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What is Medical Transcription?

By Laura Slade on Jun 25, 2019 9:14:09 AM

Medical Transcription Defined

(also known as MT) is defined as the manual processing of voice reports dictated by physicians and other healthcare professionals into text format. Despite its relatively straightforward definition, there are a number of pervasive myths that exist about the industry and the hardworking people in it.

5 common myths about medical transcription—and the real facts.

Myth #1) Medical transcription is easy—anyone can do it.

While it’s certainly true that medical transcriptionists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, it’s hardly a profession that one just falls into. Good ears are a must for anyone wishing to get involved in medical transcription, as they may find themselves having to transcribe the voice files of people who speak very rapidly, have thick accents, or even having to transcribe multiple voices at once.

Myth #2) Medical transcriptionists must be rapid-fire typists.

While typing quickly is far from a bad thing, it’s accuracy that should be the main goal of a transcriptionist, not speed. Completed work should be carefully proofread and edited to ensure it is an accurate report of what the medical professional has dictated. Therefore, a medical transcriptionist should have good grammar, sharp listening skills, and language proficiency to go with their quick-moving fingers.

Myth #3) Speech recognition software will eventually replace humans in this role.

False! While speech recognition tools can be a great asset to transcriptionists, they lack a number of qualities that humans have in abundance. These include:

  • Proofreading and editing

  • Filtering out extraneous words

  • Understanding a wide variety of accents

Myth #4) Medical transcription requires little to no training.

Like all other professions found in hospitals and medical practices, medical transcriptionists have to be properly trained due to their role in a patient’s continued care. Without training from a formal, accredited, recognized school, it’s unlikely that a potential hire would even be considered.

Myth #5) Medical transcriptionists can attend to family obligations and work at the same time.

While many medical transcription-positions can be done from home, that doesn’t mean they should be simultaneously juggled with caring for one’s children. MT work often requires single-minded attention to detail and concentration—something that might prove difficult with an energetic toddler or teething infant in the same room.

Despite the industry shift towards EHR-based software and speech recognition tools, medical transcription remains a vital part of tracking patient healthcare records. If you'd like to find out more about Medical Scribe and Transcription services and how they can introduce renewed efficiencies and productivity to your practice.

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Laura Slade

Written by Laura Slade