Our Medical Transcription: A Real Work-from-Home Career Webinar features our instructor Audrey Kirchner discussing the ends and outs of the Medical Transcription Career field and current employment trends. Audrey is our award-winning Medical Transcription Instructor, receiving the Educator of the Year Award as well as the Excellence in Credentialing at AHDI’s Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference in 2014.
A lot of telephone poles around the country and advertisements on the internet advertise every day that you can make easy money at home and the question that is always in my mind is “Is it real?” Well, I am here to tell you that Medical Transcription is a real possibility. It’s not a pie in the sky type of career. It’s not a hoax. You can actually work at home and be very successful and make money doing medical transcription. So let’s examine how we can do that. And what the steps are or the requirements are for that type of career.
What is Medical Transcription?
For those of you who don’t know, it is a type of job where you document what someone is dictating basically or that’s how it has always evolved. The field is changing today because of the advent of speech recognition. But the bottom line is, you are documenting what a provider says about a patient and put it in clearer terms.
– Skills You Will Need
- Knowledge of Medical Terminology
- Strength in English
- Computer Skills
- Attention to Detail
- Research Skills
– What will you do?
- Type Medical Reports from audio
- Edit Medical Reports
- Translate Abbreviations
- Flag Discrepancies
- Perform Quality Audits
– Where Will You Work
- Physician Offices
- Transcription Services
What is the future of Medical Transcription?
– Need for Qualified Medical Transcriptionists & Importance of Narrative
The basic term that we use nowadays, even in electronic health records and with speech recognition, is the narrative. Even with EHR, experts are finding that they can plug in templates, but without the narrative and the personal touch that the provider gives while dictating specifically your health story, key details are lost. The ability for Medical Transcriptionists to catch the nuances makes them all the more important. And I think in just that realm alone, it’s going to generate a lot more jobs and a lot longer hours because now they have to go backwards instead of forwards.
– Projected Growth Rate: 8-10%
The predicted standard is 8-10% for projected job increase over the next decade. I think that might be a little low because it is creating quite a bit of havoc with all these critical errors created by speech recognition. They have the wrong allergy listed in your chart. I’m sure all of us even without medical experience can realize how incredibly dangerous that is. So they need more reviewers. They need more people who have their eyes on these records that know what they are doing, that can pick out these errors for them.
– Average Salary: $34,000
This is for somebody with experience and who can type and do very well at their job. However, even the starting salaries are very good and they are quoted at $10-$16 an hour for someone who has some experience coming out of an internship.
- Study Online
- Transferable Skills
What Meditec Offers
- Medical Transcription
- Medical Transcription Plus – includes Medical Terminology & Internship Possibility
- Medical Office Management with Medical Transcription
- Medical Transcription with Billing & Coding
- Medical Transcription with Coding
– Student Support Services
- Real-Life Qualified Instructor – Audrey Kirchner
- In-House Technical Support
- Online Study Group Access
- Career Services
– Internship Opportunities
- Gain experience at participating services all over the country
- 20 hours per week for 2-4 months
- CAN work overseas
Q & A
What is the cost for the course?
The cost of the course is dependent on which particular program and combination of programs you choose, so I highly suggest you speak with an admissions advisor to find the full details. But all of our programs are under $4000.
Do I see a particular age group starting this type of career?
Actually, I have been noticing that the demographic is maybe people in their 20s and 30s, but that being said, I’ve had other people actually start at 40s and 50s. So it’s kind of up to you. What you see yourself doing in the future and what your capabilities are, what your strong points are, and if you are a very organized person, if you are very medically-oriented, and you also have fairly good typing skills, I don’t think it matters how old you are.