Dragon Network Edition–Nuance’s ubiquitous dictation software–is powerful, to be sure. But, like any powerful tool in IT, it’s full of quirks and secrets, and a few of them can ruin your day if you’re not careful.
Dragon comes with the ability to maintain user profiles on the network, and this has some inherent advantages. For example, a user’s dictionary modifications and personal preferences will follow them from machine to machine. That’s essential for a person who touches multiple computers every day. Unfortunately though, Dragon does not do the best job of handling this workflow natively. By which I mean, if a doctor logs into Dragon on Computer A, fails to log out, and then attempts to log in again on Computer B… some weird stuff can happen. Profiles can become inaccessible, or even corrupted.