Using a Philips Foot Pedal Over Remote Desktops


Tell me more about a Philips foot pedal…

The Philips USB Foot Pedal is compatible for the Philips SpeechLive and SpeechExec family of dictation and transcription workflow products. It enables the typist to control the audio playback supplied by the author using foot control, leaving their hands free to complete the typing and transcription of the document. It is also compatible for the browser-based version of SpeechLive, enabling foot pedal control in the web app. You can find out more about SpeechLive cloud dictation here.

Why should I use a Philips Foot Pedal over a Remote Desktops?

Put simply, it improves the work experience for end-users. If they have to move out of an environment that they use to complete all of their regular work just to change audio files it can be quite a time consuming and frustrating process. Therefore, if all of the work is completed in the same environment it can streamline the process for user efficiency.

The original process for this without the connector was to:

  1. Transcribe locally,

  2. Email the transcription to yourself,

  3. Log in to RD,

  4. Find the email,

  5. Save the transcription into the Practice Management System,

  6. Log out or close RD to do the next transcription.

This is a tedious process for users, hence why we don’t recommend it!

How does the foot pedal work?

There are many different ways to get the Philips foot pedal working. Typically, customers use a connector provided by Philips.

Why is it important to transcribe in the Remote Desktop?

Many law firms and legal practices access their practice management system and precedents through a Terminal Server, Remote Desktop, or Windows Virtual Desktops. Some examples of practice management systems that are often accessed in this fashion include Lexis Affinity, PracticeEvolve, Open Practice, FilePro, BHL Insight and InfinityLaw. Often, the firms’ precedents or case notes are stored with, and integrated to, their practice management system. This means that the typists who receive the dictations from the authors will have to populate precedents notes for matters which are stored on the remote computer. By enabling the foot pedal control over the remote desktop connection, typists have the ability to transcribe the audio files directly into the precedent document, and attach to the matter in one system, saving the headache of moving data and files between the local desktop and remote computers to complete the transcription.

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