Why Echo Dictation?
#1: Speed and accuracy
The technology is evolving quickly! According to Nuance (the maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking), creating text with their product is 3 times faster than typing and is up to 99% accurate.
This is, of course, according to them! To say it's "3 times faster" than typing makes me curious - because some people type at 20 wpm, and some pros type at 85 wpm.
I've read lots of reviews and watched several demos, though. The overall consensus is that it's a great product that is fast and pretty darn accurate.
#2: Research your heart out. You can say, "Go to drugs.com," or "Search the web for lorazepam. Highlight 'Ativan.' Copy this."
#3: Save your wrists! Reduce your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive strain injury.
#4: Import your word lists and create "standard text." This feature comes with the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium software (available for less than $200)
#5: Reduce errors from typos. Once you have a comprehensive dictionary and have "trained your dragon," you can just say "hydrochlorothiazide" without having to stop and think about spelling. But even common mistypes, like "gong" instead of "going," can be avoided.
It costs money. Unless your company provides you with the software, you would have to invest in it yourself. However, advanced text expansion software (i.e. Instant Text 7 Pro - love it!) costs about the same. But it doesn't have nearly the same capabilities as Dragon does.
Confidentiality. You would need privacy if you're dictating confidential reports.
It takes a bit of time to really get used to it. I think it's worth it, but there would be a learning curve there.
If you have a dinosaur PC, new software such as this is probably not suitable for you.
So is it worth it?
If you have a modern PC, (2003 or later)
If you have a private workspace/office
If you can afford $100 to $200
If you can spare a bit of time
I think it is very worth it.
MORE on how to earn $$$ and increase your productivity with Dragon, coming soon!