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Medical transcription services are highly versatile, more than you may realize, and are sometimes confused with other services that seem similar. This is certainly the case with a medical transcriptionist and a medical scribe. So, today we’re going to take a moment to take a closer look at just what the differences are between these two professionals, so you can determine what’s appropriate for your medical practice needs.

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Medical Transcriptionist

A medical transcriptionist is generally someone that works off-site. You would, for, example, send all of your audio files to the company that you outsourced your medical transcription work to and they would then take what was included on those files and enter the information into an applicable database or EHR/EMR system that the client can access.

Medical Scribe

A scribe’s work is somewhat similar to what a medical transcriptionist does, except it’s done in-office or on-site and in a more direct way. The main difference is this individual primarily takes appointment-related notes and directly enters them into electric health records. Therefore, a medical scribe primarily does EHR transcription, although it’s done in a more direct on-site way. There’s also typically no audio file transcription involved.

Deciding What’s Best for Your Needs

There is no right or wrong choice with medical transcription service and scribe-related service. It all comes down to what’s appropriate for your needs and suitable for your budget. If, for instance, you only need to document minimal patient-related details when they arrive and check out, then you would likely benefit more from working with a scribe. However, if you have more extensive transcription needs, it makes more sense to explore the possibilities with medical transcription as your primary service instead. This is especially true if the following factors or circumstances apply:

  • You don’t have in-house staff that has the time to transcribe physicians’ notes
  • You have a lot of patient-related information that’s first recorded as an audio file – e.g., patient notes, follow-up notes, observations, etc.

It really depends on how your practice or office operates. If scribe service fits in better, it makes more sense to go with this option. If this isn’t the case, then transcription service is typically the better choice. Keep in mind you can always benefit from both services if need-be, so it’s not a one or the other situation all the time.

Learn More about Medical Transcription Services

Medical transcription services are certainly beneficial and even more comprehensive and personalized than what’s often possible with a medical scribe. Whether you have a new practice, a busy one, or other transcription needs, transcription services can be beneficial and cost-effective. Contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from a medical transcription company.