Archive for June 2, 2009

EHR Adoption Success Directly Linked to Transcription: Industry Associations Take Solution-Focused Message to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – (Business Wire) The proven ability for medical transcription to facilitate accurate, cost-effective EHR adoption will be the key message brought by the members of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) to federal legislators on Capitol Hill when the associations convene in Washington, DC, for their annual Advocacy Summit. With the HITECH Act, the Obama Administration’s high priority on nationwide EHR adoption has opened an opportunity for the transcription sector to educate the current Administration and Congress about the need for contemplative, prudent migration to the EHR – one that preserves the role of complex narrative and engages human intelligence in ensuring the accurate, secure capture of patient healthcare encounters.

The Advocacy Summit, being held June 3-4, 2009, in Washington, DC, will focus on the need for standards and regulations in EHR technology integration/adoption, the role of transcription in safeguarding protected health information (PHI), and the need for workforce development funding in healthcare documentation to ensure a knowledgeable.

“Healthcare can ill afford a knee-jerk reaction to the EHR requirements of the HITECH Act,” states Peter Preziosi, PhD, CAE, AHDI/MTIA chief executive officer. “Successful EHR adoption and meaningful interoperability hinge on healthcare’s ability to set standards that promote efficient, cost-effective, quality-driven data capture solutions. The transcription sector is uniquely positioned to offer healthcare delivery the means to make that happen, and that’s what we’ll be sharing with this new Administration and the new Congress.”

The associations will take to the Hill their Transcription: Proven Accelerator to EHR Adoption whitepaper, which includes compelling statistics that demonstrate (a) the loss of income to physicians who integrate EMR/EHR technologies ineffectively, (b) the critical role of transcription technology solutions in facilitating better EHR adoption, (c) the value of solutions that create “rich, interrelated narratives” rather than cookie-cutter records, and (d) the irreplaceable role of a knowledge worker in data integrity management.

About AHDI

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), has been the professional organization representing medical transcriptionists since 1978. AHDI sets standards of practice and education for medical transcriptionists, administers a dual credentialing program, has established a code of ethics, and advocates on behalf of the profession. For more information, visit

About MTIA

The Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA) is the world’s largest trade association serving medical transcription service operators. Its mission is to create an environment in which medical transcription companies can prosper, grow, and deliver the highest level of healthcare documentation services. For more information, visit The two associations formed a strategic legal partnership in 2007 to pool critical resources and collaborate on key initiatives focused on optimizing healthcare delivery.

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Medical Transcription and Dictation Services

These days, medical transcription and dictation services are provided to various healthcare settings including clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, healthcare centers and long term acute care centers. Medical transcription is one of the IT related challenging services that require outstanding execution skill with professionalism.

Nature of Work

Medical transcription and dictation services comprise the conversion of a physician’s audio files into written transcripts. The process involves the following steps-

-Physicians dictate their notes into a digital recording device, which involves toll-free phone lines, PC dictation and handheld digital recorders
-Transfer of these voice recordings to transcribers via a file transfer protocol (FTP)
-Medical transcriptionist transcribes the audio files into text format
-Transcribed reports are sent back via browser based secure 256 bit AES encrypted file transfer protocol

Transcription Companies Offer Perfect Solutions

There are many transcription companies that offer medical transcription and dictation services to improve your overall efficiency and patient care. Based on customer requirements, they prepare chart notes, rehabilitation notes, radiography reports, radiology reports, history and physical reports, discharge summaries, progress reports, psychiatric evaluations, emergency notes and SOAP notes.

Medical transcription providers utilize advanced dictation and transcription systems, and meet all HIPAA regulations for electronic transmission of patient information.

Advantages of Medical Transcription and Dictation Services

-Competitive pricing
-Pragmatic and flexible approach
-Streamline information workflow
-Increase efficiency
-Secured access for authorized users to all transcribed reports
-Quick turnaround time
-High data accuracy and security
-Secured access for authorized users to all transcribed reports
-HL7-Based EMR integration capabilities

Approach a Competent Medical Transcription Firm

Find a reliable medical transcription company to benefit from high quality medical transcription and dictation services. While choosing such a service provider, consider the three most important factors – accuracy, turnaround time and security.

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