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The Importance of Transcription in the Age of Electronic Health Records

The Importance of Transcription in the Age of Electronic Health Records JAAMT-Final.qxd 5/18/07 11:41 AM Page 130 The Importance of Transcription in the Age of Electronic Health Records John D. Halamka, MD, MS n his 2004 state of the union address, President that our voice-recognized/transcribed documents Bush outlined a bold vision for every clinician to are 30% more structured than clinician-typed or Iimplement an electronic health record by 2014. traditionally dictated documents. However, as of 2007, only 18% of clinicians in the Captured computer readable text via automated United States use electronic records, and if the defini- transcription is critical for data exchange among tion of electronic records is refined to include decision stakeholders in a community. More than 200 regional support, less than 10% of clinicians nationwide have health information organizations (RHIOs) have been such systems in production. launched in the US over the last 3 years to foster There are several strategies to accelerate physician exchange of clinical data among hospitals, emergency adoption of electronic records, such as practice man- departments and clinician offices. New national stan- agement implementation, scanning of paper records dards from the Healthcare Information Technology into digital archives, and transcription. My belief is Standards Panel (HITSP) include the Continuity of that automating transcription is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Association for Medical Transcription Wolters Kluwer Health

The Importance of Transcription in the Age of Electronic Health Records

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Copyright 2007 by the American Association for Medical Transcription
ISSN
0745-2624
DOI
10.1097/01.AMT.0000278011.08903.5a

Abstract

JAAMT-Final.qxd 5/18/07 11:41 AM Page 130 The Importance of Transcription in the Age of Electronic Health Records John D. Halamka, MD, MS n his 2004 state of the union address, President that our voice-recognized/transcribed documents Bush outlined a bold vision for every clinician to are 30% more structured than clinician-typed or Iimplement an electronic health record by 2014. traditionally dictated documents. However, as of 2007, only 18% of clinicians in the Captured computer readable text via automated United States use electronic records, and if the defini- transcription is critical for data exchange among tion of electronic records is refined to include decision stakeholders in a community. More than 200 regional support, less than 10% of clinicians nationwide have health information organizations (RHIOs) have been such systems in production. launched in the US over the last 3 years to foster There are several strategies to accelerate physician exchange of clinical data among hospitals, emergency adoption of electronic records, such as practice man- departments and clinician offices. New national stan- agement implementation, scanning of paper records dards from the Healthcare Information Technology into digital archives, and transcription. My belief is Standards Panel (HITSP) include the Continuity of that automating transcription is

Journal

Journal of the American Association for Medical TranscriptionWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jun 1, 2007

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