Can Electronic Medical Reports Eliminate Medical Transcription Services?

Medical Transcription has been crucial for the sustenance of medical reporting and patient record maintenance. But over the last few years, it has witnessed tough competition from EMR or Electronic Medical Records services. EMRs were launched in the last decade with the hopes of eliminating the need for medical transcription services. So, will they actually eliminate the requirement for transcription? Or are EMRs nothing but a fancier way of recording patient’s data?

If the preferences of healthcare providers, physicians and lawmakers are taken into consideration, then online EMR services have still a long way to go before they are improved and can be used as an alternative for traditional medical transcription. This is widely believed that medical transcription, on a whole and even when outsourced provides more benefits than EMRs. For instance, documenting a patient encounter is difficult and time-consuming with EMR, but it is incredibly easy with medical transcription. While EMR may require more time and concentration from physician, medical transcription hardly requires any time, also it decreases physician’s need to account data as everything clerical, data-entry or recording and transcribing is actually done by a medical transcriptionist. So, the physician can focus on working better, treatment more patients instead of documenting illness and patient encounters.

Medical transcription services cannot be eliminated because they work in conjunction with EMR. They seamlessly integrate with EMR fields through reportable transcriptions and ensure that the patient data is accurate, complete and usable within a hassle. At the same time, medical transcription helps in maintain revenue, while EMRs don’t help. In fact, EMR reduces number of patients that can be catered to every day, which in turn reduces revenues.

Physicians are paid a lot. And therefore, relying on EMR for eliminating medical transcription can actually result in increased data entry costs. On the other hand, transcriptionists are cheaper and they reduce data entry costs, while providing as much accuracy as a doctor or a physician. This in turn helps in improving productivity of the physician or increases the overall effectiveness of the organization’s workload. At the same time, it is medical transcription that works with EMRs and increases their usability by offering valuable documentation of electronic reporting.

On a whole, medical transcription increases accuracy. Since free text typing into EMR has a higher error rate, physicians and healthcare professionals need something that increases accuracy and reduces the chance of error. This is where medical transcription comes to picture. It identifies possible errors in dictation and increases accuracy. At the same time, it adds a level of familiarity since every doctor or healthcare provider can access documentation or patient’s record. So, even the patients who are being transferred to other doctors can expect to be treated with a full-fledged knowledge of history.

Last but not the least, EMRs require editing, while medical transcription doesn’t. That’s the reason why EMR cannot replace or eliminate the need for medical transcription.

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