Medical Transcription Career

A medical transcriptionist is a person that transcribes recordings that have been dictated by physicians and health care specialists. The recordings can be correspondence, reports, medical records or other material that may be needed. The position involves receiving the dictation by way of a tape, voice file or digital system. Once the medical transcriptionist has the recording, he/she will listen and type exactly what is said on the recording. In order to perform the duties of a medical transcriptionist, a person must have good listening and language skills as well as good computer skills and the understanding of medical terms. In most cases, the words that are typed will be transposed using a computer or word processor while controlling the recording tape with a foot pedal. The medical transcriptionist will also have to edit and clarify the document as it is being transcribed.

The medical transcriptionist will be required to comply with certain medical record formats as well as deal with issues such as patient confidentiality. Documents that a medical transcriptionist can expect to work with include release papers, release documentation, medical history, physical examination reports, reports of operations, autopsy reports, image diagnostic studies, notes of treatment, notes of progress, and letters of referral.

Once the documents have been transcribed, the medical transcriptionist will return the documents to the physician for approval or to learn if further correcting is needed.

Some medical transcriptionist’s often proofread all types of medical documents to check for errors and discrepancies in which he/she will make the necessary corrections. In order to perform their job a medical transcriptionist must be able to comprehend and accurately transcribe the evaluation of patients to decrease the possibility of improper or dangerous treatment.

Today, many medical transcriptionists work through the use of the internet. This helps medical transcriptionist’s work as a network so each person can receive and return the dictations immediately which helps with client approval as well as the tasks being performed faster and more efficiently.

Another technology being used is speech recognition technology. This technology will create a typed report by of an electronic translation of the spoken word. This typed report will need to be proofread and such things as punctuation, grammar, errors in translation and format will have to be checked.

In order to become a medical transcriptionist you will need to complete postsecondary training, which can be found through vocation schools, distance learning programs, and community colleges. It would also be in your best interest to complete a one year or two year associate degree program with emphasis on anatomy, medical terminology, legality in healthcare documentation, grammar and punctuation in English. Other skills you will need as a medical transcriptionist include good listening skills.

Earnings for a medical transcription vary by the facility, the location, and the training. In most cases, the average salary is around £15,000- £18,000, An experienced medical transcriptionist can earn up to £25,000- £30,000 per year for full time employment and £11,200 per year for part time employment.


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