“Well, I go to see my doctor and my dictated medical information is sent to the medical transcriptionist to be transcribed. What is next in the process?”
Hey, not so fast! Let us rewind a bit. As the old saying goes: “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” The same applies to the process of medical transcription. There are different methods of accomplishing the same end result. If you observe the process flow chart below, you will notce differences. For instance, some doctors may use a hand-held digital recorder to capture dictation; others may use a phone dictation system. So the process may vary from one healthcare facility or doctor to the next but the final product is a digitized medical record. Different factors determine how things are done, such as cost and/affordability, size of the healthcare facility, and more. So the process may vary from one healthcare facility or doctor to the next, but regardless of the methods used, the final product is a digitized medical record.
To get a gist of what happens, let us start at the beginning: when the patient sees the doctor for medical attention. I have made a process chart to give you an idea of what happens from when the patient first visits the doctor/healthcare provider, to when the completed transcribed medical report is returned to the doctor. This should help you in getting acquainted with the process.