Transcription Services & Health Information Exchange play a significant role in the creation and distribution of health information.
Every time a patient attends one of the health care facilities, the clinician (includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and allied health) dictates a report which is transcribed and distributed to members of the patient's health care team and the hospital's patient care information system. The security, quality and timely receipt of these reports are critical to the patient's care. Patients expect that decisions about their treatment are based on timely and accurate information.
In the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year, Transcription Services produced over 1.8 million dictated reports.Close to 8,000 clinicians use a standardized dictation system.
Medical Transcriptionists (Medical Language Specialists) convert voice recordings from health care professionals into a concise, formatted text report for a patient's medical record. Medical Transcription is still the primary mechanism for a physician to clearly communicate with other healthcare providers who access the patient record. This enables the communication of a patient's state of health and past/current treatment, helping ensure continuity of care.