Accurate medical documents are paramount in delivering quality patient care. Physicians see many patients throughout an average day, and they are responsible for appropriately documenting their notes for patients’ medical charts, and insurance claims.
Most healthcare practitioners dictate their notes in an audio recording, which is then transcribed into a written document – and the importance of this transcription process can’t be overstated. Transcribed documents not only influence a patient’s case history, diagnosis, and treatment options, but also affects reimbursement for healthcare facilities & physicians. Medical transcription errors can result in serious consequences, putting both the patient and the healthcare facility at risk, while also causing delays in collection.
Here are four steps your facility can take to reduce errors in medical transcription.
Make a high-quality recording.
Poor audio makes a transcriptionist’s job difficult and increases the risk of errors. Dictate in a quiet room with no background noise and speak clearly and directly into the microphone.
Dictate as soon as possible.
Dictate patient notes immediately after an appointment to make sure you don’t forget any pertinent information. Dictating Operative Reports directly after surgery will also help to speed up the revenue cycle and ensure faster reimbursements.
Work with experienced transcriptionists.
Whether you have an in-house transcriptionist or you outsource the reports to a transcription company, you need to know you can rely on the quality of the work. Medical transcription requires a high level of skill, training, and experience, so vet your providers thoroughly.
Use efficient and user-friendly technology.
Clunky recording equipment or software can hinder the dictation and transcription process. Adopt a system that is easy and intuitive for physicians to use. MedTek provides a state-of-the-art mobile app that allows physicians to securely track, dictate, review, edit, and e-sign documents in one location, minimizing delays and improving overall accuracy and efficiency.
Learn more about MedTek’s transcription services.