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Speech/Voice Recognition Editor

Model Job Description

This description outlines key areas of proficiency necessary for a speech recognition medical transcription/healthcare documentation editor. It is important to note that speech recognition is an evolving technology and may include other auto-generated medical texts and technologies. The level of accuracy achieved through the recognition process will impact the competency requirement of the medical transcriptionist/healthcare documentation specialist.

The speech recognition medical transcription/healthcare documentation editor (SRMTE/SRHDSE) edits speech-recognized drafts and may also transcribe reports by physicians and other healthcare providers in order to document patient care. The responsibilities for a person with basic MT/HDS qualifications may vary depending on their demonstration of skill in various work types, specialties, accents, and dialects.

Assignments are given to match his/her skill level with the intention of increasing the depth and/or breadth of exposure, continually improving quality and productivity. As the SR editor gains expertise in speech-recognition editing, they may serve as a resource to coworkers and dictators within the editing/healthcare documentation team researching questions, educating, and coaching coworkers toward an improved level of efficiency and skill.

Professional/Business Skills

  • Understanding of the medicolegal implications and responsibilities of the healthcare record, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations, along with security standards and privacy practices.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with time constraints.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal or no supervision.
  • Organizational skills for file management.
  • Actively participates in continuing education.
  • Maintains and assesses equipment and work area with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of area systems, priorities, timelines and goals that contribute to the mission of the department.
  • Basic understanding of departmental technology.

Technical/System Skills

  • Strong technical proficiency in computer applications so those measurable gains through system efficiencies are continually maximized in conjunction with speech recognition and other technologies available.
  • Ability to operate computer, multiple software applications, transcription equipment, and other office equipment necessary, including the ability to accept voice/text files in multiple formats and word processing software.
  • Desire to keep up to date and learn latest technology advancements and trends.
  • Continually develops understanding of multiple computer applications and document management programs in order to effectively contribute and adapt to the changing healthcare environment.

Qualitative/Transcription Skills

  • Developing ability to work in all work types and specialties.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications, and laboratory values.
  • Developing quality transcription work with a goal of maintaining accuracy score of 98% or higher.
  • Knowledge of medical transcription guidelines (The AHDI Book of Style & Standards for Clinical Documentation) and practices.
  • Developing ability to understand diverse accents, dialects, and varying dictation styles, commonly confused terms, and knowledge of homonyms.
  • Proficient in referencing and researching with full library of references (books/electronic) and Internet access.
  • Acute auditory sensitivity and keen hand/eye coordination, as would be expected in medical transcription.
  • Edit a speech recognized draft document against actual dictation.
  • Edit documents consistently in order to maximize the efficiencies gained through recognition.
  • Utilize all available reference tools to ensure the accuracy of the transcribed document.
  • Recognize, interpret, and evaluate inconsistencies, discrepancies, and inaccuracies in medical text drafts and/or dictation appropriately to clarify, flag, or report them, as needed.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures to contribute to the efficiency of the transcription department.
    Transcribe reports as required.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grammar, punctuation, and style, in order to provide quality feedback to the healthcare documentation specialists.
  • Communicate and interact productively with management personnel with objective feedback as needed.