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Medical transcription is not something, which has been in business off late. The history of medical transcriber dates back since the time when the doctors first took the Hippocratic Oath.



Medical transcription is not something, which has been in business off late. The history of medical transcriber dates back since the time when the doctors first took the Hippocratic Oath. If you happen to refer the history you will find that ancient cave writings provides information of all the medical treatments performed thousands of years back by our ancestors. Initially transcriptions were for different reasons however today medical transcribers have moved a step forward and are now considered as a full time profession all over the world.

In simple words, medical transcriber, transcribes or notes down all the dictated matter via phone or electronically recorded messages by doctors or health care professionals. The matter dictated by the doctors and other professionals are piled by medical transcriber in text format for future reference of the reader.

Medical transcription was officially recognized as a profession in the year 1999 when it was finally given the profession code by United States Department of Labor. Initially transcriber was generally referred as a typist or a medical secretary or data entry jobs.

Medical transcriber plays a vital role of converting spoken words into written text efficiently and effectively. Initially transcriber found it a bit difficult considering the low quality of recorded sound. However, today with more and more technology changes coming up, the task of transcribing audio/digital form into text form is becoming less time consuming and easy. One of the useful software that has been emerging off late is Voice recognition software. The use of Voice recognition software is certainly benefiting the transcriptors to speed up their job and make it more accurate.

With more and more technological software’s coming up will it be that technology power will overtake the role of humans in the profession? Well, it sounds like an interesting topic to debate on however the use of software’s does not mean the software’s will replace transcriber in the coming years. Just as a doctor is required to cure human being from different diseases irrespective of the technological advances so also a transcriber is required to perform the task of noting down the recorded data.

Software’s are just tools that assist human beings to perform different task more quickly and conveniently. But just like every other tool they cannot function without the assistance of a skilled human being. At the end of the day it is we humans who design such software’s to assist us in our profession and not the software that designs us.


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