Wednesday, August 1, 2012

4 Fatal Mistakes That Can Cost Medical Transcriptionists Their Career

Medical transcriptionists are key players in medical transcription companies. This article discusses the importance of the medical transcriptionists and showcases various mistakes that need to be avoided by medical transcriptionists while transcribing medical documents.

Continuing with where I left in my previous article; let me discuss about the importance of the medical transcription profession. We are all aware that due to the mandate by insurance companies, it has become necessary for medical practitioners to maintain patient records to get the claims. Hence, now we are seeing medical practitioners using different dictation tools to store the doctor-patient communication. This stored data is then forwarded to medical transcription companies, and then the role of medical transcriptionists begins. The importance of medical transcriptionists is of prime importance due to the fact that they are ones who transcribe the medical documents.

These medical documents go back to medical practitioners; and then the information is used to evaluate the patient’s health. Hence, a lot of concentration and accuracy is needed by the medical transcriptionists; while transcribing the medical documents. But there are times when even a simple goof-up can cost the career of medical transcriptionists. Major purpose of this article is to make medical transcriptionists understand these mistakes; and learn to avoid them as much as possible:

  • Avoiding Formal Medical Transcription Training Before Joining As A Medical Transcriptionist: Before joining a medical transcription company as a medical transcriptionist; it is very important to go through formal medical transcription training through a good medical transcription school. Please note that a good medical transcription school will always provide good placement services. But it is very difficult to find quality school for medical transcription training. Hence, I always prefer online medical transcription training programs over classroom training; as you can study at your own convenient pace. Remember to verify with the medical transcription school that the program consists of real doctor dictation; as only through regular practice you can gain excellence in this field.       
  • Neglecting the use of reference material during transcribing medical documents: In my previous article, I have discussed about the need for keeping reference material handy in case if you come across certain medical terms which are not very familiar to you or have to conduct research drug names to verify whether you have heard the medical term properly. Also note that usually the accuracy level in medical transcription company is 98%. Hence, it becomes very important to leave blank spaces whenever you are in doubt while transcribing the medical documents.
  • Neglecting the use of productivity tools:  As discussed in my earlier article titled “3 TRANSFORMING EQUIPMENTS THAT ENHANCE THE TRANSCRIPTION QUALITY OF MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS” I discussed about different productivity tools that are necessary for improving the efficiency of medical transcriptionists. You can use word expander to type couple of words to get the full sentence typed with a few characters. This can be very helpful if the medical transcriptionist is paid by line.
  • Avoiding patient data protection while transcribing the medical document: As discussed in my earlier article titled “WAYS TO PROTECT PATIENT DATA IN MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION COMPANIES”; HIPAA has issued a mandate which prohibits any illegal use of patient information. The patient information is accessible only by the medical practitioner and the patient. Sometimes medical transcriptionists are a fix if they have typed the document in lieu of someone else. Still they are not authorized to share the information of the medical documents with that person even if they are keen to get the information. Medical transcriptionists then need to ask them to call the doctor and get the information from them. Always keep your system free from firewall, viruses and spyware installed in your system before transcribing medical documents.
A professional medical transcriptionist will avoid the mistakes enumerated above and concentrate on providing quality medical transcription services to medical practitioners.

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Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Medical Transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset   ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a “whole nine yards” document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

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