Adapting To New Technologies In The Medical Transcription Industry.
The advancement in technologies has necessitated that medical transcriptionists adapt to them in an ever-evolving medical documentation records upkeep technique. Due to quickly adapting to new techniques, the industry has progressed steadily and is definitely on an upward trend with a stable future.
Medical transcription has come a long way from doctors making notes themselves, to making dictations to in-field assistants who transcribe it and record them as medical documents. This further changed to outsourcing the work to make it cost and time effective.
Working with VRS (voice recognition systems) has further changed a medical transcriptionist's role from transcription to editing. Doctors use software to dictate which are then converted to documents automatically and the medical transcriptionists are required to edit and correct any technology-made errors.
Another major shift has been the EHRs. Though it existed since the 1960s, it has made a major impact since 1996 after the advent of HIPAA. Medical transcriptionists adapted to making medical documents with pre-filled fields to which changes are made by selecting from the drop-down menus provided and which follow a structured template.
The advent of these technologies does not diminish a well-trained medical transcriptionist's role as they are still very much needed to oversee the creation and recording of medical documents as error-free medical documentation is always the norm.