Innovatrics, Nuance join coronavirus fight, make solutions available for free

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Innovatrics has partnered with Microsoft and Asseco to create a new application that can locate and test people who are at risk of getting infected with coronavirus in Slovakia, based on its now-free-to-use ID verification solution, the company announced.

With volunteer help, the ID document reader was tested in a HackVirus hackathon. After they answer questions in a questionnaire, the app will determine users’ risk based on their symptoms and location. People identified as high-risk will be tested at home by a doctor.

“From our experience with digital onboarding in the financial sector, we know that quickly filling out data is paramount for the user to save time during the registration process. Our ID verification takes care of that automatically, and we are glad that HackVirus used it to help people in difficult situations,” said Daniel Ferak, Head of Product at Innovatrics, in a prepared statement.

Innovatrics claims the app is fast and accurate, works even with subpar lighting conditions or lower quality photographs, and can help keep emergency rooms from getting overcrowded.

“When we initially deployed ID reading, we weren’t satisfied with any solution found on the market either due to their accuracy or ease of use. We, therefore, decided to roll out our own solution based on specially trained deep neural networks, which are able to read even rotated or badly-lit documents with high precision,” said Peter Martis, Director of Global Sales, in a prepared statement.

Nuance Covid-19 content kit available for free

Nuance Communications has made available its Covid-19 documentation templates for free to Nuance Dragon Medical users, respectively 500,000 physicians worldwide, the company announced.

“These unprecedented circumstances call on everybody to contribute their strengths and expertise to help overcome the challenges,” said Joe Petro, Nuance CTO, in a company announcement. “We are able to step up immediately because of our healthcare domain knowledge and deep experience in understanding and creating solutions for the very complex problems our customers face. It’s a continuous process of listening and innovating that takes on even greater meaning and importance in times like these.”

The content kit is electronic health record (EHR)-agnostic and was created based on guidelines for coding and reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To speed up the process, healthcare professionals can use the templates to keep track of vital patient information, symptoms and mortality risk. Physicians at Nebraska Medicine asked to use the templates to improve patient processing and reduce stress.

“We asked Nuance to create a solution that we could securely deploy via the cloud and enable doctors to capture the patient stories accurately while under extraordinary pressure. The Nuance team quickly delivered the capabilities our clinicians needed to improve their ability to provide care now and inform treatment decisions as the pandemic evolves,” said Dr. Michael Ash, EVP-Chief Transformation Officer of Nebraska Medicine and Vice Chancellor of Information and Technology for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in the statement.

Nuance is also delivering free ad-on licenses and services for physicians, nurses, and radiologists to process large numbers of patients.

The Covid-19 Content Pack is immediately available for all Dragon Medical One, Dragon Medical Network Edition, and Dragon Medical Practice Edition users.

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