Surgical Notes, a Dallas-based developer of transcription, coding, document management, services for the ambulatory surgery center and surgical hospital markets, has launched a mobile transcription app for use on the Apple iPad and iPhone.

When installed on the iPad, the app provides physicians with HIPAA-compliant access to their patient schedule, which is pulled directly from the practice management system. Once within the schedule, physicians choose a patient entry and are taken to a screen where they can dictate the operative report directly into the iPad.

Upon completion of dictation, the audio file is uploaded to Surgical Notes’ servers. Once the dictation is transcribed, a Surgical Notes account manager proofs the dictation and sends it back to Surgical Notes' proprietary transcription portal, SNChart. Via the iPad app, physicians can then review, edit, and finalize the operative report. They have the option to electronically sign the individual report or batch sign multiple reports. There is no additional cost to Surgical Notes clients for use of the app.

The iPhone version of the mobile transcription app allows physicians to view their schedule and complete dictations, and is currently available at iTunes. The company says an Android version is under development.

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