Medical Transcription And The Benefits Of Outsourcing Medical Records To Transcription Companies

Medical Transcription is an allied health profession which converts voice-recorded reports as dictated by Doctors or healthcare professionals into text for…

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Medical Transcription

Medical Transcription is an allied health profession which converts voice-recorded reports as dictated by Doctors or healthcare professionals into text formats. A person performing transcription is known as medical transcriptionist.

When a patient visits the doctor, the doctor conducts a physical examination, reviews the patients past medical history and requests for laboratory studies before making the diagnosis ,only then he plans on the treatment .After the patient leaves ,the doctor records the patient information into a voice-recorder like a cassette player or a telephone where the information is held temporarily by a server in the hospital or sent to a Transcription office .This report is then accessed by a medical transcriptionist who converts the dictation into medical record which is properly formatted, edited and reviewed. The next time the patient visits the doctor, the entire medical chart of the patients previous visits can be reviewed by the doctor, thereby simplifying the treatment process. Both the doctor and the medical transcriptionist play an important role to make sure the transcribed reports are correct and accurate.

The doctor should speak slowly and concisely especially, when he is dictating medications and disease conditions. In the case of Emergency (ER) reports the doctor is time-challenged and has to dictate quickly, the large part of the job is handed to the efore, a medical transcriptionist should possess medical knowledge, good comprehension, be creative and research any medical terms as quickly as possible when in doubt.

Outsourcing Medical Records

Due to the increasing demand for documenting medical records countries like Britian, United States, Australia have started to outsource the services of medical transcription to developing countries like India and Philippines the main reason being cheap labor.

Initially outsourcing was considered to have several demerits for example; most of the medical transcriptionist are not given proper training and lack the basic education to do the job accurately. The other disadvantage being lack of privacy while outsourcing patient medical records from one country to the other.However, India is said to be leading among the other outsourced countries in the level of English fluency, understanding the medical terms and the increasing literacy rate in English