Factors To Take Into Account Before Hiring A Virtual Medical Transcriptionist

A picture of a virtual medical transcriptionistWe live in a fast-paced world that increasingly makes use of documentation. The more accurate, the better. But as a healthcare provider, taking these accurate notes during consultations, or writing them up later, takes time. It also limits the time you get to spend with a patient. Hiring someone to take on this essential task makes sense, but can be quite costly. Hiring a virtual medical transcriptionist, however, may both minimize these costs and boost accuracy.

A virtual medical transcriptionist can make life easier by converting a healthcare provider’s voice recordings of consultations into formal reports. This ensures accurate records, which are needed during follow-up visits. These records can also provide an accurate health history of patients for when other healthcare professionals need to access them.

But is hiring a virtual medical transcriptionist really a viable option?

What Does A Medical Transcriptionist Do?

A medical transcriptionist documents everything relating to a patient’s healthcare. This includes notes about their health issues, treatments, the results of tests, and just about any other relevant data. Healthcare providers are legally obliged to ensure the accuracy and upkeep of these records.

These professionals, listening to a dictated recording from the healthcare provider, need to ensure these records are accurate and reflective of all aspects of a patient’s health care. There is no leeway for errors. Errors could result in serious issues for patients’ care, and they may also affect their insurance coverage.

Factors Affecting An In-House Medical Transcriptionist's Salary

Many factors affect the salary of an in-house medical transcriptionist. And you would have to take these factors into account when hiring someone.

You see, someone working in a specialized field like orthopedics would probably earn much more than someone working in general practice. But it could also vary according to physical location. Someone working in a large city like Dallas or New York City could earn significantly more than their peers working in a smaller community.

Another factor that may contribute to their salary is experience. Medical transcriptionists with certain skill sets may also expect a higher salary. These skills include whether they can speak more than one language, their knowledge of anatomy, computer literacy, experience in a medical office setting, communication skills, and many others.

The law of supply and demand, to a large extent, determines salary.

The Cost Savings Associated With Hiring A Virtual Medical Transcriptionist

Hiring someone who physically works in your healthcare practice means taking into account certain benefits. These include, for example, the costs associated with training, childcare, paid time off, sick leave, medical benefits, and various others. And this is besides the salary.

You do not, however, have to take any of these benefits into consideration when hiring a virtual medical transcriptionist. These highly trained individuals work remotely, and you only pay for the time worked. You can also determine exactly what you would like them to do for you. This helps save a variety of costs.

Skills Required for A Medical Transcriptionist

A medical transcriptionist should have various skills that include the following:

  • Excellent typing skills.
  • Great listening skills - for listening to audio recordings and delivering accurate transcriptions.
  • A strong eye for detail.
  • Strong computer literacy skills.
  • Vast knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Excellent command of the language, including proper grammar and punctuation usage.

Hiring a virtual medical transcriptionist from Cool Blue VA means you are hiring someone with these skills and more. Furthermore, our virtual assistants have undergone HIPAA training, and most also have some sort of medical background.

Why Hire a Virtual Medical Transcriptionist?

Remote working has become increasingly popular. And hiring suitable candidates has become easier. This is also true of a medical transcriptionist. A virtual medical transcriptionist brings significant benefits to any healthcare practice.

First, you do not need to free up office space for them to work in, nor do you need to incur extra expenses by purchasing equipment for them to work on. They work from a remote location that could be anywhere in the world.

Furthermore, they can work as needed. You can even request they work after hours or over weekends. This is not always possible with an in-house hire.

In addition, you do not need to consider any of the extra benefits you would pay an in-house hire.

Payment is also a breeze. You simply pay your monthly bill, rather than having to spend additional time drawing up salary slips or taking benefits into account. If you hire through Cool Blue VA, taking care of payments and processing falls on us. You no longer have to worry about it.

8 Advantages of Hiring Through Cool Blue VA

There are nine reasons why you should hire a virtual medical transcriptionist through Cool Blue VA.

  1. We make sure that all our professionals have an extensive background in the medical field and can provide you and your office with the expertise your practice needs.
  2. You maximize savings because our fees are much lower than that of an in-house hire.
  3. All our virtual medical transcriptionists go through a HIPAA training program.
  4. You get to pick from a list of qualified applicants who have completed an exhaustive interview and training process.
  5. Your virtual hire is available outside of normal working hours if you need them. We ensure round-the-clock flexibility.
  6. Our hires can be trained to use any EMR software, allowing them to seamlessly plug into your workflow.
  7. You can establish a long-term relationship with your hire as you can collaborate with the same person every day.
  8. Your hire can start working within a couple of days after you hire them.

In Closing

Cool Blue VA offers a wide variety of medical virtual assistant services. Please give us a call if you would like to know more about the services we offer or wish to take the first steps in hiring a qualified virtual medical transcriptionist. You can contact us at 714-695-8000. Let us help you take your practice to the next level.

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