USA Today reports on an advanced voice-recognition software now being tested in hospitals that can validate medical facts, spot inconsistencies, and ask follow-up questions as doctors using iPads dictate their notes into a patient's file.
If this works for doctors, why not lawyers? As we dictate a new lease, trust document, or custody agreement, the software could review prior information in our client's electronic file to correctly spell names, ask if we want to include additional assets already noted in the file, or note the lease needs a special provision because it is located in an enterprise zone or similar.
These are the types of technological changes that I've written about before, and were highlighted at ABA TECHSHOW 2012--changes that every lawyer who wants a successful future must continue to watch, and take action as appropriate. As Jim Calloway pointed out in his plenary session at ABA TECHSHOW, now is not the time to be behind the technology curve.
And let's not wait for the medical profession to show us the way, let's get the word out to Nuance and other tech companies that the legal profession wants to be the leader in the professional marketspace!