As a digital transcription software provider we frequently receive requests for information on integrating transcription with EMR. Specifically, administrators want to know if we can do it, what it will cost and most importantly, why they should even consider integrating the two in the first place.
As EMR’s become even more the rage you will have to learn about integration with them to remain competitive so let’s have a look at how to answer these questions.
The third question is really the most important question of all so let’s discuss that first. Why bother integrating at all? Automation is only good when it does what it is supposed to do and that is to eliminate or reduce non-productive, repetitive tasks and free up valuable human resources for more productive work. If done correctly integrating the EMR with digital transcription will do just that. Many medical facilities suffer from having to manually manage two different systems; one for electronic records and another for transcription. That consumes tremendous resources that could be used for more productive tasks. That’s not only an expensive and wasteful use of valuable labor but an expensive addition to document turnaround times and accounts payable.
So integration is great for the clinic but what about the digital transcription company? The main advantage for a transcription company in having a system that integrates with EMR’s is that it keeps you from losing contracts that require integration and it will allow you to win future contracts with organizations requiring integration. Those small details aside, integration can actually save you money in several ways. First, you’ll improve productivity because MT’s get automatic ADT feeds that will populate your transcriptions with accurate patient demographics the first time. Secondly, sophisticated formatting of the transcription is typically unnecessary as the integration engine itself will create the required EMR format. On top of that you don’t have to worry about document delivery because the digital document is automatically posted into the EMR. For the typical digital transcription company, a transcription platform that communicates seamlessly with an EMR platform hugely simplifies the entire process for everyone and gives you and your staff more time to do other things besides manage cumbersome paperwork.
Lower costs, faster payments, less to manage, better records and more available resources. What’s not to like about that equation?