Medical Transcription is at the cutting edge of telecommunications technology, converting voice to electronic data, and transmitting that data back to a medical Centre or an information warehouse and therefore accelerating the rate of healthcare delivery to clients. In simpler terms, it is the act of translating from oral to written format (on paper or electronically) the record of a person’s medical history, prognosis, and outcome as dictated by a physician. This transcribed documentation is filed on a patient’s chart to outline any and all medical healthcare provided to that patient. A Medical Transcriptionist interprets oral dictation by physicians and other healthcare professionals and records the content in a printed form (either hardcopy or electronic), while editing simultaneously to produce a grammatically correct document. Medical Transcription may be carried out for any medical unit operating out of a hospital firm or small clinic. These transcribed records are used for the purposes of archiving, referring or serving as legal proof of medical advice. This invaluable service is used in fields such as psychology, oncology, dermatology, radiology, cardiology, neurology and endocrinology.
Persons interested in training to become a medical transcriptionist must have five Ordinary Level passes (including Mathematics and English) in Grades I and/or II. Basic computer literacy skills are required. Particularly, applicants must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word. Persons must possess a normal level of audiometric acuity i.e. keen listening skills, and must be able to type at least 45 words per minute.
The Medical Transcriptionist Programme, a GATE approved course of study, is an initiative of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) which is managed and administered by E-Teck. It is conducted by the Certified Medical Transcriptionist Unit (CMT) and is open to persons who are at least eighteen (18) years of age. The programme is housed at the Medical Data Caribbean Limited which is located at Frederick Settlement, Caroni, Trinidad.
Persons may call or fax them at: 1(868) 663-5665.
More information on Medical Transcription can be found on The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) website at www.ahdionline.org.