Is emr saving money and helping physicians see patients faster and quicker over doing dictated medical transcription


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As physician practices move towards EMR documentation, it’s important to know whether the system is helping physicians improve speed and efficiency of care.

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Is emr saving money and helping physicians see patients faster and quicker over doing dictated medical transcription

  1. 1. Is EMR Saving Money and Helping Physicians See Patients Faster and Quicker Over Doing Dictated Medical Transcription? With the 2015 deadline for EMR adoption, more and more healthcare facilities and physician practices are moving towards the implementation of digitized medical records. While the goals of EMR adoption are improved quality and safety of patient care and enhanced healthcare provider revenues, questions are now being asked as to whether these objectives are being met. A recent study by RAND Corporation says that EMR implementation has failed so far to generate expected health care cost savings and that its track record in improving patient care and productivity is as impressive as expected. Are dictated medical transcription services better than EMR when it comes to documentation? Documentation with EMR and Transcription Services Depending on the type of EMR, the average time taken for EMR documentation is 7 to 15 minutes. Patients find that they get less attention during an office visit because the physician has to focus on entering information into the EMR. According to a Medical Group Management Association study conducted in 2012, over 53% of healthcare systems or practices reported that they did not set aside enough time to train physicians to use the system, which means that they take more time to enter data. More time spent on EMR operation means less that patients are seen. Physicians need to enter the information correctly to get reimbursed. The RAND study says that the EMR system aims at increasing billing efficiency rather than helping physicians provide better patient care. Industry watchers even say that there is a chance that unscrupulous healthcare providers can misuse the system to bill the services which were not actually provided. In comparison to EMR, it takes only 3 minutes for a physician to dictate a note during a patient encounter. A dedicated medical transcription service provider can transcribe the audio accurately and in customized turnaround time, ensuring efficient documentation solutions for the physician. Overall Costs: EMR V/s Medical Transcription One of the main advantages that EMR is supposed to provide is the ease of transfer and accessibility of a patient’s medical record between practices and service providers such as hospitals, laboratories, specialists, radiology and so on. However, the RAND Corporation study points out that many commercial EMR systems are hard to operate and make it difficult for doctors and patients to share medical information across various systems. call: 1-800-670-2809
  2. 2. It has also been pointed out that each provider network has a unique EMR system and that systems are not compatible, making it almost impossible to share information. In addition to huge initial capital costs, the hardware of EHR system must be replaced in the event of serious technical issues. Also, the software has to be upgraded regularly. Maintenance costs can be quite high. However, good EMR software from a reputable vendor can ensure better productivity (quick access to patient information) and interoffice usability (sharing of information across systems). Experts are pointing out that the best way to improve patient care and revenues is to integrate medical transcription solutions with a good EMR system. Physicians can continue with their dictation and focus better on their patients. Reliable medical transcription companies provide affordable medical transcription services with feeds to EMR/EHR. About MTS MTS Transcription Services (MTS) is a medical transcription service company offering quality medical transcription outsourcing services to hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians and health care facilities of all specialties and sizes across US and Canada. Contact us: Headquarters: 8596 E. 101st Street, Suite H Tulsa, OK 74133 Main: (800) 670 2809 Fax: (877) 835-5442 E-mail: call: 1-800-670-2809