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Dragon NaturallySpeaking and AHLTA: Tips and Tricks

Preventing Dragon NaturallySpeaking from “clicking” highlighted terms in the narrative pane

Some AHLTA users have reported a problem that occurs during dictation into a free text area of the MEDCIN pane. When you dictate an isolated word or phrase that matches a blue, underlined term in the narrative pane, Dragon NaturallySpeaking “clicks” the term in the narrative pane and the text you were dictating gets lost.

This is because Dragon NaturallySpeaking treats the blue, underlined terms in the narrative pane as if they were links in a web page.

If this occurs, you can prevent it from happening.

In Dragon Medical 10, set the “Require ‘Click’ to select hyperlinks in HTML windows” option as follows:

  1. In the DragonBar click Tools, Options.
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. Check the box next to "Require ‘Click’ to select hyperlinks in HTML windows."
  4. Click OK.

In Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical 9, disable the “Enable commands in HTML windows” option as follows:

  1. In the DragonBar click Tools, Options.
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. Uncheck the check box next to "Enable commands in HTML windows."
  4. Click OK.

Note that in version 9 this setting prevents you from being able to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to navigate in Internet Explorer, and also disables Select-and-Say in text boxes in Internet Explorer. In version 10 you can use all of the Dragon features of Internet Explorer; to navigate to a hyperlink you must say “Click” before its name.

Saving dictation in case the AHLTA connection "goes down"

If AHLTA loses its connection to the host server while you are dictating with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, you may lose your dictated text just as if you had been typing it.

If this happens frequently, you may want to do lengthy dictation into DragonPad instead of directly into AHLTA. After dictating, you can copy and paste the text into AHLTA.

  1. In the DragonBar click Tools, DragonPad. Or turn the microphone on and say "start DragonPad."
  2. Dictate and edit your text in DragonPad.
  3. Copy and paste the text into AHLTA manually or by voice. To do this by voice say "copy all to clipboard," "switch to next window," "paste that."

Voice Shortcuts

Here is a presentation on how to create your own voice commands (also called shortcuts or macros) provided by Steve Steffensen, MD of Navy Hospital Pensacola.

Quick Tips for Dragon Users

Here is a presentation of tips for Dragon users by Steve Steffensen, MD of Navy Hospital Pensacola.

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