Medical Transcriptionist Job Description
What Medical Transcriptionists Do
Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings created by physicians and other healthcare professionals and type it for the patient's medical file. So, for example, when someone comes in for a doctor visit, the physician will dictate into an audio device what happened during the visit. That audio file is then sent to a medical transcriptionist who listens to the file and then formats and types it for the patient's medical record.
Medical transcriptionists and medical transcription editors work sitting down at a computer wearing earphones or headphones to listen to doctor dictation. A foot-pedal is used to slow down, speed up, pause, and rewind dictation so that the hands never have to leave the keyboard. After the medical transcriptionist has completed transcribing, the typed report is then sent back to the medical office to be further processed for editing and coding and billing. You can learn more about medical coding and billing at medicalcoderinfo.com.
Medical transcriptionists and medical transcription editors work for physician offices, hospitals, or medical transcription service companies. Many medical transcriptionists and medical transcription editors work from home.
Medical transcription and editor jobs within the top 3 industries:
|Hospitals; state, local, and private||34%|
|Medical transcription service companies||21%|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition
Evolution of Medical Transcription
The job of the medical transcriptionist is currently evolving. While there are still plenty of medical transcriptionists who perform the standard job duties, there is an increasingly amount of medical transcriptionists who are becoming medical transcription editors.