Work from home
Medical transcription has been emerging as one of the fastest growing industry. With the health care industry relying on insurance and medical records, the need for Medical Transcriptionists is ever increasing. It is well known that the Indian subcontinent is an ideal location for outsourcing companies because of its highly skilled manpower coupled with not so expensive labor costs. This makes India suitable for medical transcription industry.
The process involved in medical transcription is that the transcriptionist should transcribe the records or documents dictated by doctors and other paramedical staff, which are either in tape or digital voice processing systems, into written documents. Records or documents could be in the form of reports, notes, discharge summaries, psychiatric evaluations, letters, etc.
Medical career as a career is apt for those preferring to work from home, as many service providers now offer home-based transcription.
Those willing to pursue a career in medical transcription must be a graduate and must have undergone a formal training in medical transcription.
Aspirants must be fluent in the US English so that they can comprehend the American accent. Other than that, for a career in medical transcription, it is sufficient if one possess basic computer skills, good hearing, communication skills and familiarity with medical terms.
Ability to keep track with the medical terms and procedures is definitely a plus as it helps in fixing errors particularly spelling and grammar. As it a very monotonous job it is only ideal for those who enough patience.
Jobs and careers:
Most companies prefer to train their employees before giving them fulltime employment as this job involves some special skills that need to be honed with training. Many companies also offer freelance opportunities. Those willing to venture out can find employment in hospitals, insurance companies, transcription services, publications, advocate’s office, pharmaceutical companies etc.
Medical transcriptionist transcribes patient-identifying information, checks for grammatical and spelling errors, does quality checks, among other things.