Recommendations, Key to Finding a Good Transcription Service Provider
Posted: Dec 05, 2014
If you are looking for a reliable transcription service provider you should make your decision based also on recommendations from other personnel in the field. This article offers some tips on what you should look for.
Good medical transcriptionists are in high demand. Even with the widespread use of modern technology, a trained eye will always be better at transcribing medical records than any software. "Pretty much all of the major hospitals have made a decision and selected an EHR (Electronic Health Record)," said Juergen Fritsch, chief scientist at M*Modal, a company which specializes in speech recognition and transcription software. However, EHRs still need notes and observations, and a skilled medical transcriptionist (MT) will provide you with both. But how can you manage to find the best team of medical transcriptionists out there?
If you are running a small practice and only need one transcriptionist, a good start would be to look at freelancing sites, like E-lance and oDesk. There are many skilled and affordable MTs out there, who offer accurate transcriptions and a quick turnaround. You simply post your transcription job and get proposals from rated and tested transcription experts. If you are satisfied with their work, you can start a fruitful full-time collaboration.
If you are running a larger healthcare facility, however, you will likely need the services of a transcription service provider – a company which hires several medical transcriptionists and signs contracts with multiple healthcare institutions. This is where your peers come in – the best way to find a dependable company is to listen to recommendations. Other healthcare providers can offer useful information about the transcription companies they are using. By listening to their insight, you can figure out is the company is a good fit for you.
When asking your peers for recommendations, don’t inquire only about the rates of the company. Ask about the quality of the work and the accuracy of the transcriptions. Once you have decided on a few companies, send out a request for a price quote. Don’t forget to ask them about qualifications. Any quality service should be willing to transcribe a "sample" for you for free to give you sense of their product. Check out the company’s website to find out more details about the way they operate and schedule a meeting if you think the company is worthwhile. If they are well-suited for your needs, consider negotiating for a bulk discount - especially if you have many hours of recordings to transcribe.
Always verify the reputation and experience of the company in order to make an informed decision. EHRs and speech recognition technology definitely make the job of medical transcriptionist easier, but they will never make MTs obsolete. You need someone to ensure that all your medical documents are precise and correct.
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