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Doctors’ Training vs. Transcriptionists’ Training

Posted on April 12, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

This will be a bit simplified, but I think you’ll get the idea. If you consider a doctor’s training. Doctors are trained in an incredible volume of information and then how to use that information along with a lot of other variables to be able to evaluate patients conditions, provide care and at the end of the day solve problems.

On the other hand, transcriptionists are trained to do repetitive tasks very well with high accuracy. Certainly they have to have some skills with the medical terminology. Also, many have moved beyond transcription into helping with the clinical documentation and ensuring that it’s documented properly.

None of this should be news to anyone. Now for the big finish…

Which training is more suited for someone doing a million clicks on an EMR?

Is it any wonder that scribes and other creative models for documenting a patient visit in an EMR are becoming an important part of the discussion? Watch for many more creative models using people to come out in the next year.

Medical Transcription Becomes Clinical Documentation

Posted on February 21, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Neil already broke the news a few weeks ago that the MTIA (Medical Transcription Industry Association) changed its name to the CDIA (Clinical Documentation Industry Association). I was able to attend the press event that they held to officially announce the change.

I’m sure that many might not think this is such a big deal. Ok, the name change isn’t that big of a deal. However, I’d say that this part of the movement that I’ve been talking about for quite a while. Basically the survival of transcription for the forseeable future.

I don’t think I talked to any transcription companies at the event that weren’t working on some sort of EMR tied to transcription strategy (MD-IT, FutureNet, and MxSecure to just name a few). In many cases they’re doing their very own EMR offering.

I do think that the small transcription provider is likely in trouble. However, I won’t be surprised if transcription companies become successful EMR companies.

There’s still quite a few question marks with this strategy. For example, how well can a transcription company that’s use to working with people transition to making software?

The good thing is that these transcription companies already have relationships with a lot of doctors who want an EMR that somehow still uses transcription. I talked with one transcription company that offers an EMR and they had an interesting way of using transcription and voice recognition to transition them to EMR while helping them to learn to get use to doing the voice recognition. Very interesting approach.

Maybe transcription isn’t the long term solution. However, I wouldn’t count out the transcription companies just yet.

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Voice Recognition Set to Grow in Healthcare

Posted on February 17, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

In a recent Healthcare IT News article, they wrote about a KLAS research study that found that the speech recognition market is ready to grow. Here’s a small portion of the article:

Providers report a demonstrable return on their speech recognition dollars, according to a new report from KLAS. Participants of the study indicated benefits of speech recognition such as staff reductions, improved report turnaround times and increased physician satisfaction.

“The speech recognition market is ripe for healthy growth,” said Ben Brown, author of the report. “Currently, less than one in four hospitals use the technology, however, in light of meaningful use and the benefits providers point out in this study, we expect it will assume a more prominent place in the role of clinical documentation.”

It seems like a bit of journalistic spin to say that speech recognition provides a “demonstrable return.” My personal experience tells me that users either love or hate speech recognition. The article does aptly state that it requires some up front investment to learn voice recognition and access the long term benefits that voice recognition provides.

The other obvious part of the report is that Dragon still dominates the voice recognition landscape. I recently also got an email from Eric Fishman of EMR Consultant, EHR Scope, EHR TV, etc fame (and also an advertiser on this site) about a new voice recognition, dictation and transcription software they’re distributing called Frisbee.

They have a bunch of videos showing Frisbee transcription software in action on EHR TV. I found the one called Frisbee, Dragon Medical and EMR Workflow pretty interesting.

I could see this type of software providing the platform for the future of the transcriptionist. Neil Versel recently posted the news that the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) will be changing their name to the Clinical Documentation Industry Association. No doubt transcription companies are looking at ways to survive. One of those ways will be for the transcriptionist to go beyond just transcribing to assisting with the clinical documentation (including the complicated ICD-10). Seems like Frisbee’s voice recognition into the EMR with the Frisbee routing capabilities for doctors approval and sign off could be an interesting workflow.

I’m not quite as bullish on voice recognition as the report linked above, but there’s no doubt that voice recognition will continue to play a role in healthcare. Especially as it continues to improve its recognition ability and becomes integrated with mobile devices.

Transcriptionists Becoming Medical Documentation Specialists

Posted on May 26, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

There’s lots of really interesting transformations happening in the transcription industry (as I’ve written about before). One of those that I haven’t seen many people talking about is the transition of Transcriptionists becoming Medical Documentation Specialists.

It kind of makes sense that transcriptionists could assist doctors in doing all the granular medical documentation. Certainly the doctor will still be the center of the documentation and they’ll be the source of all the documentation. However, I can quickly see the transcriptionists job continuing to move away from the straight transcribing of voice to text and more and more into the medical documentation arena. This trend had been happening for a while, but I can really see this accelerating as transcriptionists try to find their way in an EMR world.

Digital Voice Recorders Replacing Transcriptionists

Posted on March 11, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’ve discussed before the voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Medical and Preferred) and the microphone options and even announced when Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical first came available. It’s enough to say that we’re big fans of voice recognition software and Dragon NaturallySpeaking in particular. It’s a great companion to an EMR or EHR implementation.

Today, I came across the Sony Digital Voice Recorder with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software and I wondered if any of my readers have used this before. It seems like it could be an interesting way to replace a transcriptionist.

Basically, the doctor would record his notes on this device and then the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software would convert it to text and could be easily placed in the EMR. For $150, that seems like a bargain.

Really, the only question is how good Dragon NaturallySpeaking is at converting the recorded voice into text. I imagine it’s at least as good as doing it in real time. Does anyone have experience with it? If I hear some good reviews, then I’ll add it to my list of EMR technologies. This seems like it could be a really good solution for that doctor that doesn’t want to give up his/her transcribing ways.