Legal transcription services – Advanced speech recognition

According to Lawyer Monthly, law firms are embracing speech recognition technology at a fast rate:

  1. 82% of legal firms aim to invest in speech recognition technology going forward.
  2. 7% of legal professionals reportedly spent between 2 and 4 hours a day typing.
  3. Only 19% made use of internal typists, and 5% used external transcription services on a regular basis.
  4. 62% of legal professionals who were not currently using speech recognition technology said that they would in future.

 

As digital dictation has developed, so too has speech recognition technology. It means that most firms now dispatch dictated digital recordings to the traditional typing pool or to an expensive, not very accurate speech recognition service that turns speech into text. The latter causes a lot of backlashes and stops proper widespread adoption of speech recognition products. Rightly or wrongly, speech recognition uptake isn’t where it should be. Accuro discusses further in a Q/A below:

 

Question and answer session on speech recognition and its current viability in the legal sector.

Question – are firms willing to adopt speech recognition technology?

I think there is a general willingness to do so as the cost and time savings are hard to ignore. I think there is a viability issue in a commercial environment which is preventing a quantum shift over to speech recognition technology.

Question – can you explain ‘viability issue’?

This is a complicated area and depends on user by user or firm by firm. Simply put, if the expectation is that audio (dictation) converted by a speech recognition engine will produce an intelligible document with high standards of accurately typed text and correct formatting, then users will be disappointed. A significant amount of work is required to proofread and correct the text, especially for external facing documentation, emails, attachments, etc.  

If, however, the user wants a quick speech-to-text conversion and is happy to work with the result then a stand-a-lone speech engine may suffice, if editing time is considered on the costings. At Accuro, this is called ‘rough draft’.

Question – what do you consider a solution for firms currently?

If we consider a typical legal customer at Accuro, a portion of their audio may be simple file notes that are not for general consumption and quickly converting speech into text may be sufficient. Another portion may be detailed conference video calls, with multiple attendees and with copies being distributed to all, this would be better suited to human legal transcription service.

What is evident is users may require a simple one-stop-shop for their dictation. Accuro provides the choices and allow uploads to different services. Simple, single voice files can go to speech recognition either with or without editing, and external work requiring high accuracy going to the human transcription service.  

Accuro has a simple user interface that allows uploads to be routed to the best solution. Choosing the right speech-to-text service significantly reduces the cost to the customer but allows them to receive a quality of service that they need.

Question – what is an enhanced speech recognition product?

Speech recognition will continue to improve and it’s important that firms embrace the technology, the more people using it, the better it becomes. Accuro’s ‘enhanced speech recognition’ product comes with a professional proofread which maximises quality. The product is much cheaper than outsourced transcription and by eliminating errors of a ‘rough draft’, gets the business involved in AI solutions without the risk of low quality.

Question – is the solution complicated to install and use?

It’s very simple and requires no software installation. Accuro provides secure access to a web-based platform and customers can easily route their dictations by dragging and dropping or browsing.

This web-based transcription platform provides a dashboard with work in progress, performance and easy access to completed files/transcripts.

Accuro is also integrated with most dictation workflow platforms such as BigHand, Lexacom, Crescendo etc. and again, requires very minimal setup time.

Question – how would you summarise Accuro’s legal product?

The legal space is made up of many profiles of firms. Some may have tried to implement speech recognition with an unsuccessful take up, others may rely on internal typists with little technology. Whatever the profile this range of products; transcription, enhanced speech recognition and rough draft allows any firm to access secure speech-to-text products which maximises quality to provide a real reduction in costs. 

What is ‘enhanced’ about Accuro’s enhanced speech recognition?

The cost and time savings of introducing speech recognition into a commercial environment are persuasive. So why has speech recognition not swept the board?

Accuro spent 12 months testing a host of professional speech recognition platforms encompassing ‘real world’ audio including single voice (file notes etc.) and multi-voice (calls with Counsel etc.) and on varying platforms including Teams/Zoom, telephone calls and office-based dictation. Our conclusion was speech recognition is viable if your end user has time to complete a detailed proofread and reformat the documents. If this ‘edit’ is not completed the documents fall significantly short with an error rate wildly varying between 40% and 80% on a word count and layout perspective. 

Enhanced speech recognition is a professional proofread of the document with any errors corrected.  This unique service allows law firms to significantly reduce dictation costs from the traditional human transcription service. Most importantly, users can choose to upload audio to this enhanced speech recognition service, speech recognition only or outsourced transcription, allowing the end-user to match their requirements at a ‘one stop shop’ for speech-to-text services. 

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Transcription

The most accurate speech-to-text service. A direct replacement or help for in-house staff, completed by UK-based, skilled transcribers and professionally proofread to achieve maximum quality.

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Rough draft
(speech recognition)

A really quick way to get your audio file returned in minutes. Ideal for users who want a cost-efficient rough draft to get started. Available in both single-voice and multi-voice formats.

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Proofread
(speech recognition)

A cost-effective AI solution with the benefit of being professionally proofread. Available in both single-voice and multi-voice formats.

As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning servicestranslation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

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Proofread (speech recognition)

An automated transcription process which converts speech into text with an added edit (professional proofread). This service is suitable for customers who require a grammatically correct, complete document, with all the automated speech-to-text software errors corrected. The document is delivered in block text format which is ideal for internal use but will need reformatting for external use. This is a hybrid product, incorporating cost reductions and a human proofread.

This is a back-end speech recognition service which means that audio is uploaded with a completed block text document being returned quickly but following a correction audit by a professional proofreader. A front-end engine requires users to sit and correct documents there and then, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking software. The back-end process delivers where users do not have time to correct and do not want a change in their current upload process.

Speech-to-text software

Accuro trialled numerous speech recognition apps and voice recognition apps including Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, Google Dictation, and Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service.

Accuro chose a bespoke, profile-based version of Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service due to their higher accuracy achieved through Azure’s neural networks and deep learning technology.  

Being profile based, Accuro’s speech recognition service benefits from industry specific dictionaries and deep learning where accent, dialect and dictation styles can be learned to improve accuracy over time.

With Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance’s Dragon dictation, Accuro benefit from the fastest progressing and best AI in the speech-to-text market.

Outsourced transcription service

The most accurate and flexible product. An industry specific, trained panel of UK transcribers produce highly accurate documents, replacing the need to employee local typists or assisting during peaks in workload.  

Accuro specialises in producing accurate business ready documents from speech audio files. By accessing our secure portal, customers upload voice files which are distributed to a professional UK transcriber. Once complete, the file is instantly queued into an editing list and professionally proofread before we make it available to you or your secretary for onward distribution.  

Whether you only need one file transcribing, or have a volume requirement you can access a dashboard to track progress, manage profiles, check spend plus much more.  

Rough draft (speech recognition)

Speech recognition is an automated transcription process which converts speech into text. This service is suitable for customers requiring a cost-effective and rapid rough draft copy of their voice into text.

‘Front end’ engines, such as Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, require users to correct and edit (fix) documents in-app.

Accuro is a back-end speech recognition service which means that audio is uploaded and a completed block text document is returned within minutes.

The back-end process delivers when users want to upload dictation and then want an administrator to process the document or edit in Microsoft Word themselves, at a convenient time.

Speech to text software

Accuro trialled numerous speech recognition apps and voice recognition apps including Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, Google Dictation, and Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service.

Accuro chose a bespoke, profile-based version of Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service due to a higher accuracy achieved through Azure’s neural networks and deep learning technology.  

Being profile based, Accuro’s speech recognition service benefits from industry specific dictionaries and deep learning where accent, dialect and dictation styles can be learned to improve accuracy over time.

With Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance’s Dragon dictation, Accuro benefit from the fastest progressing and best AI in the speech-to-text market.

Can Accuro transcribe my files?

Accuro has over 750 UK based transcribers with skill sets in all sectors. We specialise in users dictating individually to produce a document, multiple voices in conference or video call environments or supporting video content with web captioning. 

Professional and legal speech recognition service

Accuro’s speech recognition service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing Accuro’s speech recognition service will be looking for a rough draft which can easily be reformatted inhouse. The solution is cost saving and quick. 

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.10
1 hour
No

Accuro’s professional and legal speech recognition service is suitable for:

  • Rough Draft
  • Semi-technical audio
  • Non-customer facing files i.e file notes
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability
  • Document head start
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Professional and legal speech recognition + edit service

Accuro’s speech recognition + edit service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing this service will be allocated a bespoke profile based on their speciality, with that profile being supported by one of Accuro’s technical glossaries. Content created by the speech recognition engine is checked for accuracy by Accuro’s team of proofreaders.

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s professional and legal speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Single voice files
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability
  • Suitable for non-customer facing documents i.e. file notes
  • Input directly into CMS
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Professional and legal transcription service

A UK transcription service provided by experienced legal and professional transcribers. Audio transcription is allocated via secure bespoke software to transcribers to produce an accurate interpretation of the audio file.

To achieve maximum accuracy rates, completed digital transcription is edited and checked by our in-house professional proofreaders before despatch to the customer.

Audio transcription template styles

You can use your organisation’s style including letterhead, forms, fonts and graphics or use Accuro’s standard templates.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1


2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.20


£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
Next business day


2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (4 hours)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (3 days)

Volume discounts apply.

Accuro’s professional and legal transcription service is suitable for:

  • Technical or semi-technical audio
  • Single or multi-voice audio files
  • Telephone or video recordings
  • Conference calls
  • Transcription service requiring formatting
  • Transcription directly into CMS
  • Print and post
  • E-mail
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Many businesses in an ever-growing international market require translation services to support trading overseas. Whether this be marketing material or a website in a foreign language, businesses tend to rely on a quick Google search to find a translation provider. Let Accuro do the hard work for you. Accuro can source the very best translation provider for you using our approved suppliers who have demonstrated commitment to service delivery, accuracy and value for money. So if you have a translation project that you need completing then why not get in touch today.

Accuro’s approved panel use a combination of international linguists and translation memory tools to provide the most cost-efficient and accurate service on the market. They have extensive reach into many sectors including:

  • Chemical
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Food and Drink
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Engineering
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Creative and Marketing
  • E-Learning
  • Aerospace
  • IT & Telecoms
  • Transport Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Clinical Trials
  • Legal
  • Biotech
  • Insurance
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Software
  • Leisure and Entertainment
As well as our high-quality translation services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Accuro’s approved translation providers have tens of thousands of linguists worldwide, able to translate from the most common of combinations such as English to Arabic, or Dutch to English and to more niche translations such as Tagalog to Afrikaans.

The list of languages covered by our translation panel is not exhaustive. If you cannot see the language you require, please use our contact us page, or call us on 01565 748000 and we will be able to advise further.

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Afrikaans
  • Bengal
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • Flemish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kosovan
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Taiwanese
  • Thai
  • Ukranian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
As well as our high-quality translation services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Closed caption service

Whether you are thinking “how do I add captions to my video?” or “how do I make my video accessible for deaf people?” – consider Accuro’s captioning service. 

Whether you are a novice video creator or a senior media producer, Accuro provide subtitles in WebVTT (Web Video Text Track) format to add timed-text as an overlay on your video.  WebVTT is the industry standard format for closed captions.

Captioning their imagination

Accurate captions on a video allows your content to reach a wider audience and enables viewers to enjoy even with the sound turned off.

How does it work?

As well as our high-quality closed caption service, Accuro provides excellent translation services, transcription services for the healthcare sector and other professionals.

Medical speech recognition service

Accuro’s speech recognition service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing Accuro’s speech recognition service will be looking for a rough draft which can easily be reformatted inhouse. The solution is cost saving and quick.   

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.10
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition service is suitable for:

  • Rough draft 
  • Single voice audio files 
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Non-customer facing files – patient notes etc. 
  • Input directly in to CMS
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Medical speech recognition & edit service

Accuro’s speech recognition + edit service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing this service will be allocated a bespoke profile based on their medical speciality, with that profile being supported by one of Accuro’s technical glossaries. Content created by the speech recognition engine is checked for accuracy by Accuro’s team of proofreaders.

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
  • Single voice audio files
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Input directly into CMS
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Medical transcription service

A sector leading UK transcription service provided by medical transcribers with expertise in all major specialities. Audio transcription is allocated via secure bespoke software to transcribers to produce an accurate interpretation of the audio file.

To achieve maximum accuracy rates, completed digital transcription is edited and checked by our in-house professional proofreaders before despatch to the customer.

Audio transcription template styles

You can use your organisation’s style including letterhead, forms, fonts and graphics or use Accuro’s standard templates.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£1.20
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Volume discounts and set price per letter (primary care) and price per line equivalency available on request

Multi-voice Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (1 day)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (3 days)

Accuro’s medical transcription service is suitable for:

  • Secondary care – patient correspondence
  • Primary care – referral letters
  • Private clinical practice
  • Mental health
  • Occupational health
  • Medico-legal
  • Accents and dialects
  • Technical or semi-technical audio
  • Transcription directly into your case management system
  • E-mail
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Who we work with

Accuro has been providing specialist transcription services to medical professionals in the UK since 2001. Our customers enjoy a reduction in their fixed secretarial costs, improved efficiency in document turnaround times and freedom from the HR headaches involved in recruitment and retention of staff.

Our customers include GP surgeries, NHS Trusts, and medical professionals working in the private sector.  Our doctors use the service as an extension to their team of employed secretaries, either as a complete solution, a daily overflow typing pool or on an adhoc basis when staff take annual or sick leave.

Our guaranteed one business day turnaround and free priority service ensures clinical correspondence is always dealt with on time.  With speed, responsiveness, security and cost-effectiveness at the core of what we do why choose anyone else as your virtual assistant?

We provide medical transcription services across the following dictation tasks:

  • Patient letters
  • Medical reports
  • Medical referral letters
  • Medical conference and symposium recordings
  • Medical interview transcription
  • Consultation reports
  • Patient medical history reports
  • Physical reports
  • Laboratory reports
  • Pathology reports
  • Radiology reports
  • Discharge reports