Thursday, December 15, 2011

Speech Recognition: The End of Medical Transcription?

As speech recognition was reaching the maturity stage and started delivering long-expected ROI, other worries came to life, one of them being the future of the medical transcription profession. Wouldn’t speech recognition make MTs redundant? True to our western-world, Sci-fi references, we were soon envisoning a world full of wicked robots responsible for making yet another bunch of highly skilled human beings jobless. Of course, in a front-end speech recognition setting, it is the physician that oversees the entire report creation process. But as far as back-end SR is concerned – and it is the most widely adopted setting to date for obvious physican productivity reasons – MTs are still required for their editing skills. Speech recognition is thereby not affecting the MT profession the way we thought it would. In this regard, I find the following testimonial rather noteworthy: “Professionals in the field, working as MEs, have already seen various rewards. “The experience has been very positive for me, explained Lynne Newberry, an MT and ME with Buffalo (NY) Medical Group. “With back-end speech recognition, my production has increased. I can type more documents within a day, and because we’re paid by production it’s a very good incentive.” Newberry continued, “I actually enjoy the editing part a lot and would love to see more doctors using SRT so I can do more editing.” But, just by production alone, a higher pay scale has been an effect. Newberry has seen an increase in compensation since the implementation of Crescendo. “This is another reason why I’d like to do more editing as opposed to traditional transcription. I believe from $10 to $15.75 an hour based on production is reasonable provided it is 100 percent editing and 0 percent transcription,” she explained.”

Monday, July 20, 2009

Modifying the Patient Record: Corrections,Revisions, Additions, and Addenda

Biggest questions that most of the medical transcription service organization come across to find an appropriate way to process corrections, revisions, additions, and addenda

The rules to modifying the Patient Record should be strong foundation for the enterprise seeking to develop policies and procedures. In order to ensure the admissibility of the medical record as evidence, the enterprise must first establish policies and procedures that address

• Author authentication
• Medical record access control
• Medical record archiving and retention
• Medical record security
• Medical record disaster recovery policies and procedures

By establishing controls over the creation of medical records, enterprises can ensure the nonrepudiation of corrections, revisions, additions, and addenda made in the normal course of business.

Ultimately, by controlling the how, who, where, and when of creating the medical record, the enterprise establishes the methodology for performing valid corrections, revisions, additions, and addenda.

The best practices of a health care enterprise can develop an effective and valid policy and procedure for the correction, revision, addition, and addenda of health information contained within the medical record.

Though it is true that no single rule that addresses medical record correction and amendment exists, enough guidance is available to allow health care providers to develop a workable policy and procedure to address the creation of valid medical record corrections and amendments.

Monday, March 30, 2009


First of all, to understand radiology transcription, one would have to know what radiology stands for. Radiology is a word comprising of one prefix, i.e., radio- and one suffix, i.e., -logy with the former meaning "radiation" and the latter "study of any given subject".

Having said that, now we come to what radiology transcription is.

Radiology transcription jobs are a branch of Medical Transcription that specializes in patients undergoing radiology procedures. Let us elaborate.

Every day, all over the country, patients are in and out of hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers. While there, they are given multiple tests and undergo several different procedures. Often patients are under the care of multiple people at once including nurses, specialists, and physicians.

Now keep in mind that all of this activity must be recorded in the patient’s records for future reference. It must all be combined with all of the patient’s past history and any other relevant information concerning the patient’s treatment. This is vital for two reasons.
· Number one is the health of the patient. All activity must be documented to ensure the patient is getting the best treatment possible.
· Reason number two is to protect the hospital in the case of their activities being called into question.

This is where the transcriptionist comes in. If you are looking for jobs in radiology transcription, your job will revolve around recording various activities for patients undergoing radiology treatments and procedures.

You may simply be helping keep records of ultrasounds, x-rays, and sonograms received by the patient. You may also be working on the therapy side of radiology where your transcriptionist job will include keeping records of chemotherapy and other forms of radiology treatment.

How do you know if you have what it takes to get a radiology transcription job?


Needless to say, radiology transcription jobs require excellent knowledge of computers along with fast and accurate typing skills but that is not all. A radiology transcriptionist should also have a good working knowledge of medical terms and procedures. You will spend a great deal of time transcribing information from doctor’s recordings, and you will need to know the terms that are being used in order to ensure your record is correct.

As a radiology transcriptionist, you will also be required to have excellent grammar and spelling skills and the ability to research information in medical texts when you feel it is necessary, i.e., when a term comes up with which you are not familiar. Finally, you should be able to work independently if you are interested in a transcription job. Many transcriptionists work from home and under minimal supervision.

How to gain the necessary skills?

Most transcription jobs require previous experience in the field. Naturally, in order to get experience, you need to land the first job first and the quickest way to do that is through training via Internet or a learning center.

Keep in mind that if you are interested in radiology transcription jobs in particular, you will need to brush up on the area of interest and learn as much as possible about radiology.

The field of radiology transcription jobs is fairly competitive. Among all Medical Transcription jobs, radiology seems to attract a great deal of interest and little wonder the field of x-rays, ultrasounds, and chemotherapy is one of the most fascinating medical fields working today.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Doctors/Physicians joins Medical Transcription BPO

Moving into healthcare sector and medical transcription, the job opportunities for doctors and nurses in the country are getting widened, an industry expert said.

In a BPO firm, the job of a doctor can include medical billing, transcription and coding for the US hospitals.

Medical transcription, also known as MT, is an allied health profession, which deals in the process of transcription, or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals into text format.

However, some companies also provides high-end knowledge process outsourcing where a doctor is required to study the reports of elderly patients
and do risk assessment and prepare reports for health Insurance companies in the US.

At present, the IT services and business outsourcing company has 10 doctors in its team who does insurance claim processing, claim and long-term care management.

Dhawal, Head of HR of RtechMD a medical transcription service provider company said: "We generally hire doctors for training our workforce. The doctors in our firm also work as quality analyst for our medical transcription work."

RtechMD currently has 2 doctors on its roll. The doctors are also enjoying this corporate job which comes with fat pay-packet.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Medical Transcription Industry back in action ????

It was almost a cottage industry in the 90s, only to lose steam in 2000.

But if you thought the medical transcription (MT) industry in India is history, think again.
Latest studies reveal that it is raring to take off yet again. And this time, the future is well chalked out.

When it took off in the 90s, anyone with a little space and enterprise opened an unit in their living room.

Unfortunately, the boom didn't last and hit rock bottom in 2001. The reason: Too many entrants, lack of entrepreneural skills and knowledge of industry and security issues. Many small players opted out.

But since 2004, the sector has slowly but steadily worked its way up. Now, it generates revenues worth $195 million. The figure is expected to go upto $647 million by 2010, according to ValueNotes study.

In fact, the study found that at present, India-based MT vendors employ around 18,000; by 2010, the numbers will go up to 52,000. A Nasscom study released last month too confirms this northward move of the Indian MT industry. It says India has 120 to 150 MT companies which earn an annual income of $220 to $240 million.

According to experts the industry will witness further consolidation with large American MT service organizations eyeing smaller Indian offshore vendors

Experts say there has been a systematic ramp-up and a steady flow of business from the US to India which is our largest market.

If things go this way, the industry will see good times again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Medical Transcription - BPO Services

Indian software services BPO companies are setting their sights on the healthcare outsourcing market. Hospitals and large physician groups in the US outsource activities such as patient records, handling claims, medical policies for the government and third party administrators (TPAs), so that hospitals do not have to bear these overheads.

Indian BPOs, which earlier forayed into the healthcare segment through medical transcription, which involved necessary documentation to satisfy regulatory and insurance provider requirements, are now looking at high-end outsourcing contracts.

RTechMD believes in superior listening skills and retention power, that’s why we able to produce better results in certain fields of medical transcription.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Medical Transcription Services Outsourced To India

You can now turn to India to meet all your transcription requirements. Several leading medical transcription service providers with genuine expertise have come up throughout India, to cater to the medical and legal transcription needs of offshore clients. The result of course is achievement of highest possible quality at very reasonable costs.

Skilled transcriptionists in India, who are knowledgeable in all areas of medicine, use latest technology to service the ever-increasing customer base of single doctors, clinics, practices and hospitals of all sizes. Additionally, support teams work with clients to provide quick and best solutions. Medical transcription service providers in India are equipped to act as capacity-rich partners, who can handle huge lines of transcription with speed and accuracy. These outsourcing service providers are ideally suited to customers with large, high volume transcription needs as well as those with lesser volume of transcription needs.

Following is the kind of medical transcription work that can be outsourced to India

* Operative Note

* Discharge Summary

* Medical Billing

* Progress Note

* SOAP Note

* Letters

* Initial Evaluation and Management

* Independent Medical Evaluation

* Telephone Consult

* Consultation

* History and Physical Notes, and more!

Indian medical transcription companies use secure streaming over the internet for handling of dictations or voice files and for the delivery of completed work. One thing to look out for is the security standards employed by these companies. It is desirable to meet the guidelines established in the four HIPAA categories specific to Transcription related organizations, including Administrative Procedures, Physical Safeguards, Security Services, and Security Mechanisms.

Transcription companies in India serving offshore companies boast of experienced production and quality Assurance professionals. All are HIPAA compliant, quality controlled, confidential, efficient, inexpensive, and secure. Proof reading teams ensure that there are no English or formatting errors. The world of opportunity also lies in the fact that these service providers minimize costs without compromising on quality and timely delivery.

To sum up, a vast pool of English speaking resources, Cost-savings, and quicker turn around time, are the advantages of outsourcing medical transcription to India.

Medical transcription outsourcing is one of the fastest growing outsourcing products. Most prestigious hospitals in US and other parts of the world are outsourcing their medical transcription work to India. Also, it is a very important part of the health care industry. Hence, physician's groups, individual doctors, as well as hospitals and clinics, all turn to India to receive superior, completely accurate and legal quality transcription work, done with utmost care and quali

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