Doctors’ Training vs. Transcriptionists’ Training

Posted on April 12, 2011 I Written By

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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.