Electronic medical transcription record (EMR)[/caption]The electronic medical transcription record (EMR) is a computerized, legal medical record created by a healthcare organization, such as a hospital, doctor’s office, surgery center or diagnostic radiology practice.
The electronic medical record has many advantages over paper medical records. The two most obvious advantages are:
The ease with which the record can be updated electronically, and interoperability(the ability to exchange the information contained in the medical record with other EMR systems.)
These two advantages of the EMR facilitate the coordination of a patient’s care between different facilities.
Another obvious advantage of the electronic medical transcription is storage. Paper, files, folders, etc., take up an enormous amount of storage space, many times having to move stored files offsite from the healthcare facility, thereby creating a long lag time to “pull” an old chart to review pertinent information. With the EMR, the information is always readily available in an instant electronic format.
Electronic medical records are expected to improve efficiency by 6% per year, and the monthly cost of the EMR system is offset by many important factors such as:
What Does EMR stand for? = Electronic Medical Records
An EMR can help with your practice by:
- Eliminating the costs for duplication of unnecessary tests, like blood tests and MRIs reducing medical errors like pharmacological dosages or drug allergies.
- Making surgical procedures safer.
- Improving the care of patient’s with chronic illnesses.
- Encouraging better self care by allowing patients access to their EMR.
The initial concerns of the EMR, such as privacy concerns, have been addressed by theHIPAA rules and requirements of privacy (2003) and security (2005):
- Computer server must be in a secure locked room.
- Use of an EMR with user management and permissions.
- Perform regular backups and store backups in a safe place.
- Employ a computer specialist.
President Obama’s economic stimulus package included $19.2 billion for health information technology. Many healthcare organizations around the country are taking advantage of this opportunity to transition their paper record systems to electronic medical transcription systems, thereby streamlining the management and improving the efficiency of delivery of each patient’s healthcare information.
Medical Transcription and EMR
Your EMR system should give your physician the flexibility to use point-and-click technology as well as medical transcription.
Q-West Transcription Services can facilitate the integration of medical transcription within your current EMR system.
Whether you need editing of front or back-end speech recognition or require dictated medical transcription entered into the patient’s EMR, call us to discuss the options we have available to streamline your EMR process.
Please contact Q-West Transcription Services today for more info about medical transcription pricing and our affordable, high-quality service. Let us show you how you can reduce costs and increase productivity by out-sourcing your transcription to Q-West Transcription.