|What are Medical Transcription (MT) Services about?
Medical Transcription (MT) Services involve transcribing reports dictated by physicians to create health records. These reports include patient histories, physical examination findings, consultation notes, operative reports, diagnostic results, discharge summaries and progress reports, among others.
Medical transcriptionists are now considered a vital member of the healthcare team because medical transcription has come to play a crucial role in efficient and effective health care delivery through the proper documentation of health service provision and the standardized record-keeping of patient health information.
What is a Medical Transcriptionist?
According to the American Association for Medical Transcription, a medical transcriptionist interprets oral dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals and records the content in a written form (either print or electronic), while editing simultaneously to produce a grammatically correct document.
A Medical Transcriptionist (MT) providing MT Services must have:
Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, signs and symptoms, medications and laboratory values
Excellent and proven skills in English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, style, editing and proofreading
Excellent listening and typing skills
Knowledge of medical transcription guidelines and practices
Ability to operate word processing equipment, dictation and transcription equipment and relevant computer software
Ability to understand and apply relevant legal concepts
While most of the above can be learned from a training program or course, there are other attributes that an ideal MT should possess, such as the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines within time constraints and the ability to sustain a high level of concentration for long periods. A good MT should also be meticulous, thorough, and trustworthy.