Medical Transcription

What is Medical transcription?

The simplest definition of Transcription is conversion of voice to electronic text form. Medical Transcription is an IT enabled service that requires specialized skills in utilizing Information technology in converting the voice data of the doctors who are in the US, consisting of patient history and medical advises into electronic documents.

How old is Medical transcription?
The origin of MT is USA where it is a well established industry which is 25 years old.

How much will I earn as a medical transcriptionist?
After the training one could start earning anything between Rs.4,000 to Rs.6,000 per month. As this is an incentive oriented job, for a good performer, the sky is the limit.

Do I have to work in shifts?
This depends on the company you are working for. There are a number of companies which work in single / multiple shifts.

What are the job prospects in Medical transcription?
Any Medical transcriptionist who is able to transcribe with a consistent accuracy of minimum 90 % and a good speed has got a good future in MT.

What kind of growth does Medical transcription industry offer?
Presently in the US the demand for Medical transcription is increasing at the rate of 20%. It does offer both professional and monetary growth to an Medical transcription. A trained medical transcriptionist has various options depending on the performance, like, Team Leaders / Group Leaders / Account Managers / editor/ Proofreaders / Trainers.

Is the speech recognition software available in the market a threat to Medical transcription business?
No, it is certainly not a threat as it cannot do all that an MT can. There are a lot of limitations in it. Though it has been in the market for quiet some time, it has never been found to be of major help in Medical Transcription. It may be used by MT companies as an additional tool for increasing productivity of MTs.

Can I do transcription from home?
Yes, it is possible. A number of offers are available on the internet for home transcription. With adequate training in MT and technical requirements available, one can do home transcription. In India, this trend is yet to catch on.

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