Archive for the ‘Medical transcriprtion’ Category

  • Growing Expectations from Transcription Companies

    Several healthcare organizations today look for a medical transcription system that is able to meet their future needs. Cost savings, cost restructuring, improvement in quality, and access to talent are some of the major requirements hospitals demand which “makes the outsourcer a change agent.”   A large number of Medical Transcription Service Organizations (MTSOs) have gone on consolidation mode because of “mergers and acquisitions, greater emphasis on adoption of EHRs and spread of health information exchanges across the nation,” says an article that appeared in the fortherecordmag.com.  The article, quoting Bob Thomas, a HIM consultant for transcription and computer-assisted coding says ...Read More »

  • Runaway healthcare costs and the growing deficit have been a major issue before U.S Administration for some time. The national health reform debate always centered on this contentious issue much before passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.   The All-round Optimism With ACA becoming law, Official Administration and the Congressional scorekeepers are confident that Affordable Care Act would reduce the deficit. As a result, government believes that there will be fiscal stability saving money in the long run. According to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, there will be better practices in Medicare, Medicaid and children’s Health Insurance Programs.   Concerted ...Read More »

  • In an environment of fast growing population and ever changing human needs, demands of healthcare organizations have been challenging for medical transcription companies. Today, there are digital recorders with voice recognition software for dictation, mind-disk transcription systems, digital conference transcription and digital interview transcription. Web-cast and pod-cast transcription using digital recorders with non-destructive editing features and various record modes are also available in the market. The HITECH Act and ‘meaningful use’ have further driven healthcare organizations to generate efficiencies to a great extent both in terms of return on investment and patient care.   Traditional Transcription to Stay While speech recognition practices are ...Read More »

  • Medical data management and medical record storage has always been a matter of great concern for the healthcare industry. Space constraints, data accessibility issues, storage costs and meeting with compliance regulations always keep medical professionals on the toes when it comes to medical records storage and medical data management. Consumers also prefer to go to hospitals having clear privacy and security policies.   HIPAA the Change Agent   Security and safety of healthcare data is ensured through the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Clinical staff and medical transcription service providers are required and trained to handle healthcare data safely and ...Read More »

  • In order to promote adoption of electronic health records (EHR) across the country, the U.S. health department has taken various steps including promulgation of the HITECH Act 2009 and the PPACA 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) has allocated $36 billion towards implementing the “meaningful use” of EHR in 2010. ARRA aims to implement the health exchange and information system of all Americans by 2014.   Faced with challenges rising out of ARRA directives, Medical transcription service organizations (MTSOs) have started evolving. It has already started making efforts to ...Read More »

  • The Affordable Care Act has opened the windows for people to gain access to improved healthcare systems in the country. The Act aims at protecting consumers in all sectors by improving access, affordability and quality of healthcare. Efforts by the Government Government’s resolve to go ahead with steps for improving the quality of healthcare has helped millions of Americans in accessing, preventing and managing their health more effectively. The National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy) guides both public and private organizations in maintaining healthcare quality at all levels. Some of these organizations are the ECRI which ...Read More »

  • After a phase of low investments and question marks over the effectiveness of university-based medical technology spin-out companies, recent years have marked huge successes for such businesses. Commercialisation activities have long suffered from a poor image in the UK when compared to the US market. In 1993, the UK Government White Paper 'Realising Our Potential: A Strategy for Science, Engineering and Technology' reflected a policy interest in innovation which has been growing ever since. Proving to be great sources of new, imaginative and much-needed healthcare technologies, banks, venture capitalists and angel investors are really starting to see spin-out companies as ...Read More »

  • Using biometrics, RFID, and barcode technology to establish patient identity Protecting patient confidentiality and ensuring that the right patient receives the right treatment is an increasing concern for healthcare providers around the world. As more and more people come through the doors, and the cost of making mistakes becomes higher, physicians and practice managers are having to innovate in order to reach their targets and prevent human errors. Using new technologies to identify patients might be one way of easing the pressure. The benefits of biometric technology and digital storage of data include improved protection of individual identities and potentially sensitive ...Read More »

  • Technically speaking, Open Source is the source code of a program that can be used by the general public with or without modifying it and having no licensing fee for using it. It involves programmers who jointly improve upon the code of the original software and share the changes. Delivery of personal medical data has been taking place through unsafe and error prone media from clinicians to healthcare providers and vice versa on several occasions. Of late awareness about Open Source Software movement has started picking up among physicians and healthcare organizations alike. Today, these professionals fully appreciate the ...Read More »

  • Mobile health solutions have been a subject of serious examination by technology for over three decades. Today there are Smart phones viz., Blackberry, iPhone, Windows PDA mobile and a host of other devices servicing the healthcare industry. Undoubtedly these mobile solutions have eased many issues in the daily life of patients and doctors alike. Doctors can now monitor the health conditions of their patients remotely which among other benefits has: Rendered life of patients easy Reduced doctor’s visits Enabled patients ...Read More »