Transcription Software

Written by Norene Anderson
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There is a variety of transcription software available. The software is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete the transcription of a dictated report. Most programs are designed to be simple to use and to work with the majority of Windows applications. The goal of the software is to decrease the number of keystrokes while increasing the production. There are many features in the software working together to make this happen. In some cases, the strokes can be reduced by 50% or more.

One of the features affecting the typing speed is the built-in abbreviation or word expander. Some programs include word prediction. This requires the medical transcriptionist to learn the appropriate word-expansion abbreviations. The software will include a built-in vocabulary with spell check. The number of entries in the dictionary can range from 40,000 to as many as 500,000.

Transcription Software Saves Time

Most transcription software comes with specific templates or forms for the History and Physical, Surgery, Radiology, and sometimes other routine documents. This enhances the use of word completion specific to each form. In addition, a built-in phrase completion can be used for phrases common to specific forms. This increases the typing speed tremendously.

There is transcription software that offers definitions for some of the medical terms as the words are typed. This gives an opportunity for the transcriptionist to verify the word used is correct. It is somewhat an ongoing proofreading of the document. Drug indications are also a pop-up to verify proper dosage and usage. Many safeguards are built into the software programs to ascertain accuracy while increasing speed.


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