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Adding Dictation to Your EMR Will Increase Acceptance and Provide a True ROI

by Christine Keele, COO, Transcription Unlimited, Inc.

The concept of using an electronic medical record for documenting and storing the details of a patient encounter has been around for over 30 years, and is still a sound idea.  Why then, after all these years, did it take an act of Congress to get healthcare providers to accept this concept in their care delivery process?

Why were financial incentives and penalties required to get healthcare providers to adopt an EMR?  Until the ARRA HITECH Act was passed in 2009, EMR adoption by healthcare providers hovered at around 12 percent. The three basic issues hindering the adoption of EMRs have always been: (1) acceptance of the technology by healthcare providers, (2) cost of the technology, and finally (3) the return on investment (ROI).

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Using Dictation with Your EMR Offers Multiple Benefits and a True ROI

by Christine Keele, COO, Transcription Unlimited, Inc.

For medical practices that have already invested in a legacy EMR, Transcription Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) offers EMR optimization services that re-introduce dictation into the physician’s workflow. Eliminating productivity declines and utility deficiencies, using dictation and transcription in conjunction with your EMR can significantly revitalize it, allowing medical practices to get the most out of their capital investment. TUI has built HL7 interfaces into the industry’s leading EMRs, so you can continue to dictate patient notes and still receive all the benefits of EMR technology.

One of the biggest drawbacks to the successful adoption of electronic medical record EMRs or EHRs – whichever terminology you prefer — is physician documentation; specifically, the use of point-and-click, structured templates. While hospital administrators and CIOs sometimes prefer full utilization of the EMR structured documentation capabilities over narrative dictation and transcription, physicians struggle with capturing the complexity of their patients’ stories within checkbox templates. Many prefer traditional narrative dictation and transcription.

HIM professionals and CIOs face a considerable challenge: how to balance physician productivity, satisfaction, and preferences with the need for structured, discrete data and meaningful use EMR adoption.

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