FUTURE

Today, Medical Analysis is a fast-growing and well-established industry in India. As our country continues to be the most-preferred destination for outsourcing this work, future for Medical Analyst looks very promising. With the changing technology, automated workflow, and growing retirees in USA, the Medical Analysis industry is on its success path.

Reports point out that the Medical Analysis industry in our country is expected to reach an estimated $647 million in 2010 from the $195 million in 2005, making it the fourth largest foreign-exchange earner for India. It has been touted as one of the most attractive careers today.


The reason the US, Canada, and Australian hospitals and clinics outsource their work to India is not only because of the lower cost but also because of the faster turn around time India can provide, i.e. the time it takes from the point the doctor dictates to the time the finished report is sent back to the hospital. According to NASSCOM, more than 900 million hospital events need to be recorded every year. And for this, about two lakh analysts will be needed in our country by 2009. And this will continue to grow as the aging population in the US, Canada, and Australia need more medical care.


The skilled Medical Analysts can relax, as their future is secured with enough work to do for their entire lifetime. With the emergence of speech recognition software and other related technologies, do not think that the life of Medical Analysts is on the verge of sinking. In fact, it will increase the scope for a Medical Analyst since speech recognition software has many inherent limitations.


For instance, speech recognition software will never distinguish ‘Die late' and ‘Dilate' or ‘Nitrate' and ‘Night rate'. There are thousands of ‘sound-a-like' words in English that makes speech recognition inaccurate. These kinds of similar sounding words can create a lot of tribulations in medical documents. Only a skilled Medical Analyst can identify these kinds of mistakes. In addition to this, any change in pitch or tone of the author's voice because of illness etc. will result in very poor recognition rate. To produce a totally error-free document requires human intervention, no matter how efficiently speech recognition software works. Medical Analysts have to listen to the full dictation and identify the mistakes that the software did not recognize at all or incorrectly recognized. Not in another million years will speech recognition software have intellectual ability like humans.


The quality of analyzed documents will increasingly be measured against various criteria like the Principles of Documentation developed by the Consensus Workgroup on Healthcare Documentation & Report Generation. These criteria include unique identification of the patient, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, interoperability, retrievability, authentication and accountability, auditability, and confidentiality and security. To maintain these criteria, service of a skilled Medical Analyst is inevitable.