Friday, October 30, 2009

EMR Integration

I recently had conversations with consultants where I learned a lack of awareness on their part as it relates to the capabilities of medical transcription companies to help them and their clients be more successful.  It is important for those involved in helping the medical community adopt such technology that they are also aware of solutions which can help physicians overcome some of the shortfalls in EMR technology.

One EMR consultant said his objective in helping clients identify and implement the right EMR solution is to find one which limits the disruptions in how they practice today.  In many instances, his clients have dictated for a long time and would like to continue doing so, but he was unaware of our abilities to integrate into EMR systems and deliver dictated data directly into the patient record.  With this knowledge he can be more successful in meeting his clients needs while helping them adopt the right technology for their practice.

The bottom line is that dictation is up to 9 times faster than direct text entry according to the AC Group.  Furthermore, according to a study performed by MTIA, medical transcription maintains 98% accuracy vs. 85% direct text entry and voice recognition combined.  If a medical practice cannot afford these gaps then a consultant should be prepared to advise their clients continue dictating by using a service organization who can seamlessly integrate with their chosen technology.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

EHR Implementation Guide

The Physician's Foundation has released a guide to assist physician's in the EMR selection process.  Electronic Medical Record Implementation Guide, The Link to a Better Future is a guide designed to assist physicians and practice managers to learn about the benefits of an EHR, understand the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), assess their readiness and prepare for implementation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative - PAeHI

R+B Sten-Tel's Peter Minio wrote an article in PA-AHDI's newsletter, The Keystone Kopy regarding membership in PAeHI.  As a Pennsylvania based transcription organization, R+B Sten-Tel feels that involvement on a state level is important.  Peter serves PA-AHDI as a LIG chair and represents them at PAeHI.  It is important to participate in this group because they are helping guide the future of health information technology in Pennsylvania.  Read his article.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

R+B Sten-Tel on LinkedIn

R+B Sten-Tel is now on LinkedIn.  Join our group and stay on top of the innovative solutions we have to support the medical community with Health Information Management (HIM) products and services.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Transciption Provider for Valley Preferred

R+B Sten-Tel has signed an agreement with Valley Preferred as the exclusive provider of transcription services in their Preferred Vendor program. “This is an exciting opportunity for us. Valley Preferred opens the door to an entire region. Our partnership says to Valley Preferred members that we’ve been vetted and they can trust us,” according to Peter Minio, Director of Business Development for R+B Sten-Tel.

They will work together by offering R+B Sten-Tel’s services to physician members within the Valley Preferred network. They now have a clear choice to consider with respect to outsourcing their clinical documentation needs. Medical Transcription is taking spoken words and transferring them into an electronic format. It is a proven platform to increase physician productivity and maintaining high quality.

Valley Preferred is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).  The Valley Preferred network includes more than 3700 DOCTORS and 18 HOSPITALS throughout 11 counties in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Benefits of Outsourcing

Beyond cost savings, there are other benefits one can achieve by outsourcing certain functions of a practice such as transcription.  Sue Kay of Efficiency in Practice wrote a great article highlighting 5 benefits of outsourcing beyond cost.  It includes increased expertise, competitive advantage, management resources, management focus and reduction in risk.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Transcription in the EHR Age

Recently a colleague of mine forwarded me an article by Ken Congdon of Healthcare Technology Online, "Transcription in the EHR Age." He stresses the pitfalls practices experience while implementing an EHR primarily because of how drastically it changes a physician's behavior and recognizes challenges with respect to quality and data accuracy. Ken suggests that transcription in conjunction with the EHR can address many of the challenges associated with implementation. Using the technology transcription companies have available now, dictated information can be converted to text by a Medical Transcriptionist and inserted directly into an EMR. R+B Sten-Tel offeres such a solution today with EntriPoint. In other words, Medical Transcription can be a catalyst for EMR adoption.