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What does a Medical Transcriptionist Do?
Medical transcriptionists convert voice recordings into written medical reports. The original voice dictation is done by a medical professional. Generally, healthcare professionals make a dictation about a medical visit that they carried out. Medical transcriptionists listen to the dictation and convert it into a written document. Medical transcriptionists are also interpreters; they are able to interpret the spoken word and transcribe it into coherent written form. In order to transcribe, one must be well-versed in medical terminology and medical abbreviations. Can you please add in this paragraph and the below paragraph that MTs are trained to enter all transcription into the EMR currently used by the provider? This is a very important and added step that MTs now have to do in order to retain some of the business because some providers do not want to bother with the EMRs themselves. With older workforce, it is taking them too long to mess with the EMR so they continue to dictate as usual and we do the rest for them. It’s a big added step for MTs with no pay advantage.
What Are Some of the Duties of Medical Transcriptionists?
The process of transcribing can be challenging and meticulous. Not only do transcriptionists have to type at the same time as they listen, but they also have to able to pay close attention to detail. Medical transcriptionists may transcribe some of the following things: discharge summaries, medical history, diagnostic test results, referral letters, and operative reports. After finishing the transcription, the transcriptionist then has to proofread and edit the report. He or she has to make sure that every point is correct and that the context and syntax are consistent. A medical transcriptionist also has to be able to interpret medical jargon and abbreviations.
The Importance of Communication
Medical transcriptionists must have a close relationship with the healthcare providers that they work with. This is a relationship that ensures the accuracy of the reports that they transcribe. After finishing the report, the transcriptionist will submit the report to the healthcare provider for approval. Medical transcriptionists must abide by HIPPA (I believe this should be HIPAA) laws and other guidelines that the documentation may require. After getting approval for the medical reports, the transcriptionist must then enter the medical report into the health record system.
What Kind of Equipment Does a Medical Transcriptionist Use?
In order to seamlessly and efficiently carry out their tasks, medical transcriptionists use software and equipment that can connect to their computer. The equipment is hands-free so that transcriptionists can optimize the use of their hands for typing. Apart from that, transcriptionists use word processing tools and specialized reference materials.
Average Pay and More
Transcription can be rewarding. As a transcriptionist, you can work from home the pay can be competitive. The average pay for medical transcription is about $34,000 a year. There are some transcriptionist who make about 10% less and some may make about 10% more. Some medical transcriptionist get paid based on how much work they produce and others receive an annual salary. Please remove this part completely. This is older info and these numbers are no longer accurate, unfortunately.
The Future of Medical Transcribing
It is projected that the field of medical transcribing it will grow about 8% by 2022. More and more patients are gaining access to medical care and that increases the need for more healthcare procedures which will require more transcription. As the career grows and evolves, it is sure to improve. In reality, medical transcribing can be a great job because it can be done at the office or at home. Unfortunately, this is untrue as well because of the use of EMRs in the medical field. EMRs enable providers t do their own “transcription” by using self-made templates within the EMR and also using a click box option instead of dictating.