Speech recognition receives a lot of attention as a viable solution to multiple healthcare documentation issues. However, one common misconception surrounding speech recognition is that it will eliminate the need for transcription, thus eliminating the medical transcriptionist.
It is important to note that the availability of speech technology has not diminished the need for transcription in hospitals, clinics, or private practices. In fact, the number of lines of transcription continues to increase year after year.
M*Modal’s speech technology can provide an edit-ready draft that the medical transcription editor (MTE) can validate and correct. Speech technology is never 100% accurate and must be reviewed by a highly skilled MTE. As a result, speech technology cannot eliminate medical transcriptionists. When speech technology is used, typing is no longer the primary role of the MTE; it is validating and correcting the draft report to ensure medical accuracy. Your knowledge, experience and understanding of medical terminology are even more important than ever.
Understanding medical terminology is something every medical transcriptionist must learn. The shift from typing to editing places greater emphasis on the knowledge of medical terms, rather than on typing speed. The MTE position is critical to the process because their professional experience is mandatory for the validation and correction of the draft document. The MTE can also provide value-added, timely feedback.
The primary goal of the medical transcriptionist has always been to produce a high quality medical document. In addition to producing an edit ready draft, M*Modal’s speech technology also handles the formatting of the document such as headings, abbreviations, and other account specifications automatically. This further allows the MTE to focus their attention on the most important part of the job—ensuring an accurate report!