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Medical transcription, also known as MT, is an allied health profession which deals in the process of transcribing or converting recorded dictations by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals regarding patient medical record to a written text.



Medical transcription, also known as MT, is an allied health profession which deals in the process of transcribing or converting recorded dictations by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals regarding patient medical record to a written text. This written text may be stored as printed and/or electronic data. The electronic storage of medical records are the preferred means of most medical professionals in order to document patient care and facilitate healthcare delivery regardless of geographical distance. Medical transcription establishes document format, data entry, corrects spelling and medical terminology errors, transcribe/edit documents, and complies with medical-legal policies and procedures.

The medical transcription is also used as the name of the document (electronic or physical) that results from the medical transcription process, normally in reference to a healthcare professional's record of the medical encounter with a patient. It is referred to by some as a "medical record." A transcribed record can also be merged into a larger document, again called a medical record, which contains additional information from the patient encounter.

Current forms of medical transcription involve digital voice files and speech recognition. Today, medical transcription is the primary mechanism a physician communicates with another physician about the state and treatment of a patient. In more recent time, it is required to be used as justification for a medical bill or application for worker's compensation benefits.


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