Surgical Notes Develops Mobile Transcription Application to
Improve Completion of Physician Operative Notes
App turns iPad and iPhone into wireless dictation device, providing quick
action on op notes and shortening revenue cycle
Surgical Notes, a nationwide provider of transcription, coding, document management,
and other information technology services for the ambulatory surgery center
and surgical hospital markets, has announced the launch of a mobile transcription
application for use on the Apple iPad and iPhone. The app provides a number
of significant benefits to clients contracting with Surgical Notes for
transcription and coding services.
When installed on the iPad, the mobile transcription app provides physicians
with HIPAA-compliant access to their patient schedule, which is pulled
directly from the practice management system. Once within the schedule,
physicians choose a patient entry and are taken to a screen where they
can dictate the operative report directly into the iPad.
Upon completion of the dictation, the audio file is uploaded to Surgical
Notes servers. Once the dictation is transcribed, a Surgical Notes account
manager proofs the dictation and sends it back to Surgical Notes’
proprietary transcription portal, SNChart. Via the iPad app, physicians
can then review, edit, and finalize the operative report. They have the
option to electronically sign the individual report or batch sign multiple reports.
The iPhone version of the mobile transcription app allows physicians to
view their schedule and complete dictations.
"The app was developed specifically for physicians, with a simple
workflow design that makes dictation and completion of operative reports
convenient, quick, and easy," said Randy Bishop, Chief Operating
Officer for Surgical Notes. "Not only does the app provide these
tremendous benefits for physicians, it's also extremely helpful for
staff members tasked with medical records completion. Rather than carrying
stacks of paper records to physicians for their signature or waiting extended
periods of time for signatures, staff can present the iPad to physicians,
who can electronically sign and approve reports within seconds."
The app, available now through iTunes, is already in use by physicians
in surgery centers and offices nationwide. There is no additional cost
to Surgical Notes clients for use of the app.
"We view the app as a tool that helps our clients significantly reduce
the time it takes for physicians to complete dictation and operative reports,
which reduces the time for claims submission," said Mr. Bishop. "The
app ultimately shortens a facility's revenue cycle and decreases days
in accounts receivable. At Surgical Notes, we strive to deliver the best
transcription and coding services in the industry. Developing new resources
such as the mobile transcription app is part of our ongoing efforts to
improve our operations and bring greater cost savings and efficiency to
An Android version of the mobile transcription app is under development.
About Surgical Notes, Inc.
Surgical Notes is a nationwide provider of transcription, coding, and document
management applications. The ambulatory surgery center industry's
largest management companies and roughly 20,000 healthcare providers trust
Surgical Notes to provide customer focused software solutions that eliminate
manual processes, streamline workflow, and accelerate the revenue cycle.
Founded in 1999, Surgical Notes is an industry innovator and leader. For
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