(Closed) Medical Transcription?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@soyjoy222: My old boss’s friend does this, but I’m not really sure how it works. My understanding is that she picks up the tapes, takes them home and transcribes them,and then takes the tapes back.

I dont actually know someone who does this

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t know anyone that does this, but I am a nurse and use to work in a clinic. After you see the doctor they record a note from your visit. The transcriptionist long into the recording program and type the notes up. I think a lot of the training has to do with learning the medical terms so the notes are accurate. Most of them do it at home.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have some family and some friends’ parents whose friends are in that field and your right, you can definately work at home to some degree depending on where you go.

The only thing I will say is that everyone has been trying to jump on that bandwagon, so I think it may be hard to find work or perhaps not the stay at home job you want.

I would check out the jobs available in your area and see what they are asking for ( certifications, experience, etc)

If you can get into it , it can be good. If your good and fast you can make money . Just hopefully you don’t find it overly boring!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would be very wary of any job that promises money when you work from home. Years ago, I was desperate and tried this and you had to literally work thousands of hours before seeing any money.

I transcribed for psychiatrists, however, and it was great work. Especially if you love typing and like a juicy story 😉

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@soyjoy222: From what I have heard, it was great when they had children. They just made a nice little office space for themselves and put their time in. I have an aunt who works in a hospital doing it, and she loves it. Its steady and predictable. she sets a pace, there some room for advancement.

I thought about getting into to to supplement my Stay at home Wife desires lol

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Just_Squeeze: yes! Def. avoid all the “work from home” ads usually involving multi level marketing schemes.

Get a degree or certification in something that you can possibly do from home ( IT, telecommunications, accounting/books, medical transcription, tutoring)

I’m also interested in pet/farm sitting and dog walking. I have tons of older and frequent traveler people in my area constantly needing help. I like the idea of doing my own thang..

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not sure about where you are, but around where I live you have to have 2-3 years of experience to work from home.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I do medical transcription along with other things at my current job. To be honest it’s BORING LOL somedays I almost fall asleep transcribing. It’s not too tough, but then again I do it at the office along with other duties. The main part is making sure you can FULLY understand what words the doctor is using. This is sometimes harder than you think. But over all it isn’t too bad, I’m not sure I could do it all day everyday though.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Before nursing school I worked in medical records so had to work closely with some transcriptionists. However, I will say now in my area this profession has kind of almost depleted bc many are using computer charting and not voice recording/transcription. As a nurse I’ve worked in a doctors office, hospital and rehab center and I’ve only seem transcribed reports rarely. When I did see them it was for hospital consults and history and physicals. I’d caution this be a long standing career as all medical fields will be computerized in the future.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have done transcribing previously – and be warned, it is VERY difficult to do all day, every day.  For a couple of hours in the evening? yes, no problem.  But you will have days when even just the thought makes you want to burst into tears.  I used to transcribe at my workplace, I can’t remember the name of the software I used at the moment but it wasn’t difficult once you get going with it.

I have also looked into do it at home to make some extra money in the evenings but at the moment there aren’t any transcribing jobs available where I live – but I think you will need to install software on your computer in order to download the audio files.  So you may need a certain spec of computer and you will probably have to pay for the software yourself which could be expensive, I’m not sure.

To start with, I think you should do some online typing tests for speed and accuracy and see how you score – you can find these for free by looking on google. If you are fast and accurate then it could be a great (but somewhat dull!) way to make money 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used to do medical transcription work in the summers and the job definitely isn’t for everyone.  You have to almost enjoy repetition/tediousness and you have to be a real stickler for accuracy and spelling (including learning terminology and appropriate usage).  You also have to be willing to sit and type for several hours a day which can take a toll on your physical and mental well being (wrist and back problems as well as eye strain, etc.). Although I was able to work from home, the job wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be due to these strains.

Also, as mentioned above, it is my understanding that transcription is being phased out because it can be bypassed with technology.  I think unless you can pretty much find several jobs in your area that are available I would be hesitant to invest in this possibly dying field.  That being said, my mom still does transcription work and she is ridiculously good at it.  She lives in a small town and she could probably make bank doing all the transcription for the clinics in the town if she transcribed exclusively.

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