Increased adoption of speech recognition technology is transforming our world for the better in many ways. Perhaps one of the best-known examples of speech recognition technology is Siri, Apple’s charming addition to the iPhone 4s in 2011.

While Siri had her time in the sun, speech recognition continues to advance. From improving healthcare to giving more people access to everyday technology, speech recognition capabilities are incorporated into much more than the phone you’ve got in your pocket.

Improving Healthcare

Since about 2015, nurse practitioner Rachel Moscicki has been leading the charge toward adoption of speech-to-text technology in the medical field. If nurses use voice recognition systems to record their appointments, they can save time writing charts for patients. This optimizes operations, increasing the number of patients they can see on a given day. It also ensures a higher level of accuracy in reporting exchanges between medical professionals and their patients.

Increasing Accessibility

Just a few years ago, Amazon launched the Echo, a speaker that translates your verbal commands into shopping lists, calendars, and much more. Alexa has become a tool for underserved communities to get the equal access to the technology they deserve.

Recent use of Alexa in the care of seniors with dementia has proved incredibly helpful for caregivers and seniors alike. Seniors can use Alexa to answer questions like, “What day is it?” and “What’s playing on TV tonight?” as often as they need to ask. Although an Amazon Echo is no replacement for real human conversation, the technology brings relief to caregivers by answering repeated questions and allowing access to the web to those who might not use a computer.

Boosting Work Efficiency

Speech-to-text technology also offers many time-saving benefits. Here are some of our team’s favorites ways to be more efficient with Alexa:

  • Make your weekly to-do list while washing the dishes
  • Set timers and convert measurements while cooking
  • DJ an office party without pressing a single button
  • Call your phone when you’ve misplaced it
  • Tell a bedtime story to the kids

But, the true depth of this efficiency is often understated. Speech recognition technology makes multitasking easier than ever. Psychology Today has been making arguments in favor of multitasking since 2011. Of course, they and other critics of multitasking recognize that there are “good” and “bad” ways to multitask. Using speech-to-text technology to combine verbal tasks like dictation with physical tasks like cooking or driving is pretty effective.


The power and use cases of speech recognition continue to grow. If you have a creative use for this type of technology that’s not mentioned above, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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