Have you seen a typo in a blog post? Maybe a comma was missing? Chances are, that was the blog editor's fault. Sure, you could blame the person who wrote the blog and say, "Hey, that's the way the writer submitted it," but that's a lame excuse. The truth is, it's the editor's ultimate responsibility. Most people have something similar in their line of work. For pathologists, it's something far more serious than a wayward comma. It's the patient's report.
Every time you click, "Publish" or "Send" on something, you might experience a moment of anxiety. It's not uncommon to worry that, even though you've looked over it a dozen times, you missed something, and it will go out into the world with a mistake. When the buck stops with you, it's imperative to be accurate.
In pathology, where the stakes are high for patients, what goes through a pathologist's mind before signing off on a patient report?'
Is the report accurate? Is it the right case number, patient name, diagnosis? Having the report out of your hands for transcription can be nerve wracking as well, especially as qualified transcriptionists are getting harder to find. Ross Weinstein wrote a great blog on that a couple months ago: These Aren't the Pathology Transcriptionists You're Looking For.
Even if you do have a great transcriptionist, there's still the issue of turnaround time and the occasional human error. From dictating a report to receiving it back from transcription, there may be a day and dozens of cases in between. Imagine something doesn't look quite right. You may have to go back and pull the slide to make sure the report is accurate before sending it off to the physician who ordered it.
That's where a speech recognition solution can help ease the anxiety. Real-time transcription allows for a "one and done" approach to reporting. You can make edits right away, use templates to improve dictation speed and accuracy, and keep control over the process from start to finish. There's no more desperate search for new transcriptionists, and the patients get their diagnoses sooner - The Stamford Pathology Group averaged a day and a half sooner!
If the buck stops with you, find out how a speech recognition solution could help you feel more confident in your signoff!