Medical transcription services data security

Tom Ryder

Tom Ryder

Medical Transcription Services Data Security

Secure transcription

Together with our partners, the LMC Buying Groups, we discuss how to ensure complete security of your data whilst outsourcing can seem like a daunting task. When companies boast of adherence to data regulations you can be left wondering if this is true.

The main concerns regarding the outsourcing of typing are as follows:

What data can be sent to the typing provider?

  • Who processes this data?
  • Where does the data go – does it stay within the UK, or is it sent overseas?
  • Risk of patient and employee data being exposed, or lost;
  • File sharing protocols – do you have to email, upload to a secure system or can they access the files from within your dictation platform?

Amendments to the General Data Protection Act last year was a welcome and necessary change to data privacy regulations forcing organisations across all industries to assess the way they handle personal data, ensuring they have effective data management strategies in place.

So how do practices decide on what does and what doesn’t adhere to the Data Protection Act 2018?   The easiest way would be to review documents produced by NHS Digital, or to contact your SIRO (Senior Information Risk Owner), but a lot of this isn’t specific to the use of an outsourced typing provider.  The decision will come down to the practice manager to choose what systems are used and decide on the form of typing pool(s) used.

Where to start

When choosing a typing provider, data security should always be at the top of your list; look out for the following main points:

  • Encryption;
  • Data retention;
  • Information security certificates;
  • Location;
  • Experience.

Encryption

A process to encode information to ensure that only those meant to access it, can.  A purpose-built system built around E2E (end to end) encryption of data from a secure UK-based server will reduce the risk of file interception – this is done by ‘hiding’ a bit of information within the file that only the creator and intended recipient can read and allow the file to be opened correctly.

All you need to know is that a company uses TLS (often referred to as SSL from the old days) encryption which is the worldwide standard.

If the company you’re looking at doesn’t offer any means of a secure system with E2E encryption, or they want you to work with them over email, we would recommend you look elsewhere.

Data retention

A big concern for practices is that commercial contractors do not care what happens with patient information once the contract ends. Find out what their policy is for retention. As a requirement of GDPR, companies must remove all personal data relative to processing time, so it’s worth finding out what their procedure is regarding this. You want to know where the data goes to, where it is stored (is it a UK-based server) and what happens after they’ve typed the dictation.

Most large transcription companies will have hundreds of typists, almost all of which will be home-based.  Ensure that you know where the typists are based (they could be offshore) and ensure you know how they secure data on their transcribers’ PCs.

Make sure that you are happy with the length of time in which any data is stored on their servers, and with the typists.  There isn’t a hard and fast rule here, but it’s important you understand the risks/benefits of what the typing providers offer.

Information security certificates

You want your typing provider to not only tell you that their data protection policy is good, or that they are ‘compliant’, it is important that this can be evidenced with certification by an external examiner. Security should be an inherent consideration in the way a business operates, and not something only considered when an audit is due.

Look for an appropriate ISO certification mark; ISO27001 is the international standard for information security. A company who achieves an ISO27001 certificate has committed to maintaining an Information Security Management System (ISMS).  This requires the implementation of a top-down infrastructure built around controls and procedures which manage the risk of potential data security threats and breaches.

Location

We would also recommend looking at where a company is based. This is important to ensure you can contact them easily if you have any queries – but that isn’t all;  you don’t want your patients’ data being stored on a server outside the UK if at all possible (NHS Digital).  If data has gone offshore and outside of the EEA, then there are vastly different policies in place for data security, retention and encryption which could lead to data being intercepted, leaked or even sold on.

There are a few entirely UK-based typing companies in the industry, meaning that data will stay completely within the UK, and never leave.  Some companies sneakily call themselves a UK-based company, whilst still sending letters offshore to India, the Philippines or elsewhere to be typed.  Unvetted transcribers are liable to lower levels of scrutiny regarding data retention, with no way to prove that they are adhering to data protection policies.  Language barriers and poor knowledge of medical terminology is another thing that can cause major issues here.

Experience

How long has the company been operating? If they have a track record with no breaches in the past, then this is ideal. You want a company that know what they are doing, have a good track record, keep on top of new procedures and take data security seriously.

There is a lot to be said for customer satisfaction. Look at who they already work with.  Do they work with any practices in your area?  Demonstrated approval by public and private sector organisations is a good indication that they are proficient in handling sensitive information with standards likely to meet the high expectations of today’s regulatory compliance.

What now?

If you stick to the above, and you have no concerns with what the transcription provider can offer in terms of data security, then you should feel safe in the knowledge that your data is in good hands.

To find out more about data security when outsourcing medical transcription, or for more information on outsourced medical transcription services then please get in touch.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Proofread (speech recognition)

An automated transcription process which converts speech into text with an added edit (professional proofread). This service is suitable for customers who require a grammatically correct, complete document, with all the automated speech-to-text software errors corrected. The document is delivered in block text format which is ideal for internal use but will need reformatting for external use. This is a hybrid product, incorporating cost reductions and a human proofread.

This is a back-end speech recognition service which means that audio is uploaded with a completed block text document being returned quickly but following a correction audit by a professional proofreader. A front-end engine requires users to sit and correct documents there and then, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking software. The back-end process delivers where users do not have time to correct and do not want a change in their current upload process.

Speech-to-text software

Accuro trialled numerous speech recognition apps and voice recognition apps including Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, Google Dictation, and Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service.

Accuro chose a bespoke, profile-based version of Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service due to their higher accuracy achieved through Azure’s neural networks and deep learning technology.  

Being profile based, Accuro’s speech recognition service benefits from industry specific dictionaries and deep learning where accent, dialect and dictation styles can be learned to improve accuracy over time.

With Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance’s Dragon dictation, Accuro benefit from the fastest progressing and best AI in the speech-to-text market.

Rough draft (speech recognition)

Speech recognition is an automated transcription process which converts speech into text. This service is suitable for customers requiring a cost-effective and rapid rough draft copy of their voice into text.

‘Front end’ engines, such as Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, require users to correct and edit (fix) documents in-app.

Accuro is a back-end speech recognition service which means that audio is uploaded and a completed block text document is returned within minutes.

The back-end process delivers when users want to upload dictation and then want an administrator to process the document or edit in Microsoft Word themselves, at a convenient time.

Speech to text software

Accuro trialled numerous speech recognition apps and voice recognition apps including Nuance’s Dragon Naturallyspeaking, Google Dictation, and Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service.

Accuro chose a bespoke, profile-based version of Microsoft Azure’s speech-to-text service due to a higher accuracy achieved through Azure’s neural networks and deep learning technology.  

Being profile based, Accuro’s speech recognition service benefits from industry specific dictionaries and deep learning where accent, dialect and dictation styles can be learned to improve accuracy over time.

With Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance’s Dragon dictation, Accuro benefit from the fastest progressing and best AI in the speech-to-text market.

Can Accuro transcribe my files?

Accuro has over 750 UK based transcribers with skill sets in all sectors. We specialise in users dictating individually to produce a document, multiple voices in conference or video call environments or supporting video content with web captioning. 

Outsourced transcription service

The most accurate and flexible product. An industry specific, trained panel of UK transcribers produce highly accurate documents, replacing the need to employee local typists or assisting during peaks in workload.  

Accuro specialises in producing accurate business ready documents from speech audio files. By accessing our secure portal, customers upload voice files which are distributed to a professional UK transcriber. Once complete, the file is instantly queued into an editing list and professionally proofread before we make it available to you or your secretary for onward distribution.  

Whether you only need one file transcribing, or have a volume requirement you can access a dashboard to track progress, manage profiles, check spend plus much more.  

Professional and legal speech recognition service

Accuro’s speech recognition service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing Accuro’s speech recognition service will be looking for a rough draft which can easily be reformatted inhouse. The solution is cost saving and quick. 

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.10
1 hour
No

Accuro’s professional and legal speech recognition service is suitable for:

  • Rough Draft
  • Semi-technical audio
  • Non-customer facing files i.e file notes
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability
  • Document head start
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Professional and legal speech recognition + edit service

Accuro’s speech recognition + edit service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing this service will be allocated a bespoke profile based on their speciality, with that profile being supported by one of Accuro’s technical glossaries. Content created by the speech recognition engine is checked for accuracy by Accuro’s team of proofreaders.

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s professional and legal speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Single voice files
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability
  • Suitable for non-customer facing documents i.e. file notes
  • Input directly into CMS
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Professional and legal transcription service

A UK transcription service provided by experienced legal and professional transcribers. Audio transcription is allocated via secure bespoke software to transcribers to produce an accurate interpretation of the audio file.

To achieve maximum accuracy rates, completed digital transcription is edited and checked by our in-house professional proofreaders before despatch to the customer.

Audio transcription template styles

You can use your organisation’s style including letterhead, forms, fonts and graphics or use Accuro’s standard templates.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1


2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.20


£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
Next business day


2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (4 hours)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (3 days)

Volume discounts apply.

Accuro’s professional and legal transcription service is suitable for:

  • Technical or semi-technical audio
  • Single or multi-voice audio files
  • Telephone or video recordings
  • Conference calls
  • Transcription service requiring formatting
  • Transcription directly into CMS
  • Print and post
  • E-mail
As well as our high-quality professional and legal transcription services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, translation services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Many businesses in an ever-growing international market require translation services to support trading overseas. Whether this be marketing material or a website in a foreign language, businesses tend to rely on a quick Google search to find a translation provider. Let Accuro do the hard work for you. Accuro can source the very best translation provider for you using our approved suppliers who have demonstrated commitment to service delivery, accuracy and value for money. So if you have a translation project that you need completing then why not get in touch today.

Accuro’s approved panel use a combination of international linguists and translation memory tools to provide the most cost-efficient and accurate service on the market. They have extensive reach into many sectors including:

  • Chemical
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Food and Drink
  • Healthcare and Medical
  • Engineering
  • Energy
  • Financial
  • Creative and Marketing
  • E-Learning
  • Aerospace
  • IT & Telecoms
  • Transport Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Clinical Trials
  • Legal
  • Biotech
  • Insurance
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Software
  • Leisure and Entertainment
As well as our high-quality translation services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Accuro’s approved translation providers have tens of thousands of linguists worldwide, able to translate from the most common of combinations such as English to Arabic, or Dutch to English and to more niche translations such as Tagalog to Afrikaans.

The list of languages covered by our translation panel is not exhaustive. If you cannot see the language you require, please use our contact us page, or call us on 01565 748000 and we will be able to advise further.

  • Albanian
  • Arabic
  • Afrikaans
  • Bengal
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • Flemish
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kosovan
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Taiwanese
  • Thai
  • Ukranian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
As well as our high-quality translation services, Accuro provides excellent medical transcription services, legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services and Zoom & Teams transcription services.

Closed caption service

Whether you are thinking “how do I add captions to my video?” or “how do I make my video accessible for deaf people?” – consider Accuro’s captioning service. 

Whether you are a novice video creator or a senior media producer, Accuro provide subtitles in WebVTT (Web Video Text Track) format to add timed-text as an overlay on your video.  WebVTT is the industry standard format for closed captions.

Captioning their imagination

Accurate captions on a video allows your content to reach a wider audience and enables viewers to enjoy even with the sound turned off.

How does it work?

As well as our high-quality closed caption service, Accuro provides excellent translation services, transcription services for the healthcare sector and other professionals.

Medical speech recognition service

Accuro’s speech recognition service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing Accuro’s speech recognition service will be looking for a rough draft which can easily be reformatted inhouse. The solution is cost saving and quick.   

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.10
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition service is suitable for:

  • Rough draft 
  • Single voice audio files 
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Non-customer facing files – patient notes etc. 
  • Input directly in to CMS
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Medical speech recognition & edit service

Accuro’s speech recognition + edit service uses the very latest in neural network technologies, Microsoft Azure. Customers choosing this service will be allocated a bespoke profile based on their medical speciality, with that profile being supported by one of Accuro’s technical glossaries. Content created by the speech recognition engine is checked for accuracy by Accuro’s team of proofreaders.

Audio transcription template styles

Block of text format.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£0.80
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Accuro’s medical speech recognition + edit service is suitable for:

  • Semi-technical audio
  • Single voice audio files
  • Transcription service requiring block text formatting
  • Customers with in-house formatting capability for patient/referral documentation
  • Input directly into CMS
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Medical transcription service

A sector leading UK transcription service provided by medical transcribers with expertise in all major specialities. Audio transcription is allocated via secure bespoke software to transcribers to produce an accurate interpretation of the audio file.

To achieve maximum accuracy rates, completed digital transcription is edited and checked by our in-house professional proofreaders before despatch to the customer.

Audio transcription template styles

You can use your organisation’s style including letterhead, forms, fonts and graphics or use Accuro’s standard templates.

Transcription rates and turnaround

Speakers Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
1
£1.20
Next business day
Yes (4 hours)

Volume discounts and set price per letter (primary care) and price per line equivalency available on request

Multi-voice Fee / min Turnaround Qualify for urgent request?
2-4


5-7


8 +
£1.50


£1.70


£2.00
2 days


3 days


5 days
Yes (1 day)


Yes (1 day)


Yes (3 days)

Accuro’s medical transcription service is suitable for:

  • Secondary care – patient correspondence
  • Primary care – referral letters
  • Private clinical practice
  • Mental health
  • Occupational health
  • Medico-legal
  • Accents and dialects
  • Technical or semi-technical audio
  • Transcription directly into your case management system
  • E-mail
As well as our high-quality medical transcription services, Accuro provides excellent legal transcription services, academic transcription services, property transcription services, captioning services, Zoom & Teams transcription services and translation services.

Who we work with

Accuro has been providing specialist transcription services to medical professionals in the UK since 2001. Our customers enjoy a reduction in their fixed secretarial costs, improved efficiency in document turnaround times and freedom from the HR headaches involved in recruitment and retention of staff.

Our customers include GP surgeries, NHS Trusts, and medical professionals working in the private sector.  Our doctors use the service as an extension to their team of employed secretaries, either as a complete solution, a daily overflow typing pool or on an adhoc basis when staff take annual or sick leave.

Our guaranteed one business day turnaround and free priority service ensures clinical correspondence is always dealt with on time.  With speed, responsiveness, security and cost-effectiveness at the core of what we do why choose anyone else as your virtual assistant?

We provide medical transcription services across the following dictation tasks:

  • Patient letters
  • Medical reports
  • Medical referral letters
  • Medical conference and symposium recordings
  • Medical interview transcription
  • Consultation reports
  • Patient medical history reports
  • Physical reports
  • Laboratory reports
  • Pathology reports
  • Radiology reports
  • Discharge reports