When it comes to the microphones you use with the Dragon Medical software you use with your clinical documentation software, there’s plenty of misinformation out there about what you might need. There are some fancy microphones available, and a lot of the decision criteria comes down to personal preference, but there are really only three things you should consider when looking at Dragon Medical microphones.
Here’s what you need to know.
Dragon Medical Powermic II
The Powermic II is a great hand-held microphone. It's the most expensive on this list, but it’s also the best.
Users get a great experience with the Powermic II because it has excellent recognition accuracy. Its five-element array setup provides superb noise isolation, making it perfect to use in the bustling environment of a clinic, shared office space or exam room.
The Powermic II is fully integrated with Dragon Medical. If you want to program the buttons on it, you can do so within Dragon Medical -- you don’t need a third-party application to customize it.
We recommend this microphone, and, if you're purchasing Dragon Medical software, you can get it at a reduced price as part of a package.
Dragon Medical Headset Microphone
If you prefer a headset for your microphone, you can opt to use the Andrea USB Headset Microphone with your Dragon Medical software. As a USB microphone, it bypasses the sound card, which is less hassle and requires less troubleshooting than a line-in microphone if there are support issues. It also provides a better sound quality.
Dragon Medical Wireless Microphone
Finally, you may be considering a wireless microphone. Keep in mind, however, that no matter what kind of wireless microphone you get, you will sacrifice some recognition accuracy for the convenience.
If you want to use a wireless microphone, start with the Powermic II or headset microphone first. Use it for a couple of weeks to get comfortable with the software itself. Once you've mastered those skills, then it’s easier to switch and be successful with a wireless microphone. When you try to use a wireless microphone and learn how to use the clinical documentation software all that once, you’re more likely to get frustrated, so make it easy for yourself by starting with a headset microphone or Powermic II until you are expert with the software.
Bluetooth microphones are substantially less accurate than other wireless microphones, so try to avoid those. For wireless enthusiasts, we recommend the Plantronics Savi-Go wireless microphone, which uses standard wireless.
Making sure you have the right equipment is key to being successful with clinical documentation software. By doing your research, you’ll be able to pick out the equipment that’s right for you.
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