Use templates for transcription

Update: Nov 5th, 2013

By Laura Naumann

Some of my doctors essentially repeat the same report over and over with slight variations for the individual patient.  It certainly is worth the effort of making a transcription template containing those repetitive phrases and even whole paragraphs.  I have multiple templates for each of the physicians I transcribe for.  When the doctor’s name comes up I may open a template for an office note, a history & physical, and an address list, whatever I have for that doctor.

For example: The doctor’s recording states, “I saw ___ back in follow-up today here in the office on ___.  …” I will certainly fill in and save the date when I open the template.  I also fill in the date on the first sentence.  8 out of 10 times the doctor will dictate the sentence per the template and for the few times he uses a slightly different variation I simply backspace.

  1. Deirdre
    Oct 30th, 2011 at 16:34
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    I just finished making templates for all of my regular physicians. My company provides bare-bones templates for every doctor but there are so many things that they say on basically patient that I thought I would expand on the basic templates. I took your advice about it being easier to hit the backspace button than to type text so I filled them in quite a bit. I’ll let you know how it works out.

  2. Johnnie
    Nov 2nd, 2011 at 23:31
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    Can you give me an idea of what you put in your templates?

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