Friday, April 19, 2013

What is Medical Record Summarization?

Medical record review is a complex and often tedious process. From the pile of medical reports, lab results, x-rays and tests, to the last stage of summarization, it requires a well structured strategy.  The process demands extensive knowledge in medical terminology related to diagnoses and procedures in addition to a whole lot of time and effort. And this is backed by specialized technology to make it easily accessible.

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Attorneys and other non medical staff usually find it very difficult to comprehend and extract the necessary information from the records. They may have to spend a lot of time for this work that could be devoted to other more important activities. Additionally, even after significant effort, they might still not be able to identify errors, tampering, omissions and missing records.

The review team, which usually consists of highly trained medical documentation specialists as well as medical professionals and paramedics, work collectively to bring out a lucid and crystal clear summarized record. They carry out the review process within the stipulated time, quickly identifying common issues such as missing information, ambiguous data and inconsistencies in the medical records.