Six Advantages of Dictated Medical Transcription

Medical Coding

MED TRANSCRIPTION Medical Transcription, is the system in which information given by a physician or other medical professional is converted into text and stored either electronically or as a hard copy in a patient’s paper file.  This offers many advantages for most medical practices, which are covered briefly below.

Effective Time Management

When you’re in the office, you know how easy it can be to get swamped with work.  Patients may be referred at all hours of the day, schedules can vary widely from day to day, and just keeping things in order so you know where to go (and when) is one of the biggest jobs your assistants have.  Unfortunately, this can make it very hard to fit creating reports into your schedule, especially just after you’ve seen the patient and the information is fresh in your mind.  Dictation offers an effective way to get information down without needing for you to sit down and type it up, helping you manage your time much more effectively.

Improve Quality of Care

When your information is organized effectively, you have access to a complete narrative of your patient’s history, including the things you told them before.  Simply reviewing what you said before can help you remember the most important details of a particular case, which translates directly to improved care.

Variable Inputs

You don’t need an expensive recording system to take advantage of medical dictation.  In fact, applications on mobile phones work just as well as traditional dictation devices.  The mobility offered by many recorders also allows you to record the patient’s words alongside your own, which may prove extremely helpful if a particular case needs more in-depth study and you or your colleagues would benefit from it.

Enhanced Patient Privacy

Some things don’t need to be known by anyone except you and your patient.  If you feel that some of the information you’ve recorded doesn’t need to be written down, you can (1) never say it at all, (2) strike it from the record yourself, or (3) keep an unedited version for private use while the reduced (and more available) version contains only what others really need to know.  There are many different ways to help ensure patient privacy when using a medical dictation system, allowing you to make a professional decision on what’s best in each situation rather than being forced to log things you’d rather not.

Minimal Impact

Recording is often as easy as flipping a switch before you enter a room.  One of the major goals of medical dictation and transcription is to have a minimal impact on how things are done in the office while still providing the information that you need in a timely manner.

Reduced Expenses

Saving time means saving money, but medical dictation and transcription can do more than that.  By using software to organize information and pull out meaningful data, determine what to bill patients, ensure the effectiveness of transcribers, and reroute work as necessary, transcriptions can significantly reduce the costs necessary to get the information you need.

The Emdat Solution

Healthcare Information Services is proud to offer Emdat, a hybrid program designed to work effectively with electronic health records and provide the best possible medical transcription service.  Featuring state-of-the-art clinical software, Emdat:

  • Effectively manages and routes documentation
  • Compiles relevant information
  • Supports a wide variety of input and recording devices
  • Does not require computer use while with a patient
  • Reduces transcription costs
  • And increases productivity and profits

Emdat is the solution to the problem of documenting the information relevant to patient care. 

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