Nowadays is the third and final section in the health-related transcription survey. We looked at the function of a health-related transcriptionist, and we looked at how we view skilled associations. The final section asked inquiries about the future of health-related transcription and how health-related transcriptionists view the future of the profession.

What is the Greatest Threat to Standard Transcription?

In this section, the respondents felt the greatest threat was speech recognition technologies at 47.9%. Amongst the answers, 31% indicated they really feel it is the electronic wellness record, 32.four% mentioned the use of scribes to develop healthcare documentation, and 26.eight% chosen other. In the items listed in the “other” category, a lot of have been the exact same. Some mentioned acceptance of poor high quality documentation and the use of speech recognized files as the final document. Some mentioned they felt offshore transcription is the greatest threat (with a single individual adding they think this is what creates decrease wages for all Mts). Some mentioned a lack of recognition for what the health-related transcriptionist does and the expertise we bring to the table. A different comment I identified intriguing was that MTs will drop out of the profession since the level of expertise expected is also higher for the low compensation we are paid.

A single issue I identified intriguing right here is that pretty much 50% picked speech recognition as the greatest threat to the function of standard transcription, and but a further section showed that 50% of the respondents are not working with this technologies at all. I wonder if that does not correlate to the worry of a loss of revenue with technologies that we know is coming? I pretty much see the electronic record and the scribes challenge as a single in the exact same. Not totally, since there are a lot of practices going to a verify box program and not working with a scribe. They are certainly connected, although. A single issue that struck me was the comment about MTs leaving the field. We do see that under and when an individual mentioned in this section that MTs will leave, I was reminded of a comment on an earlier post that talked about the inability to train new graduates. What does that imply occurs? All items to feel about!

Is an Option Profession Path the Answer?

It seems a lot of feel so. When 53.five% say they are not exploring an option profession, 46.five% responded that they are performing just that, with 12.7% of these saying they are seeking outdoors of the healthcare sector. When asked what they are exploring, there have been numerous responses about coding and healthcare informatics, data technologies. The responses outdoors of the healthcare sector incorporated dance instruction, accounting, psychology, and herbal consulting. There have been also some who shared their concern that the possibilities are becoming much less and much less and they had issues about their potential to function from residence in the future.

This once again correlates to what we see above. With such a higher percentage exploring options other than health-related transcription, and with 12.7% of these even seeking outdoors the healthcare sector all collectively, I feel it paints a image of how safe (or insecure) we really feel about our profession. On the other hand, it is nonetheless a majority of these who responded who mentioned they are not exploring something else. I am also usually fascinated by the items people today say they want to do if it is not health-related transcription. Picture teaching dance all day extended, now I take place to feel that may well be a seriously entertaining job. When I do appreciate to mess with items in Excel, I personally could not do accounting all day extended. Psychology has usually fascinated me, but I am not confident I could listen to an individual else's issues all day extended in a counselor function. Herbal consulting, gosh, my husband would appreciate that. No matter what it is, I am thankful that an individual desires to do all of these roles and usually discover it intriguing to hear what MTs are interested in.

What Do We See Genuinely?

Rather a handful of subjects have been covered in this survey. Here's a wrap up of what I feel we discovered:

  • Much more than 50% have at least 10 years or far more of expertise in this profession, which tends to help that we do not have a lot of new people coming into the profession.
  • Major function setting has certainly shifted to exactly where the majority of MTs function for health-related transcription solutions and not in hospitals and clinics.
  • The function of “health-related transcriptionist” is nonetheless the greatest use of our time, with only about 30% reporting that they are operating with speech recognition editing. MTs nonetheless have possibilities in more roles in items like high quality assurance, recruiting, and management.
  • Speech recognition is catching on far more and far more, nevertheless, there have been nonetheless 51.four% who mentioned they do not function in this technologies at all.
  • Health-related transcriptionists continue to either function far more than a single job or function far more than 40 hours a week, in pretty much 30% of the respondents. This a single issues me for each wellness motives and the potential to have some balance in life.
  • The credentials for health-related transcriptionists have not but caught on, with 64.9% saying they have no credential at all.
  • A excellent majority of us are operating in circumstances exactly where we do not have advantages, at 48.six%. In that exact same note, it was excellent to see some are in fact obtaining greater spend prices if they have a credential, at 16.two%.
  • For the majority of people, revenue has either stayed the exact same (28.four%) or decreased (39.two%) in the final 3 years.
  • When it comes to belonging to a skilled organization, the majority just do not do that, at 57.7%.. And although our survey respondents did say they do belong to AHDI at 40.eight%, that does not appear to be a quantity that translates to all MTs.
  • MTs join organizations to network and get continuing education, as properly as to be a aspect of a thing that tends to make a distinction in their profession.
  • We appear to be a fairly disenchanted group with the present alternatives in skilled associations, primarily based on the responses about why we do not belong or why we leave. In that query, we discovered that a lot of do not really feel it has produced a distinction or held a advantage for them, although other people felt the wants of the person MT are no longer addressed.
  • What we want from a skilled organization is seriously fairly straightforward: An advocate with employers (not a union, but advocacy, which is a thing quite distinct), continuing education possibilities, exploring alternatives connected to low wages, data and education on technologies and networking possibilities. We also want to be in a position to function with technologies vendors as the technologies modifications our profession.
  • Speech recognition and the electronic record (with the use of scribes) are noticed as significant threats to our standard roles.
  • Lots of of us are exploring option profession paths.


Okay now it is up to you. I think health-related transcriptionists have some wonderful tips and it is time to hear what you see as options to all of these items. What is the answer? If you had any alternative in the globe (okay, figuring out that technologies is not going away), what items would you recommend to enhance the lives of MTs? I appear forward to some wonderful dialogue right here.