Medical transcription, MT is a medical profession that transcribes medical reports as dictated by nurses, physicians as well as other health professionals. Usually, the medical reports could be any spoken materials, notes taken during a lecture or voice files that are prescribed over the phone or uploaded digitally through smartphone apps or the internet.
At this time and age, technology is at its best and there are various electronic devices we have around that can excellently record audio files, some of which include iPhone App, digital handheld recorder, and toll-free call-in voice servers. The provider dictates diagnostic imaging studies, emergency room visits, chart review, office visits and even operations which are uploaded to a transcriptionist with an expectation of typing them.
The objective of MT is to edit reports, notes, and procedures in an electronic format as a way of creating files that represent the treatment history and care of every patient. The Medical transcriptionists then convert the confidential information of the patients to a written text document which is then printed and placed in the records of the patients and retained in an electronic format.
Health professionals have an option of making changes or approving to their medical transcriptions before they can store and save them to a medical record of a patient. When making a choice of a transcription company, you should choose one that’s compatible with your current EMR (electronic medical records) and the one that will provide fast, reliable, and accurate medical transcription services at all times.
Many medical specialists such as pathologists, cardiologists, surgeons, and cardiologists work in coordinated efforts to make sure that patient care is both appropriate and adequate. Traditionally, professional medical transcriptionists worked hard to transcribe medical reports but things have since changed and even the healthcare facilities are going digital and have shifted to electronic format. This has guaranteed safe storage of every patient’s information in the electronic database and when need be, the information can be accessed and retrieved with ease.
With the current technology, various electronic health record systems feature built-in dictation storage and voice recognition which blends excellently with various models of transcribing such as in-house solutions and outsourcing.
It goes without saying that online traditional medical transcriptions are accurate, affordable and time saving because medical professionals don’t have to spend time tirelessly revising their notes as they have accurate methodology put in place to perform the processes which ensure the work is successfully executed. The methodology used includes several steps such as submitting and retrieving, transcription, quality assurance, delivering the report, and storage of file and archival.
In medical transcription, turn-around time (TAT) is very common. After submitting the dictated files, the time they take to receive the finished reports is what TAT is. The TAT for medical transcription is estimated to vary from 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, or 48hrs and the standard time TAT is 12-24 hours.
However, if a medical professional cannot wait for the regular TAT and wants the medical report urgently, a rush or urgent delivery is effected which is referred to as STAT.
The work of medical transcriptionist is to convert prescribed audio files to transcribed medical transcription reports. However, in addition to transcribing voice files, they format and edit the reports and then return them in electronic format or printed form for the medical professionals to review them and sign off or to make any updates as needed.
MT can be performed by a contractor working from home or by in-house transcriptionists employed at a hospital. Anyone interested in becoming a medical transcriptionist can take online training or certification classes and join this growing trend of MT.