WebChartMD, an industry leader in web-based clinical documentation workflow solutions, has launched a series of free webinars designed to assist medical transcription companies adapt to market changes resulting from electronic health records, or EHRs. "The process of documenting patient visits has changed dramatically in the last eight years as a result of the introduction of EHRs, and it has affected thousands of transcription companies nationwide," said Mark Christensen, Vice President of Operations for WebChartMD.
Transcription, once the primary means of documenting patient visits, now has competition from other documentation methods such as front-end speech recognition and point-and-click tools within the electronic health record, or EHR. The result is that the transcription industry – estimated at $10 billion annually in 2008 – has been in steady decline. WebChartMD's series of webinars focus on the changes that have occurred and the ways transcription companies can reposition themselves in the clinical documentation market.
"The webinar looks first at the impact EHRs are having on different segments of the transcription industry," Christensen added, "and then breaks out five key areas medical transcription companies need to focus on in order to survive the transcription downturn."
The five areas presented in the initial webinar and then featured in upcoming break-out sessions are "Changing Marketing Tactics", "Changing Sales Tactics", "Interfacing Boot Camp", "Leveraging Technology Effectively", and "Back-End Speech Recognition." All webinars are offered at no cost, and are accessed using GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use web-based webinar tool.
The first webinar, "Surviving the Transcription Market Downturn", will be held May 23rd and repeated on May 25th. For a full schedule of webinars and to register, please visit www.webchartmd.com/webinars, or email to .
Based in Johnson City, Tennessee, WebChartMD is a medical transcription software solution used by 5,000 physicians at close to 1,100 healthcare facilities nationwide. Using partial dictation and discrete reportable transcription functionality, WebChartMD increases physician productivity by interfacing dictation-based clinical documentation directly into EMR and EHR systems. WebChartMD's unique dictation software and transcription software helps healthcare organizations maximize their EMR and EHR investment by reducing the time and cost required for clinical documentation. For more information, please visit www.webchartmd.com.