Happy Birthday M*Modal Always Understanding Blog!

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It is hard to believe, but it has been one year since M*Modal began its first foray into blogging with its Always Understanding blog.  Recognizing a shortage in tools and POSITIVE venues for MTs making the transition from traditional transcription to editing, M*Modal created the Always Understanding blog to provide tips, suggestions, and exercises, and to provide a means for MTs to share their own helpful tips and experiences.  Recently I’ve come to realize that it is more important than ever that MTs learn to edit efficiently and effectively.

This week I’ve been attending the annual PHIMA conference in Hershey, PA.  Much of the conversation here has been about Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and other changes coming to HIM professionals everywhere.  And contrary to assumptions made by many that the EHR will eliminate the need for transcription – guess what  – transcription is back!

As one of the presenters, Michele Wieczorek from M*Modal Partner Precyse, put it, “transcription is  alive and well!”  She and Dee Lang, also from Precyse, pointed out that comprehensive, complete documentation is going to be more important than ever as we use tools like natural language processing and computer assisted coding to get the most out of our health information.

So – thank you to Misty Patterson and Bethany Lindow from M*Modal for putting so much time and effort into Always Understanding! It looks like it will be a much-needed resource for MTs for many years to come.

Til Next Time,


2 Responses

  1. Lynn, congrats on a year of great blogposts! Don’t even unpack from PHIMA, because we at AHDI-Florida can’t wait to see you this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale for our annual meeting! Safe travels…

    • Thanks Susan! I just need to switch some things out of my suitcase and I’ll be on my way! See you there!


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