Using the Draft as a Tool

Using the Draft as a Tool 

A major advantage of transitioning to editing is that you have the draft available to use as a tool.  This poses many advantages to you as a medical transcription editor. 

In the editing environment, you now have the draft available to you from the very beginning.  A lot of medical transcription editors find it helpful to do a quick initial review of the draft before starting the audio.  Reviewing the draft document before listening to the audio minimizes the number of edits required while listening to the audio.  Do not spend a lot of time on this initial review, just a quick scanning of the draft will allow you to catch a few edits.   Some of the edits that can be made during this initial review include: 

  • Structure changes
  • Left/right discrepancies
  • Normals insertion
  • Worktype changes

While listening to the audio, use the draft to help you identify upcoming edits and make edits more efficiently.  This can be done by reading ahead.  Knowing what the doctor is about to say is a powerful tool.  It can help you make decisions faster and be more productive.  For example, when a dictator corrects or repeats himself, we can read that in the document.  If the doctor started a sentence or section incorrectly and begins again, we will see this in the document.  

In the traditional transcription world, if you come across an unknown term you have two options: look it up or leave a blank – or both if you aren’t able to figure out the unfamiliar term.  When editing, there can be a temptation to assume that because it is in the draft and it looks like what the doctor said, that it is correct.  This is not always the case.  This frame of mind could lead to errors being delivered to the patient record.  It is important to remember that what you see in the draft is not always correct.  If you are not sure a term is correct, do not doubt yourself – doubt the draft!  Use the draft as a tool and take advantage of having the unfamiliar term in front of you.  It can now be the starting point for your research.  Not only will this ensure the accuracy of the document, it can also help you learn new terminology. 

Using the Draft as a Tool Can Help You

  • Avoid over editing
  • Edit more efficiently
  • Listen more attentively
  • Avoid the power of suggestion

We would love to hear from you regarding using the draft as a tool–Let’s Talk!


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