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 Medical Transcription
 

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MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION PRODUCTION HARDWARE DETAILS

The production unit workspace is spacious open area holding a network of 80 computers which includes 3 servers in a separate room for network management and 80 workstations.  Additional network equipment includes three 16-port Ethernet hubs, which leave ample scope for immediate expansion if necessary.

What is medical transcription?

Medical transcription is the process of converting into written form the dictated reports, procedures and notes of physicians and other healthcare professionals to document patient care and facilitate healthcare services.

In USA, it is necessary to document all of the patient’s records and findings for covering the insurance claims, which is the basis of the American Healthcare Industry. In hospitals, doctors hardly have any time to maintain patient records.

The usual practice adopted by doctors is to dictate and record information and findings of the patient, either into audiotape, Dictaphone or on to digital voice processing systems. These tapes are then sent to overseas medical transcription companies engaged in medical transcription to convert these voice dictations into text reports. These files represent the patient’s treatment history, including assessment, workup, therapeutic procedures, clinical course, diagnosis, prognosis, etc.  

Who is a medical transcriptionist?

A medical transcriptionist is a person who converts/transcribes voice tapes into written form (MS-Word document).

What does a medical transcriptionist do?

Medical Transcriptionists (MT’s) are specialists in the medical language and healthcare documentation. Medical Transcriptionists transcribe patients’ healthcare reports, including histories and physical examinations, discharge summaries, operative reports, etc. Using transcription equipment and a computer, they edit dictated material to be able to produce documents that are accurate and complete in medical content, grammar and clarity.

What are the qualities of a good medical transcriptionist?

A medical transcriptionist needs to have extensive knowledge of medical terminology to be able to produce documents that are accurate and complete. They need to have excellent English writing skills, including grammar, structure, style and spelling. They should have in-depth knowledge of medical transcription practices, and skills in word processing, spelling, and proofreading. They should possess good hearing acuity and listening ability, and a lot of patience. They should have strong research and analytical skills, and working knowledge of the internet is a plus.         

All these attributes and facets are imparted during medical transcription training.

Where do Medical Transcriptionists work?

Medical Transcriptionists work for private medical transcription companies called Medical Transcription Service Organizations (MTSOs). Medical transcriptionists also work in medical centers, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and clinics. Other institutions include insurance companies, healthcare companies and even government facilities.                        

Medical transcriptionists can also work as independent contractors with their own doctor clients. They can work as subcontractors for Medical Transcription Service Organizations, opting for part-time and flexible work schedules without affiliating themselves with one company. Independents can work out of their homes, transmitting their work electronically.
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Why is Medical Transcription an attractive career choice?

Medical transcriptionists are more in demand than ever before - especially those who are well-qualified, professional and conscientious. Aside from the growing demand and limited supply, here are other reasons why this is a lucrative career.    

Medical transcription is flexible. You can choose to work in a doctor’s office, join a Medical Transcription Service Organization (MTSO) or opt to work out of your own home as an entrepreneur. The power of the internet and a variety of other technological advances enable you to work from virtually anywhere!           

Medical transcription is also time-flexible. If you choose to work in this field, your working hours are up to you!
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What is the scope of growth in the Medical Transcription industry?

The country will never run out of dictation to be transcribed anywhere in the near future. Voice recognition systems are seen as a threat to the Medical Transcriptionist vocation, but realistically it will take years before they can take over—if at all! Even if they do develop technology sophisticated enough to do the transcribing, Medical Transcriptionists will still be needed as editors and record keepers!

What is the future of the medical transcription industry? How will speech recognition technology affect it?

The American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT) provides the following information: 

“In spite of the advances in this technology, it has been difficult for the software to grasp and analyze the human voice and the English language with all its diversity. There will continue to be a need for skilled medical language specialists who expand their education and have the knowledge to identify and appropriately edit the inevitable errors created by speech recognition systems and who have enough understanding of the health record to create a final document. Medical transcriptionist continue to be the best qualified to discern the nuances of human speech - indeed, the ultimate speech processors.”                      

In short, the demand for Medical Transcriptionist will continue into the foreseeable future. There are things that humans can do which machines cannot. Only human beings can exercise their judgment in separating actual dictation from the mumbo-jumbo. Only human beings can adjust to changes in accent (particularly for ESL doctors), pronunciation and syntax. As new medical procedures develop and new terminologies are introduced, human beings can make the adjustments much faster than machines can.

How long does it take to become a medical transcriptionist?

Anywhere from 3 months to a year, depending on where you’re starting from and how many hours you’re willing to devote to your education. If you have medical background or study full-time, the process is shorter. If you devote 6 -8 hours a day, 5 days a week you’ll be able to finish the basic medical transcription training in 4 - 5 months. On the average, however, the basic medical transcription training will take you 6 - 7 months if you devote 3 - 4 hours a day to it.

Do I need a certification?

The American Association for Medical Transcription has a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) program, which provides independent certification. You obtain this by completing an exam after 2 years of Medical Transcriptionist experience. However, certification is rarely required by employers and it is not necessary to be a Certified Medical Transcriptionist to work as a medical transcriptionist. Those who are interested in getting certified can opt to take MT University’s advanced medical transcription training, which consists of Certified Medical Transcriptionist exam preparation.

Do I need to be a good typist to be a medical transcriptionist?

In a word, yes. Vital to the success of a medical transcriptionist is speed, as well as accuracy. These are minimum requirements! However, it’s important to know that medical transcription requires a great deal more than fast typing.

Is Typing Included In Your Medical Transcription Training Course?

A minimum requirement for all our students is 20 wpm. Although typing is included in the training, throughout the medical transcription training you will find that your typing skills gradually and steadily improve. Practice makes perfect! Constant keyboarding will increase your speed and accuracy even if you have not done a typing class earlier. We do include, however, lessons regarding the use of the keyboard.

How do I find work after I’ve finished the medical transcription training?

The profiles of all our trainees automatically go into out database at INDUS INFOCOM, which our corporate partners can access when they have requirements. We do not guarantee employment, as a person’s employability is variable based on their performance. However, our PRODUCTION UNIT will process your performance and induct you in its center directly if you qualify. The Placement Cell of Indus Infocom assists you in getting placement in reputed MT companies nationwide as there is a constant demand of MT’s from our corporate manpower.

Can I start my own business after I finish the medical transcription training? Can I work out of my home?

Advances in technology and the power of the internet have enabled individuals outside of the medical facility to provide transcription service. This means that a transcriptionist residing virtually anywhere can work for a doctor across the country. The latest technology allows a transcriptionist to receive dictation in audio files on the internet. These are transcribed and sent through the internet.       

A qualified Medical Transcriptionist can acquire his or her own clients, or do subcontract work for a Medical Transcription Service Organization. A Medical Transcriptionist with his own clients is an entrepreneur and can offer his services to doctor’s offices, medical clinics, hospitals, company medical centers, etc. They can also bring other Medical Transcriptionist into their network in order to take on more volume. The possibilities are endless.    
             
Although this alternative is possible, it is not recommended immediately after training. More than anything, a fresh trainee needs exposure to a network of other Medical Transcriptionists that will help him with his learning curve - particularly, with research techniques. There’s nothing like being in a room with 50 other Medical Transcriptionists who can help you out!           
             

Also, affiliation with a Medical Transcription Service Organization gives you several layers of protection - including a proofreader and an editor - who make sure that your work is accurate.

What about those free and cheap Medical Transcription Programs?

In this world, you get what you pay for! A cheap education buys you very little. Often, these programs are developed and staffed by people who aren’t qualified to provide medical transcription training. Even after going through the medical transcription training, you won’t know enough to meet minimum requirements. Worse, the bad track record of these schools will rub off on you and employers will hesitate to hire you because of a bad experience in the past.    

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