What is Medical Transcription (MT)?

What is Medical Transcription (MT)?

What is Medical Transcription? Also known as “MT”, medical transcription deals with the transcription or conversion of voice-recorded reports or notes dictated by doctors or other medical professionals into electronic text format.

Over the years, the medical transcription service has altered with the changing technological landscape. Originating in 1975, the process has moved chronologically from manual typewriters to electric typewriters to word processors to computers and from plastic disks and magnetic belts to cassettes with endless loops and now to digital recordings.

Before medical transcription services were offered to the healthcare industry, professionals would briefly jot down handwritten notes on each patient to be placed in his or her file. Although many hospitals and practices still maintain physical notes, there has been a growing demand for electronic medical files. This digital format permits immediate, remote, and convenient access for medical professionals to patient files.

After initial examination of a patient, the doctor compiles all notes and proceeds to use an audio recording device to dictate the evaluation. This is the most convenient and quickest way for a doctor to organize his or her thoughts in a sort of ‘stream-of-consciousness.’ The pertinent up-to-date, confidential patient information is uploaded to a system where the medical transcriptionists then converts the audio to text in a clean, crisp, and professional document. The electronic file is digitally stored, while there is always the option to print a hardcopy to be filed. The digital capabilities have cut an incredible amount of tedious work in record storage and maintenance, especially in a hospital setting.

“Medical transcription encompasses the MT, performing document typing and formatting functions according to an established criteria or format, transcribing the spoken word of the patient’s care information into a written, easily readable form. MT requires correct spelling of all terms and words, (occasionally) correcting medical terminology or dictation errors. MTs also edit the transcribed documents, print or return the completed documents in a timely fashion. All transcription reports must comply with medico-legal concerns, policies and procedures, and laws under patient confidentiality.”

Medical transcription is a profession that requires immense skill. You must, at least, be equipped with the following:

  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • Above-average spelling, grammar, communication and memory skills
  • Ability to sort, check, count, and verify numbers with accuracy
  • Skill in the use and operation of basic office equipment/computer; eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Records maintenance skills or ability
  • Superb typing skills


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