The field of Medical Analysis, a part of Medical Transcription, has evolved and progressed so much, so that a major bulk of the paperwork has been replaced by electronic data storage and management. Gone are the days when the harried practitioner had to write out and file away all the hand-written reports without any help; this being a long and tedious task. The invention of the micro-chip certainly marks a boost in technological progress. This has in turn paved the way for later inventions and innovations of making all human work easier by the “byte”.
Why choose Medical Analysis as career?
Medical Analysis is one of the most promising career-options that has aided many in climbing the proverbial ‘Corporate Ladder’ and claiming a comfortable niche in the corporate world, at a pace faster than one can imagine. In the present scenario, it is one of the most well-paying occupations of the healthcare industry and provides extreme job-satisfaction.
Some statistics have shown that Medical Analysis is one of the fastest growing areas of the healthcare industry that provides almost 100% job security. Medical Analysis is almost recession-proof.. No matter what the state of the economy, there will be a constant need for Medical Analysts as patients and ill-health are not going anywhere! Buoyed by reports from NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies), the MT industry is looking to grow and will hit a whopping 40 billion worth in a short while, with employment statistics of about 50,000.
A Medical Analyst transcribes, reads, edits, and generally proof-reads and analyzes the transcribed medical documents. They have to be very vigilant and attuned to picking up any errors made during dictation or transcription, and flag the transcript or notify the person in-charge, or the dictator. A Medical Analyst needs to have a few primary skills:
# A fair knowledge of medical terminology # A good grasp of grammar and spellings # A keen eye for detail and error-spotting # Basic operation of computers # Good typing speed, etc
It requires sufficient training and practice to achieve the desired level of expertise.
Medical Analysis Training:
Various training programs have been initiated by many Medical Transcription companies. These training programs invariably include theory classes and practical sessions, in a simulated environment, as well as in real-time. In keeping with the current trend, there is never to be any shortage of openings for Medical Analysts for a long time to come. As long as there are hospitals, clinics and the healthcare industry, there will be a need for a constant influx of well-trained and experienced Medical Analysts. Being directly linked to healthcare and life-support, Medical Analysis is a very promising and rewarding field in terms of occupational and professional satisfaction. It is an ideal career-choice for almost anyone, irrespective of their educational background or age, and the returns are lucrative. Moreover, there is flexibility in the choice of workplace and timings – it can be home-based or on site,depending on the transcriber.
Will Speech Recognition Technology take over entirely?
A recent concern for most people who plan to enter the field of Medical Analysis, is whether Speech Recognition Technology (SRT) will replace Medical Analysts in the near future. SRT is one of the little known developments in technology. Having been around for almost 30 years, it is yet to be perfected. Quite contrary to what people seem to think, SRT has not posed a threat to the transcriptionists. The developments over 30 years have been note-worthy, but hardly enough to take over a human being’s work even in the least. Here’s a thought to put your mind at rest: No technology or machine can equal the comprehension of the human mind. In a nutshell, SRT cannot entirely take over the job of a Medical Analyst. In contrast, it can be used as a tool to aid the Medical Analyst. One of the drawbacks of SRT is that it cannot differentiate between similar sounding words. There are bound to be spelling and grammatical errors if transcribed material by SRT were to go unchecked and unedited. Medical Analysis is a profession where accuracy is critical. Until SRT is fine-tuned and tweaked by the developers to overcome all areas of possible error, the job lies in human hands to confirm that a patient’s medical record is maintained in order and is error-free. In addition, SRT can ensure a quicker turn-around time, and save costs, thus improving the efficiency of the Medical Analyst.