A freelance medical transcriptionist converts reports that have been made by doctors and other medical providers into written documents. These transcriptions will sometimes be turned into reports and summaries that will aid in such things as documenting patient medical history. The transcriptionist may also enter data into databases.
All patient information should be handled in a confidential manner, in order to be in line with patient confidentiality laws. It is important to have knowledge of medical terms and medical coding, such as ICD-9 and CPT. An ability to type quickly is required, usually at least 60 words per minute. Proficiency with dictation software and equipment is also important.
Since this job is done on a freelance basis, the pay is per job. It may be helpful to have taken a medical transcription course. The job usually has flexible hours. Since this job is done independently, it is important to be self-motivated and to be able to meet deadlines. Research skills are important, as the transcriptionist may have to carry out searches to gain a better understanding of terminology. Attention to detail is important, and it is essential to double-check work to ensure accuracy, which requires a great deal of patience. Since this job requires hours of working at a computer, it is possible to experience problems such as eye strain, wrist pain, neck pain, and back pain. Some jobs require that the transcriptionist hold a bachelor’s degree in a health or a science-related field.
Freelance Medical Transcriptionist Tasks
Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms.
Transcribe, review and input dictation for a variety of medical reports such as patient histories, consultation, or discharge summaries.
Identify and return any record errors to physician for correction.
Produce medical reports, records, statistics, and administrative material.