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Hands down, the one task doctors complain about most is filling out the electronic health record during and after patient visits. It is disruptive and time-consuming, and patients don’t like being talked to over the doctor’s shoulder.

Now, amid an intensifying race to develop voice technologies for health care, a Boston-based company is preparing to release one of the first products designed to fully automate this process, by embedding artificially intelligent software into exam rooms.

Nuance, a maker of speech recognition software, is testing an ambient listening system that, without need for mouse and keyboard, can transcribe a conversation between a doctor and patient and upload key portions of it into a medical record. Executives said they hope to begin selling it next year.

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