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Why medical transcription services matter

Why medical transcription services matter

The healthcare industry stands on a foundation of patient data and medical reports. 

Thousands of people consult with their local physicians and other healthcare professionals daily. These interactions must be recorded in a text format for easy reference. 

The healthcare industry is increasingly adopting medical transcription services and software to create greater cost-efficiency. 

The industry is growing, and outsourcing medical transcriptionists from firms like MVP Asia Pacific allows medical facilities to streamline their business.   

What is medical transcription? 

Medical transcription is the manual processing of voice reports, specifically by physicians and other healthcare professionals, into a text format. It’s more efficient to glance at a text report than listen to a long audio file that gets corrupted over time.  

Medical transcription includes everything from clinical summaries to surgical notes. Patient care can generate a lot of reports in a day, and often, each must be produced from hurried recordings. 

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What is medical transcription?

Medical transcriptionists must be proficient in a medical facility’s primary language, familiar with medical terminologies, and have excellent typing and listening skills. 

It’s too time-consuming for medical facilities to do this, so medical transcription services are often outsourced. 

Today the medical field also relies on speech recognition software, but a trained medical transcriptionist should still be the first choice. Aside from better rates, outsourcing gets you skilled transcriptionists.

Duties involved in medical transcription 

Medical transcription doesn’t just mean writing a big block of text from an audio recording. 

The role includes editing and formatting the report, which is then reviewed by a physician. This industry is a growing area like the rest of the medical field.

The main duties of a medical transcriptionist include the following: 

Medical history 

Physicians will frequently record patients’ medical histories during their consultations and review them later. Medical transcriptionists transcribe medical history reports for a variety of medical specializations. 

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Data interpretation 

Medical transcriptionists interpret and categorize the dictated data into notes, operative reports, patient records, consultations, and discharge summaries. 

It’s also the responsibility of the medical transcriptionist to catch doctors’ errors, such as grammatical ones, and correct them in the transcription. 

Review transcription software work 

Medical facilities that use speech recognition apps usually end up having to hire a medical transcriptionist to review the document. The software can easily mistranscribe many medical terms and lead to inaccurate reports.

A speech recognition app may not be able to differentiate between the words “anuresis” and “enuresis” when spoken

Medical transcriptionists are trained to recognize terminologies, a crucial skill, especially when many words sound alike. They have the context to determine which is correct. 

Medical records

Medical transcriptions utilize the medical facility’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) or Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system in a secure digital format. Oftentimes, they will also be given access to input the data records themselves. 

Duties involved in medical transcription 

Find skilled medical transcriptionists through MVP Asia Pacific

Despite the presence of speech recognition software, medical transcription still works best when done manually. 

Software errors require manual reviews of both the transcribed and original audio files, which wastes time and money. 

Hiring trained and experienced medical transcriptionists to do the work directly is more efficient and serves as a natural fail-safe. Even within the transcription industry, medical transcription occupies a unique niche, requiring medically-trained workers. 

Medical transcription is one of the services you can outsource from MVP Asia Pacific’s healthcare services. You can save valuable resources and dedicate your time to more critical tasks with an outsourced team. 

MVP Asia Pacific trains its medical transcription team to interpret medical abbreviations and terminologies. Clients are assured their transcription reports will be taken care of. 

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act protects patients’ information from being shared without their consent or knowledge. MVP Asia Pacific is HIPAA-compliant. It ensures that all clients’ medical data is protected and secured.  

Contact MVP Asia Pacific today for top-notch medical transcription services. 

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