Medical Transcription Software

Written by Norene Anderson
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Medical transcription software is making major turns in keeping medical records up to date. Many different types of software packages are available. The package of choice will depend on the kind of dictation methods used. One method is to use a PC microphone for dictation into a program designed for voice recognition transcription. With a little training, the computer recognizes the dictation and types the report without any fingers touching the keyboard.

Another type of medical transcription software utilizes a technique of abbreviation expansion or speed typing. This cuts down the number of keystrokes required for traditional transcription from a dictated report. Common phrases or terminology can be associated with an abbreviation. For instance, a typist can input "PM" and "evening" is automatically entered. The letters "ASAP" will automatically print out "as soon as possible." Abbreviations can be done to fit any specialty or physician preference.

Diversity of Medical Transcription Software

Medical transcription software should be specialty specific. A neurologist would not be able to utilize the same forms that a pediatrician would need. Transcription for diagnostic procedures is different from the forms used in an emergency room record. Many software packages are already specific to a specialty with options to further customize the forms as needed. It is easy to design specific templates to personalize the program.

The Internet is a great resource on all the software packages available for medical transcription. Technology offers us the ability to have rapid turnaround of reports. Digital dictation allows reports to be categorized and prioritized after dictation is complete. This gives the physician the opportunity to add a last-minute report or letter that needs immediate attention. Indexing makes it easy to prioritize.

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