Medical Transcription popularly known as MT is an allied health profession which involves transcription or converting voice into typed data in words. Which means converting into written form the dictations by the physicians and other healthcare professionals regarding patient assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis etc. in order to document patient care and facilitate healthcare services.
Who is a transcriptionist?
A Medical Transcriptionist is a person who is a specialist in medical language who with the help of electronic equipments like a computer, speakers or headphones, and some word processing software convert the the data in the form of voice or audio into electronic data in the form of words. This process then needs a person to proof read the data for grammatical errors and clarity.
The so recorded data is useful in further following up of the patients and in medical claims such as health insurance.
What is the need for a Medical Transcriptionist?
Doctors or Physicians need to keep record of patients concerning the case study, prescribed medicines, details of diagnosis, analyzed health condition and improvements in written form for future reference and for the purpose of keeping these as records. But due the increase in number of patients a doctor attends in a day and due to hard pressed nature of their job, they can’t sit and write al those records themselves. So, there arises the need for a data processor called a transcriptionist to carryout the duty of converting the voice record of the doctors into written format.
Medical transcription has become a fast growing earning opportunity and it is now available worldwide.
What are the essentials to carry on a successful Medical Transcription career?
*To be said frankly, there is no formal standard for a person to carry on Medical Transcription. *One needs the skills to efficiently understand the compressed data in audio format and converting into words. *Excellent grammatical skills and knowledge over the language applying is very much important. *Most of the companies providing the compensation as hourly rates and hence one needs excellent typing skills too. But typing speed increases by virtue of working. *As all typing careers, this field also is one where accuracy in data processing is very much important. *One needs to improve knowledge over medical terms and medicines very essential. But this can be achieved by joining one of the huge number of websites available, which are providing training to the Medical Transcriptionists. *One can use some of the medical transcription software available for carrying out this job, which provides both speed and accuracy.
Not here it is necessary to mention a high speed ‘Internet Connection’ is must.
The real advantage with Medical Transcription is, anyone can do it as a part time job and it is easy to learn too. Good luck for your MT career.