Speech recognition technology is changing the medical transcription field. This software takes the audio from doctors’ dictations and automatically converts it into a text document. There are those who have predicted that this software will replace medical transcriptionists. However, the reality is that speech recognition software cannot grasp the nuances of medical language enough to create accurate reports. In order to get the required level of accuracy, medical editors (a new specialized medical transcription role) have to review and edit the reports. (Learn more about the impact speech recognition is having on the medical transcription industry in The Future of Medical Transcription.)
With the growing number of healthcare facilities transitioning to speech recognition technology, there is a growing demand for medical transcriptionists with both traditional transcription skills and those necessary to fill the new medical editor roles. If you want to have a long term career in medical transcription, it is important to gain both of these skill sets. Finding the right training program is key to making you as competitive as possible in the job market after graduation.
There are a number of combination medical transcription courses. These programs teach you medical editing along with traditional medical transcription skills, describing the differences and allowing you to practice both skill sets. When looking for a training program, there are a number of signs that the program you’re considering will prepare you for medical editing as well as medical transcription:
Speech recognition is here to stay, and if you want a long-term medical transcription career, it is important that you prepare to work with these files right from the start. This preparation will make you more competitive and flexible in the job market.