Medical Transcribers: Reporting your health

While demand for Medical Transcribers, or Transcriptionists, is decreasing across the U.S., Texas’s available positions are tipped to rise by 14 percent by 2024. This is great news in Dallas Fort Worth where wages for these positions are the second highest in the country.

Just like Health Information, Medical Billing, and Coding Specialists, Medical Transcription is either a specialized career or an additional skill to strengthen your medical administration arsenal.

hc-spot-transcribe-aMedical Transcribers take the notes or recordings of physicians and turn them into official medical documents, such as referrals and diagnostic reports. This requires a fast and accurate typing speed, along with a thorough understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.

Medical Coding and Transcription are an excellent skills combination as you may need to use match medical codes to the procedures and diagnosis from the doctors to update documents and electronic health records. According to Payscale, being familiar with medical codes is essential for these roles.

Medical Transcriptionists can work in a variety of settings, physicians, allied healthcare, hospitals, diagnostics, and imaging. One in 10 transcriptionists are self-employed, and many of those who are employees are also afforded the flexibility to work from home.

Speech recognition software is increasingly being used for transcription purposes, but even these require a trained professional to read over and edit the documents to ensure accuracy and correct formatting.

To take on this role, you have to be willing to spend extended periods sitting down at a computer. You’ll also need to concentrate to decipher recordings, so you won’t have the opportunity to regularly interact with others if you are a dedicated transcriptionist. This means you will work independently and be self-motivated, especially if you choose to work remotely.

Superior attention to detail is essential as your ability to ensure accuracy, adhere to guidelines, and provide the highest standard in your work where a simple clerical error can have catastrophic consequences for someone’s health.  

Future looks bright for transcribers in Texas

While demand for Medical Transcriptionists in the U.S. is expected to drop by 3 percent in the next seven years, numbers in Texas are tipped to increase by 14 percent with 160 annual projected job openings. There are only 54,070 dedicated Medical Transcriptionists in the U.S.A. and 4,680 in Texas, as most work in combined roles as medical secretaries or health information specialists. While the Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division, has 710 people employed in these positions, they are the second highest paid in the country, with a pay rate that is 5 percent above the national average. In a survey of 171 Medical Transcriptionists, employees reported a 5/5 satisfaction rating in their jobs.

More than just typing

For those seeking to become a Medical Transcriber, of course, you will need to have a fast and accurate touch typing speed, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics recommends formal medical administration education that includes electronic health records management. To accurately transcribe notations and recordings from physicians and other health professionals you will also need knowledge in the following areas.

Medical Terminology

You need to have a thorough understanding of medical terminology including diagnostic procedures, treatments, and pharmacology. Understanding of common acronyms, abbreviations, and shorthand will also prove useful.

Anatomy & Physiology

To accurately transcribe from written and taped notes, you will need to have a thorough understanding of the human body, how it works, and the common illnesses or injuries that can occur. Not only do you need a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology to ensure the accuracy, but it’s also vital that you can spell these words correctly.

Electronic Records

After you create reports and letters for physicians, you will need to ensure the dispatch and filing are complete. This includes having a thorough understanding of how digital health records work and ensuring databases are always up to date.

hc-spot-transcribeComputers & Technology

In addition to the EHR systems you will be working with, you will also need experience with computers, software and word-processing tools such as Microsoft Word and the other Office Suite programs. You will be expected to problem solve minor IT issues and may need to learn how to use mechanical dictation equipment.

English Spelling & Grammar

While medical billers need to have a good grasp of mathematics, Medical Transcribers need to have an excellent grasp of written and spoken English. You will have to be able to listen carefully and quickly comprehend what different speakers are saying. It is up to the Transcriptionist to ensure the document is edited for correct spelling and grammar. You need to be able to correct inaccuracies and improve the language of the physician without detracting from their intended meaning.

Flexible job opportunities

One of the big benefits of transcription positions is the flexibility of work environment. According to the BLS, 1 in 10 medical transcribers are self-employed, and many employers offer work-from-home transcription jobs. Increased internet speeds and the ease of submitting copy is making this a desirable option for both employees and employers. Medical Transcribers can work in any health professional office, hospital or other healthcare providers.

Glassdoor currently 176 positions that require medical transcription experience, while Indeed has 43 positions advertised for Dallas Fort Worth. Just some of the job positions and keywords you should search for include:

  • Clinical Medical Transcriptionist
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Language Specialist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcriber
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Transcription Supervisor
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Radiology Transcriptionist
  • Transcriptionist
  • Healthcare Documentation Specialists
  • Medical Scribe

The Health Information program at CCI Training Center provides you with a solid foundation for medical transcriptionist roles, including medical terminology, computer fundamentals, anatomy, and physiology. The Health Information Specialist training will also prepare you for industry-accreditation exams including Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA), Billing & Coding Specialist Certification (CBCS) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS).

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