If you have a good command over US English and a better understanding of this language as well as want to up grade your computer skill and knowledge, then a glorious career in Medical Transcription is just waiting for you.
This is one of the fastest growing fields in health care and Information Technology enabled services in India, with the rapid change in the outlook in Indian health care and privatization of the insurance sector.
Medical Transcription is the process of swiftly and accurately transcribing medical records such as case history, physical, operative, laboratory, X-ray and pathology reports, clinical office and consultation notes as well as discharge summaries, letter and psychiatric evaluation, any where in the world. It is the conversion from digitized voice in to text data for hospitals. Usually, the information dictated by doctors is recorded either into tape or on to digital voice processing system.
Medical Transcription as a profession dates back to world war II when doctors were busy attending causalities and needed assistance to write, maintain and update patient records. Due to health care as an important sector of the economy, today, this profession commands a place of respects world wide, specially in United States of America.
Being an MT, some special and specific qualities are required. To be a successful MT, one has to have a thirst for boundless knowledge. Every report acts as learning ground with information on new procedures, latest technologies, new drugs and therapies. An MT should add all these things to his knowledge-base. Beside it, medical terminology and basic knowledge of physiology, Anatomy (Human) as well as pharmacology is also must for one who want to adopt this profession. An MT should have accuracy in his English grammar because on the bottom of document, doctor signs with his name. If these are some grammatical short comings in the report then it will spoil the image of a doctor. An MT should have love for enriching vocabulary and good command over English language particularly American English grammar and punctuation.
In Medical Transcription process, there are four steps, first of all, listening to the dictation of patients recorded by doctors.
Secondly, creating a computerized record in a text format on a given software. After it checking the record for accuracy and formatting them and finally sending it back to the source point. These reports, are then used for the important purpose of maintaining archives, using for references, legal purposes and insurance claims processing.
6 months to 2 years diploma courses are available in various institutes in India and abroad. Admission process in private institutes begins twice or thrice a year. In universities it begins with each education session.
Fees begins from Rs.26,000/- for 6 month course to Rs.1,04,000/- for 2 year course and varies institute to institute depends upon the nationality and level of particular institute. A student, after completing 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English subject from a recognized Board or University, can get admission in these courses, conducted by various institutes dotted all over India and abroad.
In America, the demand for medical transcription services is stated to be growing by 20% every year but availability is only 8%. India have a lot of opportunities to fill this gap due to a huge pool of English speaking man power. The cost of qualified personal is also the lowest here as compare to its counterpart in entire world. Above all, as a Nature-gift, about 12-hour time zone difference between India and Western countries plays a significant role to available more chances to Indian brilliants. In present, India is the
number 1 destination for outsourcing this job, followed by Philippines. As per the present job scenario, there are about 300 MT units in India.
Transcription services range from small, one-person home-based businesses to sophisticated, high-tech corporations which employ medical transcriptionists. Some MT services now employ both, on-site and home-based MT.
In this profession there are lot of chances to go abroad also. In this industry, after experience of two years you can be a certified medical transcirptionist with starting salary of $4000 per month + some cents per line (It can be varied). To this post, placement is available only in USA. As a beginner MT can get salary of Rs.5000/- to 9000/- per month. Experience in the industry
assures you higher position of "Quality Analyst", "Proof reader, "Team leader", "Trainer", "Production manager" and "Editor" where salaries range from Rs.10,000/- to 25,000/- per month. There are also additional perks and performances incentives.