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IMPORTANT TECHNIQUES TO USE DURING MEDICAL DICTATION

March 25, 2019

There are so many latest techniques for medical dictation to use. Let me talk in brief. Have you ever faced such kind of problems when you are trying to record a patient’s data with maximum quality and clarity but you are unable to get the desired result? As a doctor or medical faculty, you better know that the clarity of dictation is very important. Especially it greatly contributes to the accuracy of the transcribed medical record. If the recording will not be clear, even a certified Medical Transcription Outsourcing Companies will find it inconvenient to convert the records and might end up wasting too much time and efforts. Also yet, there is no assurance that the records will be accurate. And we better know the quality rating of the most transcription companies depend upon the sound quality of the audio files.

FEW MEDICAL DICTATION TIPS TO USE WHILE RECORDING AN AUDIO FILE FOR MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION:

THE NOISES OF SURROUNDINGS:
Always try to choose an area with less surrounding noise, especially microphones catch noises very easily. Dictating in a quiet and secure surrounding will definitely improve the result and also maintain the patient confidential. It is the best practice for medical dictation not to record in the areas having surrounding noises and distractions like – people talking, ringing cell phones, music sounds, vacuum, other speakers and beepers etc. Even the voice of air conditioning can be multiplied in the background. Sometimes, you have no option but to dictate in the outdoor location, then you should try to avoid such areas like a lot of traffic noises, very windy type of areas. These factors can compromise audio quality.

TRY TO SPEAK CLEARLY IN THE MICROPHONE:
The conversational tone should be at a normal rate. So, the transcriptionists can understand the dictation easily. who needs to provide the quality records. Also depending upon the microphones. The recorder needs to be placed about 3/4″ from the mouth in an upright level position so that sound hits over the top of the microphone and not directly into it. If you are using a smartphone or tablet then it’s essential to know where the mic is to make sure that you are not covering it with your hand while recording. Generally, microphones over built-in microphones provide better quality.

SPEAK ONLY ONCE AT A TIME:
Brief your team members about the digital audio recording and if they too are going to participate in the recording. For better quality request them to speak one person at one time in a clear voice and slow rate of speech. You may also tell him to avoid talking to one another during the recording.

QUALITY ASSURANCE:
Before sending the recording to the transcriptionist, it will be the best to first conduct a test of your own recording. Talk a few sentences and then check the sound level and the quality of the recording. It will give you an overall idea of quality and your speech. It will also give you an idea about what you need to include and what you need to remove.

BE AWARE OF DIFFICULT TERMINOLOGY:
The medical terminologies can be difficult for the transcriptionists to decipher at times. You should make a note of unusual or difficult terms, similar sounding words and the names of referring physicians. If you think there can be a chance of confusion then it’s better to spell it out. While most certified transcriptionist services hire competent transcriptionists who generally do double check the spelling. Sometimes when the words are not able to transcribe they end up leaving the blank spaces in the transcript.

Overall it’s better to use well-certified transcriptionists who can easily understand a wide spectrum of accents and dictations to a certain degree. To get to know whether your accent will be understood by the transcriptionist, you should first submit a sample dictation as a test. Physicians are highly concerned about the accuracy of transcribed reports. Especially as mistakes can cause the considerably severe legal and financial impact.  As it depends upon the dictation. You should try as much as possible to record a file that has no background noise.

FEEDBACK:
The feedback is also a major part to improve the quality of your work. Timely feedback is very important when working with new transcriptionists, and continues to be important if an issue arises. Corrections must be performed for free prior to final approval. Changes due to author error generally incur a charge.


SUMMARY:

Key for Better Services- Good Dictation & Work Habits

Instead of using a keyboard and mouse using speech to document encounters are more natural. In a recent NIH-supported research study by ZyDoc, Clinical dictation has been shown to be an average of 2.5 times faster than typing. Dictation needs to be learned where speaking is a more natural modality, good speech habits.

Achieving excellent transcription also demands attention to workflow details such as providing completed information and correct information. Getting the right information saves time and frustration for both the author and the transcriptionist, and reduces the probability of the errors.

NOTE ABOUT SPEECH RECOGNITION:

In the early stage “Speech Recognition Technology” emerged as the proposed solution for saving the clinical documentation time. Front-end SRT allows an author to dictate, also monitor of the text on  the screen with minimal lag time and perform immediate edits. Back-end SRT reviews correct, or in some cases, re-types the report after completion of a dictation session for subsequent routing to a transcriptionist or editor.

2 thoughts on “IMPORTANT TECHNIQUES TO USE DURING MEDICAL DICTATION”

  1. Speaking clearly and at moderate speed is very important. I’ve done some transcription work myself (not for medical purposes though) and sometimes the person talking (without realizing) reduce they voice and speak fast, and hence all we hear are muffled notes. Since this is Medical Transcription, extra care has to be definitely for this. Useful tips. Overall, nice article Anna.

  2. Thanks Steven Kenneth. I’m happy to share it.

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