Having this blog has given me the opportunity to talk with a number of different transcription companies over the years. I think one thing has become pretty clear. The face of transcription is certainly changing quickly, but the need for transcription is still going to be there for a long while to come. Although, it won’t be the same process of transcription as we know today. Transcription and EMR will start to come together more and more.
Many of us (including myself) were quick to use transcription cost savings as a way to justify the purchase of an EMR. What I think we’ve seen over the 5 or so years I’ve been writing about EMR is that transcription can still be a fantastic compliment to an EMR system. EMR cost justification will often have to come from some of the other EMR benefits.
With that as background, I was quite interested in a company called myMonolog that I met at the Mobile Health Expo. They’re creating an online marketplace for finding and utilizing a transcription service. I’ll admit that I’m not an expert in transcription, but I like the idea that you have a marketplace of transcription providers to choose from and you can see the ratings and reviews from other people who have used that transcription service. I also like that they have an app for Smart Phones to be able to record, send and view the transcriptions.
I’d still like to see them do some deep integrations between their system and EMR vendors, but I think it’s an interesting idea to create a marketplace for transcription services. Plus, if you choose to change transcription service providers, you can still use the same interface with a new provider. Or if your transcription company gets behind, you can just hire another transcription provider to catch you up.
myMonolog has offered Physicians, Nurses or administrators that read this site a 1 week free trial of transcription services if you use the promotion code: “emrandhipaa” when registering. If you need transcription services, try it out and let me know what you think of the service.