In-house medical transcriptionists are doomed- or are they? see above story

Update: Nov 5th, 2013

by: laura naumann
march 25, 2012

I decided to include one more outsourcing story to drive this point home.   Any medical transcriptionist currently working in house must start preparing to be outsourced.  I predict that within 5 years (and I’m being generous here) in-house transcriptionists will be a thing of the past.  Those in our profession must make the transition to remote employment and many times lower pay.

The news story that prompted this conclusion ran on 3/21/12 in the Winston-Salem Journal reporting that Novant Health has decided to outsource medical transcription staff of 69 employees, all of whom were offered positions with the new company Transcend.  Novant is based in North Carolina and includes a network of 13 hospitals and over 300 clinics.

I focused on this story because so many medical transcriptionists were affected but it is certainly not the first one about hospital chains choosing to outsource their transcription.  Just google “medical transcription outsourcing” and you’ll see what I mean. The medical transcription profession is changing rapidly.  Only the transcriptionists willing to work from home and consider the benefits of this as part of the pay package will succeed.  I plan to flourish.

6/14/2012 update:  The more articles I read about the upcoming deadline
for compliance with the electronic medial records mandate the more I feel that
medical transcriptionists will be phased out of the healthcare workplace.

 

Office records will
now need to contain more than the initial history and physical, routine office
notes and the occasional telephone addendum.
All of the patient’s information from their insurance coverage,
medication profile and medical history will need to be entered along with the
typical transcribed patient interactions.
With speech recognition technology developing at a rapid rate it’s only
a matter of time before every doctor is equipped with a recording device that
enters data directly to the patient’s chart.

 

With this type of
system it will be imperative that there is someone overseeing this data
transfer and I think that will come under the duties of a health information
technologist or technician.  This seems
to be the hot ticket career these days and one that a medical transcriptionist
with their training in medical terminology and computer skills can easily
transition into.  Many colleges,
community colleges and online institutions are beginning to offer this
degree.     

 

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