Medical transcription involves listening to an audio file of a doctor’s notes from a patient encounter and then converting that file to a written report. But the profession has evolved over the last few years due to voice recognition technology. With voice recognition (VR) software, the doctor’s dictated reports are automatically turned into text by the software. But instead of causing job loss in the MT industry, VR software has only changed the way a transcriptionist does their job.

Many MTs in the industry now act as editors/quality assurance. A transcriptionist will review draft reports prepared automatically by the voice recognition software and look for accuracy and consistency on the report.

Other MT job responsibilities include:

  • Translating abbreviations into full forms
  • Identifying and correcting spelling and grammatical errors on medical reports
  • Performing edits and quality improvement audits on medical reports
  • Converting completed patient reports into standardized formats