Language-based learning software becoming popular
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Language-based learning software becoming popular

Around the world, there are hundreds of different languages individuals use to communicate and thousands of distinct dialects. Language is one of the elements that links human beings together. There have been many recent developments in the information technology industry that reveal the influence communications have on all sectors, from record keeping to healthcare.

Microsoft solutions aid communications

Experts at Microsoft have been developing a customizable tool that can translate computer content and build a language system based on any number of dialects. Whether it's a language near extinction or one used by billions worldwide, the Microsoft Translator Hub can learn it.

This program was developed to provide optimal service to Creole speakers who were devastated by the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Not only did this system help first responders from other nations, but it was also able to greatly influence the rebuilding collaborations that would not have been as easy otherwise.

"These people were there looking to help, and encountering millions of Creole speakers who the helpers had a hard time communicating with," explained Vikram Dendi, the Microsoft Translator director of product strategy and marketing. "It was very rewarding to see Creole become available so quickly. In a way, I see that as a turning point in our thinking."

The tool is currently being put to use as a tool in Internet Explorer and Lync, which enables reading and instant messaging in foreign languages. Other businesses have also leveraged the program, including Facebook, Twitter and Trip Advisor.

Speech recognition simplifying medical processes

Another aspect to language-based programs, speech recognition tools, is also being developed to simplify various processes. For example, HealthcareITNews reported, Providence Health and Services is deploying speech recognition technology called Dragon Medical 360.

Providence Health is using the program alongside its electronic health record system. This will enable professionals to access patient data simply by speaking into the computer. This could go great lengths to making a medical center more efficient, as well as ensuring a sterile environment, as fingers would not have to touch a mouse or keyboard to call up records.

HealthcareITNews reported that the costs that accompany medical transcription are often high and there is usually a notable time lag in recording, filing and calling up files. These challenges would largely be eliminated when the program is leveraged.