The Value of Technical Writing in a Medical System
No matter what you may be paid as a technical writer, one thing is clear: technical writing is a valuable skill for the hiring company.
When a writer is able to lay out complicated information in a user-friendly way, not only are those using the information better served, but there are financial benefits as well.
Imagine having an outline for how one might follow a complicated procedure in a medical facility. With a technical document in place, there are clear understandings about what equipment is to be used, when it is to be used, and how it is to be used. If an entire medical system follows the directions, there is a reduced chance of wasted supplies and labor.
Though this might not add up to a large or even noticeable savings in one procedure, spread out over hundreds of procedures in dozens of medical facilities, a medical system can save money. The larger the medical system, the more savings, which allows for money to be used more efficiently in other areas, building more efficient practices, etc.
Over time, as more efficient practices are developed, the technical writing documents can be revised, reworked, and recreated, leading to long-term benefits for the budget and for staffing needs. While it may not be realistic to expect to cut costs dramatically, it is realistic to plan to cut costs slowly – reducing the need for layoffs or other budget-saving measures.
While it’s true that not all budgets can be reduced enough to avoid layoffs or restructuring, in today’s less confident financial times, every step taken is a step toward a brighter financial future.
One well-written document can be beneficial to a patient – directly or indirectly, but the more this document is followed, the more patients, the move lives it can save. While good health may be priceless, a hospital’s costs are not.
Saving pennies with clear technical documentation in any format makes sense/cents.