Working as a medical transcriptionist requires the ability to transcribe audio that has been recorded by medical professionals to create official documentation of patient consultations, discharge summaries or patient histories. In addition to transcribing audio material and paperwork, medical transcriptionists are also required to review and formally input dictation into documents for filing purposes. Medical transcriptionists also identify any errors made by physicians within paperwork or patient documents and give this information to the medical professional. Understanding medical terms and jargon along with standard abbreviations for medicine, illnesses and diagnoses is essential when working as a medical transcriptionist. It is also important to be efficient at typing quickly and accurately to ensure records are properly documented. Some transcriptionists will use speech-to-text programs. Regardless of the transcription method, having strong proofreading skills and checking one's own work for potential errors and typos is essential.
Documenting medical reports, statistics and patient information can also be done when working as a medical transcriptionist. Many medical transcriptionists can work from home or in an individual doctor's office or a local hospital. A medical transcriptionist may work part-time as needed or full-time depending on the company's needs.
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.