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Transcription Is a Proven Accelerator of EMR/EHR Adoption

Posted May 20, 2013 —

Most of the discussions surrounding EMRs/EHRs today are focused on meeting various Stages of Meaningful Use. Most people, but not all, agree that implementing EMR/EHR technologies and meeting Meaningful Use are important first step towards achieving the vision of a nationwide, fully interoperable electronic health record (EHR/EMR) system. However, the gap between that vision and current reality remains wide. Many healthcare providers still use paper records. Other providers have tried to implement EHR systems, but unfortunately, many such projects have failed. Industry experts agree that failure rates of electronic medical record (EMR/EHR) implementations range from 50 to 80 percent. Clearly, the challenges of EHR adoption and implementation remain great.

The medical transcription/clinical documentation sector is well positioned to serve as a faster bridge and solution to enabling greater EHR/EMR adoption. The medical transcription sector can support EHR/EMR adoption in the following three ways:

  1. Transcription allows healthcare providers to use existing and proven technology platforms to facilitate the transition to electronic records. Healthcare enterprises facing fiscal and/or worksite challenges in implementing large-scale, fully integrated EHR/EMR platforms can increase adoption by using existing electronic document exchange solutions found in medical transcription service platforms. Standardized healthcare documentation exchange practices will bolster the nationwide electronic exchange for health information in a secure, private, and accurate manner.
  2. Transcription allows providers to develop and support quality and security standards leading to greater document compliance and improved EHR adoption. When capturing patient encounter information accurately, uniformly, and securely across healthcare enterprises, there is greater likelihood of ensuring quality and compliance of the record for safe patient outcomes and legitimate reimbursements, when transcription is used.
  3. You should continue to use dictation and transcription – the preferred method for the majority of physicians. The knowledge and experience of medical transcriptionists can be deployed to support existing workflow practices and assist in migrating the healthcare system from a paper-based record to a fully interoperable electronic system. A transcription service can also serve in risk management and document compliance roles to ensure the integrity and security of electronic document management systems.