Medical Transcription - OBSOLETE?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2004
Medical Transcription - OBSOLETE?
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Sun, 05-31-2009 - 11:49pm

OK so, I'm on the verge of enroling in an online course for MT but, I've hit a snag. There are quite a few people advising me to stay away from this course as MT is a DYING field, soon to be replaced by the new voice recognition technologies and EMR (Electronic Medical Records system).

The thing is, I also hear that those new technologies are EXTREMELY inaccurate, and the human component is still needed to go over the work. As well, the technologies probably will NOT improve much in the future.

So...I'm pretty much at a loss of what to do.

I suffer from SEVERE panic attacks and have worked from home for the past two years (first as a data analyst, then as an inside sales worker, finally data entry).

The thing is, while these jobs were all wonderful and I was VERY grateful for them...I'd still love to somehow get a CAREER that I can do from home, and that will be stable for my future.

I'd really love if any doctors or EXPERIENCED MTs could comment, but anyone else's opinion would be great too, since I'm just hesitant to invest the money until I know for sure.

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Registered: 05-16-2006
Mon, 06-01-2009 - 1:17pm
Excellent question.
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Registered: 11-18-2004
Mon, 06-01-2009 - 1:59pm

Hi - thanks so much for replying to my question.


That's terrific that you've been transcribing for so long!
I am surprised however, to learn that you could not support yourself with the money?
There are a handful of others who I've spoken to in the past year or so, who say that they make outstanding pay with this job from home.

However a few of them work through the night, so perhaps they make more because they push themselves?

I'd really love to know how much you make ON AVERAGE (I am in Ontario so, if you could convert to CAD that'd be great).


Despite the great info you gave me, I'm still left unsure about what to do...
To enrol in the course or NOT to enrol!?

I suppose what you said is true though, that it is a MISCONCEPTION that the speech recognition programs can do better, while truly they are very inaccurate and still require a HUMAN to do the corrections and editing.


Anyone else out there who can comment?

I really need to get ahold of a doctor around town here, perhaps...and ask his/her opinion :S



Thanks again!

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Registered: 05-16-2006
Mon, 06-01-2009 - 2:53pm
For straight transcription, the average is $12 per hour/$25,000 annually.
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Registered: 05-16-2006
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 1:38pm

Here are a few ideas that pay closer to $40 an hour.

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Registered: 05-01-2003
Thu, 06-11-2009 - 1:26am

Hi there,


I couldn't help but toss in my 2 cents on this one.

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Registered: 08-30-2004
Sun, 07-05-2009 - 9:33pm

That's some very good advice.


I do transcribing from home part time.

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Registered: 02-05-2013
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 8:19am

The thing is, while these jobs were all wonderful and I was VERY grateful for them...I'd still love to somehow get a CAREER that I can do from home, and that will be stable for my future. This part i was liking very much.

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