1. Do you know???? – The First Transcription
2. History of Medical Transcrition
3. Attributes of the Medical Transcritptionist


1. Do you know???? – The First Transcription


History of Medical Transcription

Well, as somebody has so rightly said ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ and its apt usage can be applied for this process too. Over the years, there has been always a constant need and requirement to have a properly documented data of each and every individual’s health records over his lifetime. This necessarily requires an efficient work management system along with detailed and yet organized documented proof of each and every hospital visit during an individual’s lifetime. Consequent to this, the Flexner report on medical education (1910) was the first formal statement made about the function and contents of the medical record, which encouraged physicians to keep a patient oriented medical record. In the 1960’s, hospital information systems (HIS) emerged, which helped physicians keep accurate patient health data. Similarly, Problem oriented medical records (POMR), made in 1969 by Larry Weed focused on the organization of all diagnostic and therapeutic plans keeping in mind the medical problems. Thus, started the need for maintaining accurate and organized medical data and with that the need for medical transcriptionists paving the way for a new emerging business of medical transcription . There are no doubts with regard to the benefits this process has brought to the whole medical fraternity and general public as a whole.



Attributable duties of the Medical Transcriptionist:

  1. Responsible to transcribe the records, written material such as summaries of patients’ discharge, history of patients, patients report, letters and notes etc.
  2. Responsible for the interview, hiring and training of new transciptionists and also guide them for related work.
  3. Verifies the data of the patients and the transcription.
  4. Analyzes the productivity of department and collects the data for the same.
  5. Maintenance of the dictations and transcriptions record, medical procedures.
  6. To maintain the standards of department procedures, policies, objectives, quality improvement and safety etc.
  7. Deals with the enquiries and problems regarding the medical information.
  8. Ensures that the requirements are followed and obtained the proper consent.
  9. Keeps the record of the transcription and dictations which are missing or late.
  10. Responsible for the distribution and collection of the dictations and transcription reports.
  11. To maintain the records and charts like sorting, preparation, copying etc.
  12. Editing the records and files.
  13. Ensures the quality and performance by keeping an eye on the department's activity.
  14. To maintain the records of the patients by verifying their names, addresses, identifications, etc.






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