Within one year, medical transcription as a career has suddenly shot into the limelight. While many talk about it, few really seem to know what it entails, and what the prospects are in this area.
This is what it’s all about. Doctors in USA dictate into audio tapes the case histories of their patients. These tapes are sent to India where the Medical Transcriptionist (MT) hears the tapes and keys the data into a computer. The data files are then sent back to the US to maintain records, and for follow up.
While at a glance this may look like a typist’s or data entry operator’s job, it involves more than that. The MT has to be a responsible person who understands medical terminology and can correctly transcribe the data, as human lives may depend on it.
Presently, most of the transcription work comes from USA, but it is likely to spread to other countries soon, including India. Thus the work is likely to grow at a very fast pace, and those entering the field now will be the pioneers.
ENTRY: Firms taking up medical transcription work either take in trainees or employ trained MTs. Lately, a few private schools have come up which provide training to become an MT. This is the first step to enter the field. Admission is given generally to science graduates, but those who have completed their 10+2 are also considered if they have a good understanding of English.
At present, entry in this field is only at the lowest level, though one can specialise in a particular area of medicine such as radiology, surgery etc., so as to be in greater demand. The starting salary is usually around Rs 5,000 per month. There is opportunity for freelance or part-time work also.
APTITUDE: To make a good MT, one should have a science (particularly biology) background, ability to type quickly on a computer keyboard, an ability to pick up medical terminology, good audio skills (be able to listen and grasp well, particularly English spoken with a foreign accent), creative thinking and a good understanding of English (though speaking is not required). The ability to work on the computer for long hours will stand you in good stead.
THE FUTURE: After roughly two years’ experience, an MT can apply for certification as a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) and later as a Medical Language Specialists (MLS). These levels bring in higher remuneration. Capable candidates can move on to become supervisors, editors, trainers of MTs, and managers of the MT units. There are opportunities to go abroad also, and many other countries are likely to offer similar work in India due to our comparatively cheaper workforce.As mentioned earlier, this is a very new field, but with tremendous opportunities for enterprising persons to open up newer avenues. A youngster who started as an MT two years ago, and is now setting up her own training establishment, says proudly, ”I am happy that I did not trod the beaten path of doing a computer diploma. I feel proud that I am a pioneer in a new field, which is supplementing the medical profession.”
Chouhan Electronic Infomatics Pvt. Ltd.
319/3, 80ft. Road, 8th Block
Phone: 91 5713584
Prime Transcription Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
90, 8th Main, 2nd Cross
J.P. Nagar, 3rd Phase, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 6652183
Vishnu Techsoft Pvt. Ltd.
306/55, 2nd Main, 40th Cross
8th Block, Jaynagar, Bangalore
Phone: 91 98450 07418
Webstar Institute of M T
277/2B, Shaija Complex
1st Main Road, Chamarajpet
Bangalore – 18, Karnataka, India
Phone: 98440 27659
Scribe Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
204, Kumarakrupa Road
Bangalore – 10, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 2281073, 2265813
Nikan Teletrak Pvt. Ltd.
S T Town, Kacharakanahalli
Bangalore – 84, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 89 5470656
204, Cha Che Towers, 50
Residency Road, 2nd Floor
Bangalore – 560025, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 2271212, 3333333
Novatech Institute of Teleworking
98, 3rd floor, Ibrahim’s Residency
Residency Road, Bangalore – 25
Phone: 91 2232897
Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy
Dhanvantari Road, Bangalore – 560009
Phone: 91 80 2283254
Indo-American Medical Transcription
Phone: 91 5531751
Innovative Pixel Fiesta Pvt. Ltd.690/K, 14th Main, J P Nagar
2nd Phase, Bangalore – 78
Phone: 9845044091, 9844092024
Global Institute of teleworking
17/18, Gem Plaza, 66
Infanty Road, Bangalore – 56000
Phone: 91 80 5581207, 5592080
Goodwill School of M T
202, Pan Asia Business Services
Tiffany’s Annex, Vittal Mlya Road
Bangalore – 1, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 2275524
Digimetrix Technologies Pvt Ltd,
Belekanahalli Po., Bannerghatta Road
Bangalore – 76
Phone: 91 80 6554622
6/1, 3rd Cross, BEML Main Road
New Tippasandra, HAL III stage
Bangalore – 560075, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 5285477
Beta School of Medical Transcription
50/10, Cunningham Road
Bangalore – 560052
Phone: 91 80 2281155 / 2281793
Akson Insititute of Medical Transcription
2/3, L R Complex, Bellary Road
Bangalore – 24, Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 3432310