Medical Transcribing

Written by Norene Anderson
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Medical transcribing has changed dramatically in the recent past. The first major change occurred with the development of digital technology. This made it possible for physicians to dictate into a digital recorder and upload the audio to a server or computer used by transcriptionists. The medical transcriptionist with the use of specially designed software and equipment would then transcribe the dictated reports and letters. This information would be electronically sent back to the physician for review.

This method was such an improvement that it has remained the chosen avenue for medical transcribing for many physicians and hospitals. There is, however, a newer method making great waves in the area of medical records and health information services. This is the introduction of voice recognition software. A lot of skepticism still exists about the realistic use of voice transcription over dictated and transcribed reports. As more physicians are trying it, it is rapidly losing the skepticism.

New Ways of Medical Transcribing

The software developers are providing products showing as much as a 98% accuracy in a properly trained voice package. This equates to a very few words actually needing correction. With this method, medical transcribing is occurring during the process of examination. If the physician does not have a computer input in each exam room, he or she can dictate into a digitalized recorder and then insert the smartcard into the computer. This has the same result as sitting in front of the screen and speaking.

As the report is spoken either in person or via smartcard, the information can be viewed as it is processed to the proper report forms. Corrections can be made at that time and have a completed record within a short time compared to waiting days for work to be done by a medical transcriptionist. As technology continues to advance, so will the methods of transcribing medical records.


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