When a hospital, clinic or physician office looks for a medical transcriptionist, they have two possible options. The first option is to contact a transcription company to handle the work in its entirety. Second would be to hire a freelancer—otherwise known as an independent home-based medical transcriptionist. While there may be some benefits in hiring a freelancer, there are also some downsides. Medical facilities looking for medical transcription services need to be aware of these pros and cons before hiring anyone.
Why Choose Freelance Medical Transcription Services?
Initially, freelance services may appear very appealing. Hospitals and doctors’ offices can employ a freelancer at a lower rate. These freelance transcription professionals are, often times, not under contract, thus allowing the hospital to terminate the arrangement with them at any time, for any reason. Because they’re freelance employees, the hospital is not required to offer any form of benefit compensation. While this may make sense financially to the employer it sets up an environment of instability.
It is important as an employer to think twice before engaging with a freelancer. Medical transcription services must be first and foremost reliable. Do you know the background of your freelancer? Is it “a home based business or an individual looking for some extra spending money” or is it a solid business you can count on. Will they be committed to finish the assignment? Will the distractions in their work environment affect their productivity and/or accuracy? Most freelancers don’t have access to the same level of equipment as a hospital, medical office, or medical transcription company, which can result in less accurate work, produced at a much slower rate.
The Benefits of Medical Transcription Companies
There are numerous benefits to using professional medical transcription companies. They are accustomed to a professional working environment with access to automated transcription equipment. Unlike freelancers, these companies have a number of employees, which increases the possibility of production that the company can provide, in comparison to a freelancer. If one transcriptionist is unavailable, another steps up to handle the workload. This ensures that a project is never simply left unattended, due to illness or some other emergency. Transcriptionists work a set schedule every day with no distractions or other tasks to do, allowing for total commitment to what’s at hand. Most importantly, transcription work can be double-checked by another professional, ensuring its accuracy.
When you need fast, high quality transcription services, a medical transcription company, such as Fast Chart, reporting a 98.5% accuracy rate, is the clear choice. To learn more about hiring medical transcription services, visit our Contact Page or call us at 1-800-334-6606.