Transcriptionists Becoming Medical Documentation Specialists

There’s lots of really interesting transformations happening in the transcription industry (as I’ve written about before). One of those that I haven’t seen many people talking about is the transition of Transcriptionists becoming Medical Documentation Specialists.

It kind of makes sense that transcriptionists could assist doctors in doing all the granular medical documentation. Certainly the doctor will still be the center of the documentation and they’ll be the source of all the documentation. However, I can quickly see the transcriptionists job continuing to move away from the straight transcribing of voice to text and more and more into the medical documentation arena. This trend had been happening for a while, but I can really see this accelerating as transcriptionists try to find their way in an EMR world.

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John Lynn

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  • I think you make a valid point. While many people pronounced the dawn of EMRs as the end of medical transcriptionists, I think that while the role may change, they can still have a very important function to play in the EMR world. A recent e-mail newsletter that I received regarding malpractice insurance risk clearly demonstrates this point. As part of the comments regarding a malpractice case, it was stated that one of the issues that worked against the doctor in the case was his use of cut-and-paste in his EMR documentation. It was stated that despite the use of template driven EMRs and drop-down menus that patient specific information still needs to be part of the medical record. This includes specific discussions regarding the patient’s diagnosis and treatment considerations. This is clearly a role that medical transcriptionists can fulfill as part of an integrated approach to the EMR documentation.

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