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The Medical History of the patients and the Interactions of the doctors with their patients will be recorded in audio files for further and future reference. This will be done by the doctors themselves or their assistants.
Medical Transcription is a work of ‘transcribing’ or converting the audio data originating from doctors abroad into written form soft copy files. It will be more convenient to have the medical history of their patients in readable form.
In India, the Medical Transcription Jobs come under Information Technology Enabled Services/ ITES. It is similar to BPO job. India is a favorite country for Medical Trasnscription Outsourcing. In India Medical Transcription Jobs for the following countries are undertaken:-
- United States of America,
- The Great Britain and
In India, in the following cities the Medical Transcription Jobs are done and there are many companies/firms taking up the Medical Transcription Jobs:-
- Bangalore (Karnataka),
- Mangalore (Karnataka),
- Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
- Chennai- (Tamil Nadu),
- Cochin- (Kerala),
- Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala),
- Pune- (Maharastra),
- Nagpur (Maharastra),
- Kolkata- (West Bengal) and
- New Delhi.
There is a great demand for people for Medical Transcription in the companies in the above cities, and especially in cities like Bangalore and Mumbai.
For becoming a “Medical Transcriptionist” or “MT” training for a few months is necessary. The training for “MT” involves theory and on the job training (OJT).
A person after the training (Trainee) will have various stages of the job like:-
- Junior MT,
- Senior MT,
- Executive MT.
The Medical Transcription Job is basically a Job of typing work. However, an MT requires knowledge of Medical Terms. An MT will have to refer the following:-
- Medical books
- Electronic dictionaries like the Stedman’s, Quick look,
- English Dictionaries and
- Many available Medical Reference Books.
An MT will have to develop and use ‘listening skills’. Medical Transcriptionists are also called “Medical Language Specialists”. An MT will have to use many of the organs in the job like:-
- eyes for reading,
- ears for listening,
- fingers for typing,
- legs for foot pedal to control the voice player software of the computer.
The Medical Transcription work is done at various levels in sequence. The data from the audio files of the doctors are initially converted into written form by the Junior Level MT’s. The work done by the Junior MT’s will be checked and edited by Senior MT’s. and the edited data will be re-checked by Quality Controllers (QC)/Quality Analysts (QA). The QC’s/QA’s will normally qualified and experience doctor.The original job done by the Junior MT will be edited by the Senior MT/ Editor, by correcting the mistakes and filling up the omissions. The QA’s will re-check and complete the data, by correcting mistakes not corrected pending omissions, if any, which could not be corrected by the Editor. The work from the QA’s will be finally perused by “Proof Readers” who will check Grammar and Sentence Structuring. The entire process from receiving the audio files from doctors, distribution of the transcription jobs to MT’s at various levels and submission of the final completed transcribed data in written form to the doctors, are monitored by “Production Managers”. The Turn Around Time will be either a 12 hours cycle or a 24 hours cycle or a STAT cycle. The number of levels and the number of MT’s will vary from Company to Company depending on the nature of the jobs and the Client requirements and the quality of the MT’s.For doing the job of transcription of audio files of doctors into written files charges are collected from the concerned doctors by the MT Companies. The MT’s at various levels will be paid for their jobs. In India, MT’s can earn from Rs 1,000/- to Rs 50,000 depending upon the skill and accuracy of the output and completion of the work in the prescribed time limit. Indian Medical Transcription Professionals can earn more when they get Medical Transcription Jobs directly from the doctors abroad or from their representatives.