||Dragon Medical One
Practice Edition 4
|What is it?
||Dragon Medical One is a cloud based speech recognition software product.
||Dragon Medical Practice Edition is a software product installed locally on an individual PC
|How much does it cost?
||DMO is a subscription service paid monthly. Costs are $99 per month* (may save for longer terms)
||DMPE-4 initially costs $1599. For previous version customers, the cost is only $599. This is a one-time purchase and no monthly or yearly fees are associated.
|Which is better?
||DMO uses AI as part of its speech recognition backbone. The system is upgraded multiple times per year and continues to evolve. Accuracy compared to DMPE-4 is superior and snappier. You can go through several notes with 100% accuracy. Smooth sailing!
||DMPE-4 is currently on version 4. This is based on the NaturallySpeaking engine-level version 15. Accuracy is very good and will impress all but it takes a toll on your computer, especially if not high-powered. Based on user comments, it is a bit slower and less accurate than Dragon Medical One. Differences are very small and maybe within the 1-2 percentile, so barely noticeable. However, 1-2 percent can be noticeable. Take an example of 1000 dictated words (or more) per day with a 2 percent extra error rate is 20 errors. Even 1% is 10 extra errors daily. By the end of the week, the accumulation may be as many as 100 errors. If each error takes 15+ seconds to correct, you've lost 25-30 minutes per week. If you dictate 2000 words per day, you have lost an hour. This also does not count for your loss of time on a disrupted train of thought.
|Are product updates free?
||DMO is automatically updated in the cloud. So long as you are subscribed, there are no upgrade costs. As the platform is upgraded, you are automatically using the latest software available.
||DMPE-4 has an update utility. You are advised of important updates in the version 4 family as they are available.
|What about major version upgrades?
||DMO is automatically updated in the cloud. If there is a major engine improvement, there are no costs associated as it is included with your monthly service.
||DMPE-4 is the latest version using NaturallySpeaking engine v15. If there is a major version upgrade, this upgrade will generally cost $599* (based on the same cost the past 10 years). Upgrades are usually available every 2 - 4 years.
|How many computers may I install on?
||With DMO, there are no device limits. You may have DMO installed in your office computers, in your exam rooms, in multiple offices, and at home with no additional costs.
||With DMPE-4, there aren't any device limitations, however, there are activation limitations. Our general rule of thumb is, DMPE-4 allows activation on 3 computers without having 1 more activation on backup. Should you run out of activations, you will be required to make a special request for an increase in activations. Your account will then be reviewed and you are either granted or rejected more activations. This is a liberal policy and is simply checked to ensure piracy is not an issue.
||With DMO, everything is stored in the cloud. Therefore, if you add a word or phrase on one computer, this added vocabulary is available on all computers. No additional work is needed for backing up user profiles, ensuring network connectivity. This is one of the strongest points of using a cloud-based service.
||With DMPE-4, there are methods for sharing vocabulary from one machine to the next. You may import and export this vocabulary. If you use many machines, the process may be tedious and you should use the next method. The next method using "Roaming Profiles" requires you to designate a computer to be the "master". All other computers will synchronize with this "master" computer (only if on the same network). If you use a separate network momentarily, your sync will happen when you go back to the network with the "master" computer.