Thinking of Medical
Transcription as a Career Option???
Read the FAQs below to learn more about Medical
Transcription and its future, earning capabilities,
growth opportunities, etc.
is medical transcription?
transcription is the process where a
Medical Transcriptionist accurately
and swiftly transcribes medical records
dictated by physicians.
I require any special skills to take
up Medical Transcription as a profession?
don’t require any special skills
to start off in this profession. However,
you need to undergo Medical Transcription
training to learn the basic Anatomy
and Physiology of the Human Body, medical
terminology, pharmacology (drug names
along with doses and dosages), etc.
During MT training, certain skills such
as the comprehension of American Accent
coupled with good listening skills,
computer skills, etc, are also improved.
does a medical transcriptionist do?
Transcriptionists (MTs) are specialists
in medical language and healthcare documentation.
Physicians and other providers dictate
care using transcription software such
as eScription. eScription will create
a draft document using intelligent speech
recognition. The MT reviews the draft
document while he/she listens to the
spoken word by the physician. The MT
makes any appropriate correction. Once
the document is completely reviewed
and edited, the document is send back
to the hospital for further handling.
working options does a Medical Transcriptionist
Transcriptionists (MTs) are employed
by primarily by private medical transcription
companies. There are plenty of opportunities
for a trained and experienced MT. You
can choose to work full-time, part-time,
or in a flexible work schedule in different
medical transcription companies.
There are many MTs who work from
home as well either as an Independent
Transcription Professional (ITP) for
companies nearby or distant or home-based
employees, where you get paid similar
anything other employee working from
an office with salary, PF, ESI, etc,
is the earning potential in Medical
potential to earn in Medical Transcription
is limitless. The Base Salary usually
starts from Rs. 8,000 per month. However,
most of the MT Companies provide a base
salary and incentives. While the Base
Salary is fixed, the incentives vary
according to your output. It is estimated,
on an average, an MT with 2 years of
experience earns a salary in the range
of Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 25,000/- (including
incentives) on an average.
are the growth options in Medical Transcription?
MT with sufficient experience can grow
to various levels, i.e., Proofer, Super
Proofer, Editor, QA, Team Managers,
etc. Roles and responsibilities of a
MT designation vary from company to
can I start working from home after
my MT training?
need to work from an office setup for
at least 1 year after your MT Training
before you can take up work from home.
is the future of Medical Transcription?
Transcription has come a long way from
manually hand-writing the reports by
the doctor’s assistant to typing
on a typewriter, to using word processors
in 1970s to the present day use of computers.
Current legislation and payor policies
drive further improvements in documentation
in the healthcare industry. Along with
advancement of technology, Medical Transcription
has also advanced in leaps and bounds.
Of late, Speech Recognition Technology
is being used to convert dictated text
into draft documents which after editing
by MTs turn into medical reports. The
future of Medical Transcription, as
of today, is in use of Speech Recognition
Technology. With the advent of this
technology, manual typing has been eliminated.
The Recognition percentage in most of
the leading speech recognition software
products is around 80% to 85%. This
eliminates the need to manually type
the medical reports and one can start
off his/her career in Medical Transcription
as a Proofer or Senior Proofer or Editor,
etc., which again varies from company
And remember, a qualified and experienced
Medical Transcriptionist is always in