Why Doctors Need a Medical Transcription Company
A Medical Transcription Company manually processes doctors’ dictated reports into a text format, which can serve as a record of a patient’s care. Healthcare providers vocally record notes and then transcriptionists convert the voice files to text, typically in digital format for easier and less space consuming storage. Electronic data is becoming more prevalent for compliance with Health IT and electronic health record initiatives. Each transcribed record or report has its own date of service and is merged with the larger patient record to create a patient’s medical history.
The process of Medical Transcription (MT) requires several essential qualities. A Medical Transcribe Company must be able to understand and accurately transcribe provider-dictated information into a document that is accurate and readable. Therefore, a medical transcriptionist must have in-depth knowledge of:
- the format and style of various forms/documents used
- medical terminology and abbreviations
- therapeutic procedures
- patient assessments
In addition, they act as an editor of sorts requiring a thorough understanding of the English language, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Sometimes the medical transcriptionist will encounter challenges such as:
- dictation by a dictator with a heavy accent
- dictation that includes background noise
- editing what the dictator says to make it more concise or accurate without changing the meaning
The Outlook for Medical Transcription Companies
Speech recognition may reduce the need for manual transcription but speech recognition software is not accurate enough to replace human transcriptionists.
Garbled speech or mumbling can complicate the process for both the MT and the recognition software. At least an MT can flag a report with issues, but recognition software will transcribe using its given database of language whether it makes sense or not. The result can sound like a “word jumble” or may have missing text. So the downside of this technology is when the time spent correcting a “word jumble” into an intelligible document cancels out any of the possible benefits.
We Can Help
Skywriter MD can supply medical transcription services for your practice or hospital. We use a team-based approach to provide you with a group of transcriptionists that will provide:
- a familiarity with your particular preferences and processes
- uninterrupted coverage
- more productivity for you
- improved patient care
- better job satisfaction
Contact Skywriter MD today and we will work together to improve healthcare one patient at a time.