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Old 08-14-2012, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by MTHome View Post
Most MTs transcribe and/or edit within an EMR system; I did for years. Electronic medical records (EMR systems) are like a filing cabinet, and patient records get into that filing cabinet in various ways:

~Traditional transcription with doctors dictating and MTs transcribing.

~Speech recognition which MTs edit before it's put into the medical record.

~The doctors in some cases can use a point & click method where they enter the information themselves. This works very well for clinic visits and entering vital signs, weight, height, etc. You'll see your doctor doing this while you're in the clinic exam room. (This is why I always recommend that MTs go into acute care rather than clinic; acute care consists of operative notes, consultations and discharge summaries which include narrative that the doctors can't just "point & click" to get it all into the record.)

The hospital EMR systems I worked in as an MT used a combination of these methods to get their patient records into the database (EMR); radiologists did it one way, surgeons did it another way, and the clinic doctors did it another way.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report (in the link posted above) took these things into consideration when they revised the MT occupational outlook.

Hope that helps. If you still doubt the future of MT, don't go into it....when in doubt, don't.
Thank you very much! I have private messaged you. Don't want to make the thread longer than it has to be lol
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