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Career Overview

Medical transcription has changed greatly over the years. With the advent of technology, medical transcriptionists have been able to let the good ol’ typewriter go and utilize word processing software with different computers. What has not changed is that Medical Transcription (MT) professionals often must be ready at a moment’s notice to transcribe medical reports that their physician (or often, physicians) dictate regarding their patients’ health care.

Recent Advances

No more necessity for the carbon copies or messy notes that accompanied most reports in the past. Paper is clearly being replaced by records that are transcribed by computer-assisted technology. Therefore, medical transcription departments rely as much on the Information Technology departments as the doctor who has assigned their project. The communication between doctor, MT and sometimes the IT departments is essential. The most vital skill the medical transcriptionist must possess is still accuracy. Although there are developments for speech-recognition software, it is still in its infancy and often is inaccurate. For many reasons, an MT must learn a plethora of medical and often legal jargon. Many medical professionals dictate very quickly and medical transcriptionists are required to incorporate their knowledge within their reports. These final reports that the medical transcriptionist generates are indispensable to both the doctor and the patient. You wouldn’t want to receive an error-filled report that could affect either the mental and/or physical condition of you or a loved one. The MT has a duty to inform their medical professional that their description of a patient’s condition is precise.

Home Based Transcription

Medical transcription has become very popular with people who want to stay at home and develop their own business. Many home based medical transcriptionists don’t always have to report to the medical offices or hospitals with which they are working. Their transcriptions are often e-mailed or uploaded to an FTP site, where the MT has limited access to patient’s records.

Important Skills

The three ideal qualities for an MT to possess are precision, quickness, and commitment. As mentioned before as accuracy, the MTs who fail at precision will soon find themselves looking for another profession. The rapidity of an MT is just as imperative – any medical transcriptionist worth their salt will have to realize that the faster they produce, the more they will be paid in the long run. Commitment is difficult to quantify and is more of the individual MT’s responsibility. The long-term efficiency of a quality medical transcriptionist is measured more by their demeanor with their employers, their reports’ turnaround times and the desire to constantly learn. Those who believe that their education ends with a certificate are sadly mistaken; they must constantly improve their instruction by going to workshops or find the time to network with other transcriptionists who are as enthusiastic about their profession as they are.

Training and Education

Entering the medical transcription profession usually requires some level of training. A degree or certificate from an accredited training program makes a candidate much more appealing to employers, who can count on the person possessing the knowledged required for the job. Training is also helpful in becoming certified as well as earning a higher salary.