of these frustrations.

All in all, Google Chrome is a little less compliant with Dragon Medical and Dragon NaturallySpeaking than it is with Mozilla Firefox. However, I found for raw dictation, Dragon performed better in Google Chrome than Mozilla Firefox.

Perhaps in time Dragon will operate fully within both Google Chrome and Firefox. Only time will tell.

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One Response to Dragon Medical/NaturallySpeaking and Google Chrome

  1. HansG says:

    a Google search turned up this blog entry — extremely useful, thank you. One wishes that Google Chrome would indeed integrate better, since it’s such a sleek browser.

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