From personal healthcare devices that monitor your health to surgical robots that increase precision and reduce post-op risks, digital technology in healthcare is spreading like a disease. Text to speech can further enhance digital health technology by speech-enabling health apps, websites, nurse call systems in hospitals, and portable health devices synthetic voices that are so lifelike, it’s hard to tell the difference between them and a human voice. Here are 5 ways text-to-speech technology promotes digital healthcare adoption:
- Patients can be verbally reminded to check their blood pressure in the form of an alert, and so text to speech increases the accessibility and usability of portable health trackers.
- For health information on the web, text to speech helps patients understand digital content by offering an audio version. This is especially helpful for those with literacy difficulties, learning disabilities, reduced vision, language learners, the growing elderly population, and anyone else looking for a simpler way to access digital content on the go.
- Text to speech can read aloud important medical information to patients such as descriptions of diseases, prescriptions, and drug information leaflets. This type of content needs to be well understood to avoid misuse, and giving this option to patients is not only convenient but important for their health.
- Roughly 3.9 million patients in US hospitals each year cannot activate a traditional nurse call device, while they remain cognitively intact. Text to speech allows patients to accurately communicate their needs with technology such as Noddle nurse call devices that use embedded text to speech.
- Adding text-to-speech functionality on a pharmaceutical company’s or large not-for-profit healthcare system’s digital platforms extends the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CSR has been shown to boost financial performance, elevate reputation, improve sales, increase employee retention and open doors to capital and funding.
It’s impossible to deny the growing presence of digital technologies in healthcare today. But many individuals are reluctant to adopt new tools, such as a personal data tracker. According to Stephen F. Deangelis of Enterra Solutions: “Despite such reluctance, the bottom line is that patient monitoring could dramatically improve healthcare and decrease costs.” That’s why caregivers and healthcare professionals play a crucial role in helping these technologies become easily accessible to everyone. The quicker we recognize the digital revolution in healthcare, the quicker we will be able to benefit from it. For more information on why text to speech technology is important for a business or organization, download our e-book:
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