Many people dream of an at-home career. No commute or rush hour traffic, no office politics, no daycare expenses. A medical transcription career can turn the dream into a reality. However, if you prefer to work in the office, away from the distractions that can be present at home, medical transcription may still be the career for you. The medical transcription field includes opportunities to work at home or on site.
Medical transcriptionists type up the doctors’ notes that make up patient medical records. Some hospitals and doctors’ offices prefer to have their own medical transcriptionists on site who take care of creating these records; however, most facilities have moved to outsourcing their medical transcription work.
Most medical transcription work is now contracted out to specialty companies called medical transcription service organizations, or MTSOs. These MTSOs may have clients nationwide or in a local area; they may specialize in one type of medical transcription (such as cardiology or radiology) or have all different kinds of accounts. However, most of these organizations hire their medical transcriptionists to work remotely from home.
The internet and modern technology have made this opportunity to work at home a reality. Companies can hire employees to work from home, and then those medical transcriptionists can access the audio files and upload the typed reports via a secure internet connection. With modern technology, it takes no longer for a medical transcriptionist working at home to get the audio files she needs than for a medical transcriptionist who works on site at the healthcare facility.
An important consideration when considering an at-home medical transcription career is your education. MTSOs that hire employees to work from home want to make sure their new employees will be able to perform the work required without the immediate support system that a traditional office environment provides. For this reason, many employers require 2 years of experience before they will consider applicants for at-home positions. However, if you’ve trained with a trusted school, you may be able to skip past those experience requirements. A school’s reputation among employers is a very important consideration when you’re choosing a medical transcription school (click to see more tips on what to look for).