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Save Physicians 90 Minutes Per Day with “DRT” Transcription


Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are increasingly being implemented within healthcare organizations. Yet, EHRs have not proved more efficient for physician documentation. They often require an extensive amount of time from the physician to document the patient encounter due to cumbersome data entry options. The lost time and productivity by the physician means lost money for the healthcare organization. However, physicians can prevent lost documentation time – at least 90 minutes per day! – and maximize the effectiveness of their EHR.  Here’s how. 

Doctor Happy_DRT Transcription Saves Doctors TimeDiscrete Reportable Transcription Can Improve EHRs
Clinical documentation in EHRs can be improved by utilizing Discrete Reportable Transcription. With Discrete Reportable Transcription, dictation (and medical transcription) becomes even more useful and time friendly. Discrete Reportable Transcription enables the return of the physician’s dictated notes to specific sections in the EHR. Not only does the transcribed information directly populate the EHR’s fields and templates, but it also provides structured documentation in the EHR. (Learn more about transcription and structured, discrete data for EHRs here.)

A substantial benefit of employing Discrete Reportable Transcription with EHRs is that narrative dictation - often physicians’ preferred documentation method - is maintained and seamlessly integrated within the EHR. Using Discrete Reportable Transcription with EHRs can dramatically reduce the time documenting patient encounters in the EHR.

Discrete Reportable Transcription Can Save Physicians 90 Minutes Per Day
A study by the AC Group found that documenting in an EHR using Discrete Reportable Transcription could save the physician at least 90 minutes of clinical documentation time per day as compared to using the traditional documentation methods provided by EHRs. The study found that a physician using a Discrete Reportable Transcription-enabled EHR can complete note documentation for an entire day in less than 30 minutes as compared to the standard EHR entry options, which can take up to 140 minutes per day.1 

As the study found, a Discrete Reportable Transcription-enabled EHR provides a more valuable use of a physician’s time than manual EHR data entry options.  It is adaptive to clinical workflows and does not increase the work time of the physician.  Plus, Discrete Reportable Transcription can improve the physician’s satisfaction with the EHR. 
Discrete Reportable Transcription is an efficient, user-friendly, and practical option for completing encounter-note documentation in an EHR.

Reference Source:
1 Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS. DRT-enabled EHRs. AC Group. Retrieved from: