In Western countries, especially in the US, the
healthcare industry is based on insurance. Statutory laws make it necessary for doctors to
extensively document their medical document. This process can consume up to 50% of a
doctor's time. Now, medical transcriptionists based in India can provide a solution.
Sample reports include: Physical reports, Patient history, Laboratory reports &
operative reports, discharge summaries, letters, psychiatric evaluations, consultation
notes, office notes, X-ray reports.
Voice recordings of doctor's reports
are sent to India in a compressed form over data communication lines and decompressed at
the Indian end. Medical transcriptionists listen to the voice recordings on special
playback equipment that enables precise control, and key in the data on Word
Processors(Like MS-Word). The data is Organized, Formatted, Proofread for errors and sent
back to the doctor or hospital using data communication links.
Medical transcription is billions industry in
the USA so MT an excellent business opportunity for India.
Advantages of medical transcription
||India's enormous pool of
||The 12-hour time
difference between India and the US makes for faster turnaround
||A fresh medical
transcriptionist in India earns Rs 5,000 per month, climbing to Rs12,000-22,000 with a few
||Training: MTs require
excellent word processing skills in addition to familiarity with drug names, spellings,
medical terminology; medical procedures and protocols; etc. Word processing (MS-Word) goes
beyond typing and allows complex manipulation of text once it has been entered. MTs need
to be adept at using a word-processor (MS-Word) and macros (If you perform a task
repeatedly in Word, you can automate the task using a macro. A macro is a series of Word
commands and instructions that you group together as a single command to accomplish a task
automatically) to perform transcription quickly, accurately and more efficiently.
||People: At present there
is a dearth of experienced transcriptionists. According to reliable sources, the present
requirement of transcriptionists in Bangalore alone is over 10,000.
||Mistakes in transcription
could result in multi-million dollar lawsuits.
||Indians are familiar with
British spellings and accents, and need to learn American spellings and accents.
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