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Medical Transcriptionists

Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.
    • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
    • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
    • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
    • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
    • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
    • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
    • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
    • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
    • Set up and maintain medical files and databases, including records such as x-ray, lab, and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries, and clinical resumes.
    • Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks, such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing, or operating office machines.
    • Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.
    • Decide which information should be included or excluded in reports.
    • Receive and screen telephone calls and visitors.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Writing

      Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Speech Recognition

      The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38320/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,820
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Laser printers
    • Laser fax machine
    • Franking or postage machines
    • Dictation machines
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Voice recognition software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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