Showing posts with label medical transcription. Show all posts
Showing posts with label medical transcription. Show all posts

2.09.2015

Client Referral Program Launch & Offer



Our clients rock!  To show our appreciation for their confidence in our work, we are launching a Client Referral Program designed to reward them for telling others what they already experience: 


  • Highest quality and on-time transcription services.
  • Outstanding customer service.
  • Customizable technology that complements EMRs, mobile dictation and other healthcare technology.





Our clients will receive a 10% credit based on the value of the referred new client's business with us in their first full month.  There is no limit to the amount of referrals or referral bonuses earned.  Referrals can be sent by filling out a short Google form here.


The program is easy, but you must be a client to partake!  Of course, I don't want you to feel left out if you are not currently a client, so I will offer a 5% credit on your second month's invoice if you become a client by the end of February.  All you have to do is mention this blog post.

 



5.20.2013

Happy National Medical Transcriptionist Week



This week we celebrate medical transcriptionists, who play a vital and fundamental role in healthcare documentation.

Our dedication and attention to detail is integral in keeping patients safe and impact physician revenue by creating quality and timely documentation.



Source:  Advance for Health Information Professionals

Have a great week!




4.16.2013

What You Need To Know - EMRs


Did you know

Not all EMRs are able to export demographics or import medical records from your medical transcription service?  Upon purchase, your EMR must have an interfacing component, even if it isn't used immediately.  When researching your EMR, be sure that lab results, radiology and transcription are able to be imported into your new system. 

Issues

Many practices, clinics, hospitals are assured they can do their own transcription and save tons in transcription costs.  This is a fallacy.  Our clients have actually lost money as the time it takes to document a simple visit lends itself to the focus being on the computer instead of the patient and billable hours take a hit from seeing less patients.  

We are working with a client who has an EMR and after having it for some time is coming back to dictation/transcription for documentation because the EMR is lacking.  In order to document patient encounters the way the physician would like, he would have to fork out $3800 to $5000 plus a monthly fee for interfacing HL7.  To add to that, his EMR vendor needs to switch him over to another system due to Meaningful Use Stage 3 issues as the current EMR is no longer compatible.  


Solutions

Plan B with this client is dictating via his cell phone and then doing a copy/paste into his EMR via our software platform (for billing, tracking line counts and transcriptionists).  


We believe and have found that working with the EMR companies (although is not easy at times) in providing a blended approach, using both the EMR in combination with transcription, is most beneficial to the practices' bottom line and most of all patient care.  

We want to partner with you in providing your patients appropriate documentation while making the physicians' lives easier.  Want to know more?  See what we have to offer.  


3.19.2013

Obamacare Humor



The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new healthcare package. 

The allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.

The gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.

Meanwhile, obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted. Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the pediatricians said, “Oh, grow up!”

The psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the radiologists could see right through it. Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing, and the internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.

The plastic surgeons opined that this proposal would “put a whole new face on the matter”. Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.

The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.

In the end, the proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.

Credit:  Fellow MT.

2.13.2013

What Sets Us Apart

There are so many medical transcription companies out there. How do you choose the one for your practice, clinic or hospital?  All medical transcription companies tout the same high accuracy, quick turnaround, etc.  Those qualities in a medical transcription service provider (MTSO) should be an absolute given because you're producing documentation for a patient.

Setting Just My Type Transcription apart from other medical transcription service providers is easy.  All companies focus on the same perks, what physicians need to hear, industry standards.  The proof is truly in the end product, and not all transcription companies and/or medical transcriptionists produce or care to produce accurate reports.

Here's are a few items that set us apart.

Workflow

No need to change your workflow or the way you dictate.  We seamlessly fit into your everyday affairs, which allows total focus on your patients.  Whether you use our platform or want Word documents, we cater to our clients.

Accuracy

We are producing reports at 100% accuracy, and this is verifiable in our software platform.

Technology

We offer our clients the cutting-edge software platform with the ONLY mobile application that goes beyond just dictation.

Speech Understanding Technology

Generate transcription text using software that "learns" to "understand" individual dictators.  

EMR Integration

Record patient encounters traditionally as narrative reports and/or as structured data which can then be integrated into an EMR without a decline in productivity (revenue).  If an EMR system isn't yet a reality for your practice, having months of history that will then be able to be integrated when you're ready gives your practice a head start in meeting Meaningful Use.  This will also relieve staff time scanning documents, etc.

Support

Unprecedented setup, implementation and ongoing support, not only from us but from our software provider, Emdat.  You're never alone!


Contact us for a free demonstration of our platform or to get started with a free trial.

7.12.2012

5.18.2012

National Medical Transcriptionist Week May 20 - 26

Our work is so important.  We're not just a second set of eyes, we're the last line of defense in ensuring the integrity and accuracy of patients' health records.  


Though our names may change, the job doesn't, and I take great pride in being a medical transcriptionist, medical language specialist, healthcare documentation specialist (whatever they want to call me).  I love this job and am grateful it's being recognized!  Read Ronald Reagan's Proclamation here.  

Looking for MT Week education opportunities?  Check out MT Tools Online.  Also, follow along and post often for some great games throughout MT week with great prizes.  

How do you plan to celebrate MT Week?  


4.27.2012

AHDI Credential Renaming


Happy Friday to everyone!!!!

I want to get the word out here to fellow medical transcriptionists, editors, and QA folks.

Please click the link below, read, and at the bottom there is a survey for our renaming our credentials.  Whether you are credentialed or not, plan to be or not, your voice should be heard as this affects us as a whole. The poll will close May 1, 2012.

Here's some text from AHDI's blog

In response to the recent rebranding of the medical transcription practitioner to Healthcare Documentation Specialist (HDS), the CDT is exploring new names for the credentials Certified Medical Transcriptionist and Registered Medical Transcriptionist. We are seeking your input on the renaming of the credential. 

Here is a link to the AHDI's blog post - Survey: AHDI Credential Renaming  

Please let your voice be heard on this matter. Thank you, and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



4.09.2012

The Future of Clinical Documentation Industry

I was forwarded an email today from my ASP which is written by a company that helps MTSOs purchase and buy other MTSOs describing the industry and explaining reasons as to the changes happening. I read this and loved it, wanted to share.

I could NOT find the link to the blog post but will copy it here directly from the email I was forwarded:

The Changing Landscape in Clinical Documentation

In my last note I talked about the evolution of the clinical documentation business and why I thought it would survive. This past month two very significant events occurred further changing the landscape in the industry: (i) the closing of the Clinical Documentation Industry Association (MTIA) and (ii) the announced merger of Transcend Services with Nuance Communications. Does this change my mind?
Not really.
From a nostalgic perspective, these changes are a little melancholy. I attended my first MTIA conference in 1996 or so. It always seemed like a right of membership to complain about the annual dues versus the perceived benefits of MTIA. But it’s sad to see it gone and we’ll miss the annual meeting. With regard to Transcend, it has been a significant player in the medical transcription industry for over 15 years. Their management team did such a tremendous job of growing the business that Nuance just offered to purchase them for $29.50 per share ($300 million). Alas, in several months the Transcend name will also be gone.
From a business perspective, you have to wonder if these events forecast a bleak future for the industry. Are there now too few potential members with enough money to support an industry association? Is the number two player in the industry selling out before it’s too late?
Addressing the latter first, Nuance put their money where their mouth is by investing $300 million in the industry to buy Transcend. The name Transcend might go away, but the relationships with its clients and the vast majority of its employees (especially the MT’s) will remain intact. I know that the management team at Transcend is very smart, but I am also certain that the management team at Nuance is neither na├»ve nor stupid. They believe in the industry and that’s a good thing. Transcend acted in a manner they believed to be in the best interests of their shareholders, clients and employees. So did Nuance.
The closing of MTIA related in part to the consolidation in the industry. But, truth be told, most MTSO’s have not sold out. However, we just went through an unprecedented downturn in the economy and everyone had to find areas to cut back on expenses. On top of that the industry is undergoing rapid technological change and pricing declines affecting everyone in the business. In the end, paying dues to an industry association probably just wasn’t high on the list of many. MTIA did a great job for many years and we should thank all of the board members and the MTIA leadership for their efforts.
Change is a double edged sword. Kodak filed for bankruptcy, but FUJI Film is more successful than ever. Clinical documentation is not going away – it is changing. You have to be willing to invest the time, energy and money necessary to change with it. If you don’t want to do that, you owe it to yourself, your clients and your employees to consider taking the route that Transcend did. If you ever want to explore that or talk about what we are seeing, please give me a call.
John Suender, President
Suender M&A Advisors, LLC

I then went on to browse their site (and sign up for email alerts) and came across this article. The typos bother me, but the information that lies within is priceless.

Some Thoughts About the Future of the Clinical Documentation Industry

There are so many interesting, exciting (and sometimes downright frightening) things going on in our industry. We need to "go with the flow," reinvent ourselves if somethings not working, and the key to that IS knowledge.

3.27.2012

Medical Transcription Tools

Tools of the Trade


So, I'm working today (from home of course), and my son also being home for spring break comes in to the room to let me know that his App Redeem will be depositing money in my PayPal account.  Great!  Next out of his mouth, he says, "Hey mom, there is a cool App that may help you with your work."

I'm intrigued because he's a smart kid and very into technology (MIT is his goal).

He clicks on his iPhone 4S (yes, he has the better phone - I have an Android) and I am in my glory.  The App is called iTriage.  There are drugs names (generic & brand name) and (the best part for me) medication side effects.  I can't tell you how many times I'm transcribing for Dr. McEaty who's listing side effects while eating lunch (hence the name) and I can't for the life of me make out what he's saying.  I used this today and already scored some blanks.  There's a physician look-up, a symptom checker, procedures and blood test descriptions (although no normal ranges).

This is amazing....All in this info in the palm of your hand FOR FREE!

A screenshot from their blog:

You can install it right on your phone via Google Play.

Now, of course if you're a hypochondriac, this is not a good thing, but for transcriptionists, this is a diamond in the rough!


Shameless plug to follow -- 

If you're in need of quality clinical documentation or know someone who does, please visit us at Just My Type Transcription

3.08.2012

Emdat Mobile Application Update

More great features in this latest update!!!






Emdat has announced the release of version 1.12 of the Emdat Mobile application for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices) is available in the App Store.

This update has some significant improvements, including:

  • Users with permissions and iOS 5 or greater can edit transcriptions in the workflow
  • Appointments on the schedule can be filtered by scheduling resource
  • Filters added for additional appointment statuses
  • Unused user fields are now hidden in the demographic views
  • Stat button has been added to the toolbar when dictating
  • Fixed a bug that prevented dictation templates from refreshing
An Android version of the app is also available, and Emdat is working hard to bring even more features to both of our mobile applications.



Just My Type Transcription brings you the latest and greatest as technology partners with Emdat.  Contact us for a no-obligation demo or to get started.  

11.13.2011

EMR Implementation and Revenue Drop-off



What Physicians and Medical Facilities Need to Know

Studies show, the more a facility decreases their transcription costs with an EMR, the more their revenue is reduced. EMR vendors claim the revenue will come back after 6 or 8 months. In these tough economical times, can your office, clinic, hospital afford to lose thousands in revenue with the "assumption" it will return at some point?

How we know revenue will decrease:


Right now, EMR documentation by a physician takes an average of 4.5 minutes PER patient versus only 1.5 minutes for dictation of the encounter. If a physician sees 20 patients per day, that's at least 60 minutes of lost time (3 x 20) 60 minutes lost time. 

If we calculate this out that translates to

  • 300 minutes a week
  • 1200 minutes per month
  • 9600 minutes for 8 months
For offices that don't see a boatload of patients, it works. There is time in between appointments for EMR documentation by a physician.


Now, let's take a different look. Let's figure out how many patients' appointments physicians are giving up to "eliminate transcription" by documenting patient encounters themselves via an EMR (based on a 15-minute visit):

Based on the above calculations, physicians are losing:
  • 20 appointments per day
  • 80 appointments per month
  • 640 appointments for 8 months
What is losing 640 appointments going to cost your facility?  



What's the solution? So glad you asked.

  1. Doctors will either see less patients (reduced revenue) 
  2. OR work longer hours (as if they don't work enough hours)


What Just My Type Transcription wants to see happen:

Physicians are more expensive than transcriptionists. So, we say see patients instead, and as technology evolves, transcription costs will reduce. This way, revenue will not drop off while during EMR/EHR implementation.


Just My Type Transcription offers our clients many different ways to cut transcription costs while continuing to dictate as this is the quickest and most accurate means to documenting patient encounters.


Contact us us today for a free, no-obligation demo to see how your facility can save on transcription while implementing an EMR.

9.07.2011

EMR and Transcription - A Winning Combination


Just My Type Transcription partners with Emdat to bring you the leading technology in EMR integration.


This was recently posted on their website and will soon be incorporated into our site (as soon as I find the time).  


EMRs and Transcription

Are you an EMR client interested in incorporating dictation back into your workflow? Wouldn't it be great if physicians could complete their EMR using dictation, thereby increasing physician productivity and EMR adoption?

We provide a unique solution to Medical Facilities that allows physicians to properly document patients encounters in their EMR without sitting in front of a computer, all while increasing physician productivity and upholding attentive patient care.


METHODS OF POPULATING AN EMR SYSTEM

Electronic medical records (EMRs) aim to improve patient care and reduce costs while complying with Meaningful Use guidelines. However, most EMRs require doctors to enter patient data directly into the computer system, oftentimes causing a drop in physician productivity and, consequently, facility revenues. Medical Facilities want to make the best operational choice for their physicians, patients and bottom line. Let’s compare the options for populating data into an EMR.

EmdatFront End Speech RecognitionEMR Point-and-Click
COST
Per patient encounter cost averages $1.50. Software, hardware, maintenance and lost physician productivity.Software, hardware, maintenance and lost physician productivity.
IMPLEMENTATION
Physicians continue business as usual using traditional dictation method.Physicians must be trained on dictating, reviewing and editing their own documentation.Physicians must be trained to use and navigate system.
PRODUCTIVITY
Physician productivity increases using traditional dictation method. Smartphones allow physicians to create and upload dictations, as well as view and approve documentation prior to populating the EMR, on-the-go.Physician productivity declines as physicians spend four times the amount of time of traditional dictation documenting their encounters. Physicians must navigate to the appropriate field, dictate, and then edit their own documentation.Physician productivity declines as physicians spend six times the amount of time of traditional dictation documenting patient encounters. Patient to patient workflow is disrupted as physicians visit workstation to log in, navigate system, and conduct data entry after each patient encounter. Alternatively, physicians log in, navigate system, and conduct data entry via menus and templated paragraphs during patient visit.
DATA COLLECTION
Same data results as Front End Speech Recognition and EMR Point-and-Click without direct physician entry.  Physician required to spend time and effort entering data directly into EMR.Physician required to spend time and effort entering data directly into EMR.
COMPLIANCE
Full compliance (HIPAA, Meaningful Use, etc.). Full compliance (HIPAA, Meaningful Use, etc.).Full compliance (HIPAA, Meaningful Use, etc.).
AVERAGE ERROR FREQUENCY
0.33 errors per report.1.48 errors per report.7.8 errors per chart.


EMR POINT-AND-CLICK SUMMARY

Studies show that it takes a physician an average of 4.5 minutes per patient to document a visit using templates in an EMR system. By contrast, dictation takes only 1.5 minutes per patient. The result? Doctors will either see fewer patients or work longer hours. This productivity loss results in thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Consider that the calculated hourly wage for physicians and their medical assistants is significantly higher than that of transcriptionists. In addition, doesn’t high quality patient care mean physicians who focus on their patients instead of their computer screen?

FRONT END SPEECH RECOGNITION SUMMARY

Physicians must log in, navigate the EMR system and place the cursor where they need to dictate. After they generate content, the physician must edit it. Again, physicians spend their billable time performing data entry instead of treating patients. Again, productivity is lost and revenues are lost.

EMDAT SUMMARY

Emdat's DaRT tags transcription content (Eg. Chief Complaint, Medical History, Family History, etc.); integrates with any RIS, HIS, EMR or clinical repository; and discretely populates the EMR automatically. Every patient encounter is documented thoroughly and efficiently as if the clinician had entered it themselves via templates.

CONCLUSION: EMRS AND TRADITIONAL DICTATION — A WINNING COMBINATION

Emdat automatically integrates with EMRs and produces the highest quality, most complete medical document for the lowest cost, all while complying with government regulations, increasing physician productivity and upholding attentive patient care.


More so, our suite of applications streamlines the work process. Any authorized user can view, edit and electronically sign documentation online, 24/7/365. Encounter information is automatically routed, and can be sent automatically via auto-fax or a referral folder within the system. Alternatively, transcriptions, envelopes and standard cover letters can be printed automatically.

All this, at a cost significantly less than standard transcription services — our transcription templates and exclusive Qualified Text feature reduce the amount of typing required and reduce costs by up to 50%.

Emdat's software (brought to you by Just My Type Transcription) as a service delivers superb functionality and client satisfaction by streamlining workflow, reducing costs and providing free interfacing with any EMR system — all with no contracts, no capital investment, and rapid deployment.


EMDAT AND EMR SYSTEMS — A WINNING COMBINATION

  • Emdat assists with EMR completion, placing data into the appropriate section of the EMR documentation
  • Emdat requires no change in physician behavior, therefore acheiving higher physician adoption and physician satisfaction
  • Emdat increases physician productivity — physicians dictate rather than perform data entry
  • Emdat's EHR integration is a significant step towards "meaningful use"

CONTACT US TO LEARN HOW YOU CAN INCREASE PHYSICIAN PRODUCTIVITY WHILE RETAINING THE DOCUMENTATION CAPTURE CAPABILITIES OF AN EMR.



What are you waiting for?  Cite this blog post, switch to our service, and we'll discount 10% off your second invoice.   


8.21.2011

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Having spent almost 1460 days transcribing for doctors, PAs, residents, I have had my fair share of frustrating listening days.  Being a good listener by character does not always equate to ease in transcribing medical reports.  Sitting at a computer for hours and hours on end, trying to decipher a medical term in between bites of lunch, phone calls, political conversations, etc.,  is not for the weary.  A medical transcriptionist armed with the best headphones makes what we do a tad easier....But high-priced headphones haven't been the answer in my experience.

In the almost 4 years I've been in this field, I've tried so many different headphones it's ridiculous.  I've used headphones in every price point, splurging with the big-name headphones as well as buying cheapies. I've used in-ear, around-ear, sitting-in-the-ear, headphones you have to jam in your ear, ear buds, sound reduction, amplified....gosh, the list could go on and on.  I like to think of myself as a bit of a headphone guru because of how many I've gone through, tried and broken.  I have gone through much frustration in my search for the perfect pair.  Needless to say, I go through headphones like water.  They malfunction at inopportune times (in the middle of STAT reports) or worse one side stops working.

So, about a month ago, my son and I were in Target shopping and we are in the electronics department.  He is well aware of my frustration and my search for a great pair of headphones.  Looking at all the headphones was making my head spin (probably because I've already tried most of them). So, I turn to this 11-year-old darlin' and ask him what the heck pair I should buy.  His reply, plain and simple, "Skullcandy, mom.  They're the best."  He's an avid gamer and just overall a very smart young man (I'm totally unbiased, of course).  The pair he grabbed to show me were called INK'd, and since I have a couple tattoos myself, I figure this will be it for me - my perfect match.  So, for $16.99, I say what the hay and pick out a cute metallic pink pair and head on out.  I figure nothing could be worse than my last pair of overpriced loser (and now in the trash) headphones.

I will tell you, music literally played the first time I used them (and not because I was listening to music).  These babies are like no other.  I love, love, love them.  Did I say I love them?

First, the sound is utterly amazing!  Crystal clear.  It's as if Dr. Mushmouth is sitting next to me chewing his food, but this time I understand him.  They're extremely lightweight, amazingly comfortable.  These pups can be worn for 10 hours plus without ear pain (and trust me this has been tried & tested), and they don't fall out of my ears. I am over the moon that my son came with me to Target that day (he usually doesn't have the patience to shop with me), and he knew his stuff.

I found them on Amazon at an even lower price.  I just may be stocking up!!!

This turned into more of a sales pitch, but I assure you I make no profit or have any affiliation with Skullcandy.  I suppose my profit is that I make more money doing medical transcription as I'm more productive with these headphones.  Finally!



Cheers to finding the perfect pair of headphones so you can hear what I hear!




8.12.2011

Quality Outsourced Medical Transcription



Just My Type Transcription takes great care in producing high-quality patient documentation.  We treat patients as if they're our family, and we certainly don't want our family members' charts with errors.  

We're able to save new clients up to 40% on transcription costs with various options.  We know time is money, so email us to set up a quick demonstration of our web-based software which we provide to all customers as a service (no investment in software).  


7.06.2011

Save On Outsourcing Medical Transcription


July Special

In addition to saving new clients up to 40% by outsourcing their medical transcription to Just My Type Transcription, we're offering new clients 10% savings off their second invoice.     


6.18.2011

How I Found Medical Transcription

I haven't written in awhile, and I'd like to take a step back to discuss how I got into medical transcription.


Out of high school, I wanted to go into nursing.  I had a sister who passed away at 8 years old from complication of her eighth open heart surgery due to congenital heart disease.  I wanted to pay tribute to her by helping sick children.  I wanted to do this at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, which was where she was born.  While I loved and was truly interested in the medical terminology part, I just didn't see myself having the patience or bedside manner being 18 years old. With this in mind I moved on. Then, life got in the way.  I ended up landing some great executive assistant jobs as I had a love of computers. 


Fast forward 13 years.  I was pregnant with my son, and I couldn't imagine spending every day in an office while my son spent more time in daycare and/or with babysitters than with me.  It was just something I couldn't have happen (personal preference), so I searched for telecommuting jobs to no avail.  These jobs were just emerging and hard to find.  


In my research, I came across the magic words (for me) "medical transcription" -- doctors dictate about a patient's visit, and there is a typist who records what is said which is then placed in the patient's chart.  Medical transcription seemed like an unknown entity 13 years ago.  There was no advertising, no job listings in the paper and seemed as though it could quite possibly be a scam as well.  Every time the words medical transcription came up so did the words "scam."  Could one really work from home, be in the medical world AND make money at it? I then came across a company Transam where you pay them to do transcription and they "train you."  I was leery about this and instead continued on my quest.  I knew that working meant being paid, not having to pay to work.  Thankfully, my instincts (and common sense) didn't fail me. What I realized was that I could combine my love for the medical field AND computers.  Alas, it was a perfect fit!  I checked local colleges but couldn't see myself sitting in a classroom.  I needed something more conducive to my busy life with a 2-year-old son.


The big advocate for medical transcriptionists was AAMT (American Association for Medical Transcription) although they have since changed their name to The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI).  What amazed me was that there was distance learning, online courses being offered, and I could learn this field in the comfort of my home (no cadavers involved) and then work from home.  This opened up my world.  Everything was online. Medical transcription companies are online and offer online testing for employment.  Amazing!  This was why I found no job listings in the paper, etc. 


AHDI had a listing of approved schools wherein I found that Career Step offered an online training course.  It was a self-paced course, so I knew I would get out only as much as I put into it.  After much research, I finally took the plunge.  I LOVED it!  The course was very interactive and didn't bore me one bit (a big prerequisite for me).  It was challenging as well, which is what I liked the most.  Career Step also offered a forum where there was constant with others as being out in cyberspace learning can sometimes be daunting.  There were two aspects of the course, an objective portion where you learn the terminology and style and then they throw you into actual transcribing. There were almost a thousand reports in the course.  In under a year, I took and passed my final with honors, had two job offers the first week and accepted one of those jobs.  


I couldn't be happier with my choice to go into the medical transcription field.  Being a medical transcriptionist has taught me to be flexible and teachable at all times as things are always changing in this field.  As well, I have learned that I'm a line of defense ensuring the patient's record is accurate.  That aspect is very important to me.  Almost 4 years later, I now also do quality assurance and edit reports typed by other transcriptionists.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't learn something new.  Medical transcription is never boring and it fits me to a "T." 






http://justmytypetranscription.com

4.27.2011

EMR Horror

I have been hearing so many horror stories about the conversion to EMR.  Office staff staring at each other in bewilderment, not knowing what to do next, how to do it, etc. Doctors who have never in their lives touched a computer are so focused on pointing and clicking that their patients sit idly, ignored.  It's scary for all involved, the patients most of all.  Would I trust a doctor to correctly document my visit on a computer?  Not a chance.  Mistakes can happen.  Mistakes happen more when you overload an already overloaded doctor with learning the system.  What's the solution?  I will say that when doctors dictate, they accomplish far more than sitting at a computer.

Emdat says:
Studies show that it takes a physician an average of 4.5 minutes per patient to document a visit using templates in an EMR system. By contrast, dictation takes only 1.5 minutes per patient. That’s a difference of three minutes per patient! If a physician sees an average of 20 patients each day, that translates to 60 minutes a day. The result? Doctors will either see fewer patients or work longer hours. Transcription costs may be lower, but so is productivity, resulting in thousands of dollars in lost revenue. Consider that physicians and their medical assistants are more expensive than transcriptionists. Doesn't high quality patient care mean physicians who focus on their patients instead of their computer screen?

Outsourcing transcription is the answer.  Outsourcing transcription where a platform is used to populate an EMR system...Even better!  That's where I come in.  Just My Type Transcription uses this Emdat platform (software as a service) to populate the EMR, HIS or Clinical Repository System in place OR will house the history for the time when EMR becomes a reality for the practice.

In an article by Ann Silberman, on Kevin, MD's blog, raises this serious issue...
...However, these are things that need to be worked out before fully implementing an EMR system, at least for any doctor who cares about making a human connection with a patient. There are tablets, iPads, laptops. There has to be a way to maintain a bedside manner method of doctoring while embracing the digital age.
 The full article can be found at EMR, a patient's perspective.

There is a way to maintain bedside manner, and the practice needs to figure it out or lose patients.

Please check out my website at Just My Type Transcription to see how we can help you get your bedside manner back.

4.24.2011

Just My Type Transcription was born

My willingness to go off on my own in the world of medical transcription is in part due to the ridiculous wages for transcriptionists and even more so QA personnel.  It's frustrating to have a great MT who is more than willing to take his/her time, do the research, not focus on production as much as quality to be paid less than minimum wage.  We do need to pay the bills, some are single parents who can't hold a job outside the home due to a child's illness, or the ludicrous amount of school days off - institute day, conference day, blow your nose day.

Being a QA for an MTSO, I have seen some of the poorest quality reports generated from a renown (in their own minds) school who is all about the Benjamins. I am appalled by this. Someone did not do the research when they heard/typed 'celiac screw' and KEPT that in the report. Rookies make mistakes, yes, but I have also seen 'seasoned' MTs whose output is horrid, terrifying even. I personally have no idea how or why and MTSO would want to keep them. Again, low wages. They can't afford NOT to keep them. Sad but true.

This leads me to why I went off on my own. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe I took this job with the MTSO to further my education in the 'real world or transcription.' Of course, I didn't see this at the time. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I actually love this MTSO. I have learned a great deal from the 100+ doctors I have on the account I type for. I most definitely have a clear view of the company I want run and hopefully that will sustain me.

Just My Type Transcription