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National MT Week


2018 Social Media and Advocacy Toolkit


Messages to Advance

HDSs apply their knowledge and expertise to perform a variety of roles in patient data capture and document integrity. Their mastery of medical terminology and the English language, understanding of clinical practice and the basics of health IT, and credentials attest to that expertise. HDSs are well versed in the requirements of HIPAA and HITECH, and the workflow and processes in clinical documentation. The broad and extensive responsibilities and services performed by HDSs serve critical roles in the creation of accurate and comprehensive patient care records.

HDSs partner with clinicians and other stakeholders to ensure accurate and complete documentation—working together for patient safety. They transcribe voice files, edit speech recognized text, and perform quality assessments of clinician-created documentation; they are valuable partners ensuring high-quality healthcare documentation. HDSs are integral to preserving the integrity of the health record and serve as subject matter experts who can work with providers to create documentation best practices.

The title healthcare documentation specialist refers to individuals who have built on their core knowledge and skills to follow varied career paths. HDSs are trained to look for and identify potential errors in the medical record, regardless of how the record was created. It is the interpretive clinical knowledge of this skilled professional that will continue to differentiate between risk and quality in healthcare documentation.


Share Your Passion and Spread the Word

By supporting clinicians through precise documentation, errors are reduced, and patients receive better care. Here's what you can do to share your passion:


The official hashtag for National Medical Transcriptionist Week is #NMTW.



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