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Medical Transcriptionists - 31-9094.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Clinical Medical Transcriptionist
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Language Specialist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Transcriber
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Transcription Supervisor
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Radiology Transcriptionist
  • Transcriptionist

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Tasks

  • Answer inquiries concerning the progress of medical cases, within the limits of confidentiality laws.
  • Decide which information should be included or excluded in reports.
  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
  • Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks, such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing, and operating office machines.
  • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
  • Receive and screen telephone calls and visitors.
  • Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
  • Set up and maintain medical files and databases, including records such as x-ray, lab, and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries, and clinical resumes.
  • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.
  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Maintain medical records.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical Transcriptionist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Transcribing-Machine Operator