What You Need To Know About Medical Transcription

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Outsourcing Medical
Transcription Tasks -
Its Benefits

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Decades ago, medical records were made up of handwritten documents
and some typed reports. Ultimately, these handwritten notes, together
with some typed reports will be compiled into a single patient file and
kept along with thousands of other patient records within filing cabinets.
If a doctor has to review a certain patient's record, medical records staff
will look for these documents and give these to the one requesting it.
However, this manual procedure can be cumbersome. Despite the fact
that there are still healthcare systems or providers that still prefer
keeping paper records, the industry seems to be moving towards the
direction of digitization since this is far more convenient and cost-
effective than the former.

More and more doctors make use of voice
treatment plans and orders to an assistant
who will then type these. The growing
importance of electronic records is due
largely to how easily and quickly they can
be stored and retrieved. Even in the best of
circumstances, a secretary or clerk will take
two or more days to prepare these reports
whereas converting voice recorded reports
to text will take only a few hours to a day.
If the patient has to be referred to another doctor of different
specialization, the time difference can make a significant positive impact
to the patient's health. The process of turning voice recorded files made
by healthcare systems or providers to a readable format is referred to as
medical transcription.
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Many health care professionals at present make use of tools that have
voice recognition features which generates drafts of the verbal orders.
These voice recording devices need to "learn" these medical terms to
produce fairly accurate drafts. Speech habits and thick accents can
complicate the process and lead to substantial translation errors. To
address these, the voice recorded file and the drafts are sent to a
transcriptionist employed or outsourced by the hospital or private
practice to make the necessary corrections to the draft.

Once the necessary corrections are made,
the transcribed reports are then sent back
for approval and storage. Healthcare
providers and systems choose to outsource
transcription services because it enables
them to concentrate on more significant
facets of their business or practice.
Retaining employees to do transcription
work has several disadvantages. Most
significant of which is that you would
have to shell out more money since you
would have to cover employee benefits
and training expenses.

In addition, in the event that your employee resigns or moves to a
different department or level, there will be possible delays in the
turnaround of medical records until you can hire and train a replacement.
This problem does not exist if you outsourced transcription services.
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