Why We Matter to Health Care
National Medical Transcriptionist Week
May 17-23, 2010
With our nation engaged in dialogue around healthcare reform, and healthcare delivery engaged in discussions around what “meaningful use” of EHRs will look like, there has never been a more important time for the healthcare documentation sector to stand up and demonstrate its contributory value to these critical issues. This means aligning our key messages with healthcare’s goals and demonstrating why we matter to the health data capture process, both now and in the evolving EHR.
What is healthcare delivery telling us?
More than anything, health care needs cost-effective, technology-centric solutions that ensure quality of care, eliminate redundancy and inefficiency, and improve the quality and accessibility of patient information within and between healthcare enterprises. When it comes to our sector, the healthcare system is looking for the right solutions to securely and accurately capture, consume, and repurpose health information. It needs partners and advocates who will advance its EHR adoption goals, facilitate reliable data exchange, and deliver robust health encounter information that allows providers to make real-time clinical decisions. And out of the evolving debate around “meaningful use,” a new concern is also emerging—How much of the EHR documentation burden should be shouldered by the physician?
How can our sector respond to those challenges?
AHDI and MTIA have been delivering a core message to legislators, policymakers, and healthcare stakeholders around the ability of the healthcare documentation sector to meet these evolving needs for managing health information. Our key messages around EHR adoption have focused on the following points:
- Preservation of narrative capture is critical to meaningful use of EHRs because:
- More than 1.2 billion clinical records are produced in the US every year.
- 60% of all clinical records are documented via traditional dictation/transcription.
- No documentation method captures complex patient stories better than narrative dictation.
- Dictation/transcription is still the preferred method among US physicians for documenting patient encounters.
- Point-and-click templates cannot adequately capture a comprehensive, complete patient story.
- Physician-driven data entry is costing health care time and money; physicians are better deployed in frontline care than burdened with clerical capture.
- Healthcare documentation specialists are critical to effective capture of health information because we:
- Understand the diagnostic process and the complex story-telling of patient care.
- Provide risk management support and oversight to ensure health encounters are captured accurately.
- Are able to identify error/inconsistency in the record as well as support pay-for-performance goals through documentation improvement measures.
- Know how to apply data capture standards that ensure health information is available at point of care for clinical decision-making.
- Integrate seamlessly with data capture technologies, such as EHRs and speech recognition technology (SRT) solutions.
- Partner with physicians to document care encounters in a way that frees up providers for hands-on patient care.
How can you promote this campaign in 2010?
Be an advocate. First and foremost, our sector needs you to promote the concepts above to your providers, clients, healthcare facilities, and legislators. Be proactive in advocating for your current and future value in advancing health care’s goals for EHR adoption. Download the MT Week flyer/poster above—Capturing America’s Healthcare Story: Why We Matter to Health Care—and share it with your professional contacts.
Be ready to deliver. The value proposition we’re making to health care is predicated on the assumption that our workforce can facilitate EHR adoption by being an extra set of eyes on the health record, well-oriented to the diagnostic process, and capable of recognizing error and inconsistency in health information. This will require MTs to embrace professional development, continuing education, and credentialing. Position yourself well for evolving and future roles by seeking additional training in new roles/technologies, obtaining your CMT or RMT credential, becoming an AHDI member to stay in the stream of cutting-edge information, and embracing long-term continuing education.
Get Ready for the Future—$100 DISCOUNT!
One of the most rapidly emerging roles for the medical transcriptionist is in the area of speech recognition editing. Transcription service providers, healthcare facilities, and providers are migrating toward back-end SRT to manage documentation volumes and improve productivity/efficiency. Transcriptionists are being redeployed in editing roles that require a unique orientation to speech recognition capture and proofreading.
In honor of MT Week, AHDI and TRSi are partnering to offer a special rate on our Speech Recognition Technology (SRT) Training Course.
For the months of April and May only, save $100 off the price of registration for the SRT Training Course. You will receive this discount if you register in the month of April for the May course or register in the month of May for the June course.
Members: $295 (normally $395)
Nonmembers: $350 (normally $450)
Find out more and/or register for the SRT Training Course here.
What is MT Week?
Established in 1985 by proclamation from then President Ronald Reagan, National Medical Transcriptionist Week is celebrated annually in the third week of May to bring public and industry-wide attention to the role and contribution of medical transcriptionists in healthcare delivery and clinical documentation. MTs around the country embrace this week as an opportunity to show their support of each other, and MT employers, managers and clients are encouraged to likewise celebrate their medical transcriptionists in the workplace in a unique and special way as well as by participating in national initiatives that promote the profession.
National MT Week 2011: May 16 - 22