Medical Transcriptionist

What does a Medical Transcriptionist Do?

Many doctors, surgeons, physicians, lab technicians and other health care professionals record notes on patient care and diagnoses, rather than writing them by hand. These, often digital, recordings are then transcribed by medical transcriptionists. These professionals have an understanding of medical terminology and human anatomy and are able to accurately record the voice recordings of a health care professional. Often, a specialized form of medical shorthand is used, similar to that of a court reporter. This allows doctors and nurses access to each other's notes without the cumbersome process of writing everything down. A transcriptionist is trained to perform only this task, allowing health care professionals more time to focus on patient care. Most medical transcriptionists work from a home computer, downloading audio files and uploading documents as needed, although some work in a more traditional office setting. Total earnings vary, as many independent transcriptionists are paid on a contract basis or even on a per word basis. If you're looking for a flexible computer oriented career and want to help people, consider a career as a medical transcriptionist.

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