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Learn more about medical transcription certification.
Let’s start by exploring what exactly the job of a medical transcriptionist entails. To learn more, an interview was conducted with Lea Sims, CMT, AHDI-F, medical transcriptionist of 22 years and Director of Communications and Marketing for the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. This information was gathered through her due to her years of experience and expertise in this industry.
What is the history of medical transcription?Medical transcription is a field that has definitely evolved over time. There have been medical scribes for almost as long as there have been physicians. Before there were actual recording devices the medical transcriptionist would actually scrub up and sit in the corner of the operating room during the procedure with a notepad taking short hand while the physician dictated to them. Following the surgery, the medical scribe would then type in a typewriter from their shorthand notes.
It wasn’t until recording devices and tape systems were invented that a physician was able to finish his operating procedure and sit with a microphone to dictate into a tape, which a medical transcriptionist then listened to and transcribed. The invention of the word processing computer also was huge for the field of transcription. With typewriters, transcriptionists had only one line of memory to make corrections without having to use correction tape. Today physicians are able to transcribe into digital electronic devices or a phone and have the file sent directly to a transcriptionist. Transcriptionists are then able to transcribe and email or upload their documents into medical software so the doctor’s office or hospital receives the transcription back quickly. Now most medical facilities are moving toward paperless records where everything is kept in the computer.
Medical Transcriptionist Schools
- Medical Transcriptionist/Insurance Billing Specialist
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