It is the age of technology. It has been swiftly advancing through different stages, which has made it easier for people to interact with the machinery. There have also been new uses as technology has progressed. However, nothing is ever that easy as each advancement comes with a flaw or a drawback. Likewise, different types of transcriptions come with its pros and cons as well.
In interactive transcription clinician continues to dictate to the voice recognition software until he or she is completely satisfied with the outcome. The positive aspect to this is that the clinician is provided with immediacy. The result is instant which also creates more satisfaction in the work that he or she is doing. However, there are a few disadvantages that come along with it. While the result is swift, there is more opportunity for mistakes and the clinician has to spend his time correcting the errors that have been made. This task is tedious and frustrating. Most clinicians have said in the time it takes for them to correct the mistakes, they can easily fit in another patient.
Another drawback is that the voice recognition has to be able to recognize the clinician’s voice. As the accents differ from region to region, there is greater amount of difficulty in deciphering the enunciations and pronunciations. It is better if the voice recognition engine is in laptop which can increase its ability to comprehend the various accents but most of the time they are installed in PCs which are harder to mobilize.
Verbal Transcription with a Digital Recorder:
In this case, the clinician can simply dictate to a digital recorder from anywhere and at anytime. The information is, then, transferred to a PC which runs voice recognition software. The date is processed into a report and is finally printed.
There are disadvantages to this type of audio typing as well. There is lack of immediacy as it depends on the clinician when he or she has the time to transfer the data to the computer. As there are more chances of mistakes and errors, an extra worker needs to be hired to rectify the mistakes. This can increase the costs for the clinician. A solution to this problem is that the clinician can hire people who simply edit the work. As they do not have to write an entire report from scratch, they can be paid accordingly.
Server-side with a Verbal Transcription:
This method is similar to the interactive transcription. The clinician can dictate the notes from a telephone and can review it either on the same day or later, which is convenient. This method resembles the automated voice response used by credit card companies. The process also involves hiring workers to edit the work that the clinician has dictated.
There is a more technical side regarding this type of work. The accuracy rate is lower than either of the two methods previously mentioned. Most telephones are restricted to a bandwidth of 3000 Hertz. This means there is more data and information for the software to sieve through which can be more tedious and can result in inaccuracy. However, this method does solve many of the problems related to audio typing.
There are different types of audio typing service which can be used. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages so that the users have to make sure which fits his or her purpose best.
Ailbert Craig is an enthusiastic blogger and a transcriptionist. He has been providing audio typing service for this site for almost 5 years now and is conversant with the technology that is associated with it.