Medical transcriptionists, sometimes referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.
Many Medical Transcriptionists have chosen to be self-employed and many work from home. Others work for hospitals, physicians' offices, and third-party transcription service companies that provide transcription services to healthcare establishments.
Medical transcriptionists typically need postsecondary education. Prospective medical transcriptionists must have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar, and word-processing software. Terminology, industry standard processing and real-world practice is what Absolute Experience can provide for you.
The answer to this question depends largely on what your goals are; working from home, at a Doctor's office, a hospital, etc. The median annual wage for medical transcriptionists was $35,720 in May 2016. However, income can increase exponentially if you become a Medical Transcription Service Owner. In this model your service would generally work for multiple Physicians simultaneously and even have several other Medical Transcriptionists working directly for you!
The number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform. The increasing volume of healthcare services will result in a growing number of medical tests and procedures, all of which will require transcription. While additional technology is always a factor, recent industry news suggests that medical professionals are opting for traditional transcription services as opposed to digital due to the quality of the dictation. And most importantly, healthcare providers who spend so much time working with digital transcription software lose valuable time with patients, often seeing less patients in a day to compensate for their time using the software. Also the qualified ear of a medical transcriptionist means less errors in documentation, saving the providers additional use of their valuable time and resources.
There are lots of options for Medical Transcription training. Absolute Experience does not replace formal training, but supplements the training with real-world practice. Absolute Experience utilizes actual Physicians to get the most authentic experience to our users. Many formal MT training programs integrate Absolute Experience in their curriculum, but for those who do not, you can take advantage of this yourself.
Absolute Experience has decades of experience in Medical Transcription, in many different settings and capacities. If you have a question, we likely have the answer!