Standards in medical transcription

This all started, once again, at the AHDI Lounge. I’m just now getting to it because I got sidetracked by the whole MT Stars discussion. So follow me down this particular yellow brick road… The topic at AHDI Lounge is AHDI and MTs. Basically, it’s a highlight for the more in-depth AHDI “Let’s Talk About…” Read More …

Medical transcription career potential

Would you encourage someone to become a medical transcriptionist? This is an interesting question now being frequently posed in the medical transcription community on Facebook, in the forums, and elsewhere. It’s one I am frequently asked, as well. And my answer is no – it’s not a career choice I encourage. This position has been Read More …

Lead, follow or get out of the way

The discussion at the AHDI Lounge has taken on a life of its own. As usual, the more AHDI representatives talk, the more questions get raised. Over the past couple of days, the conversation has raised some questions in my mind about why AAMT changed its name to AHDI. While telling medical transcriptionists they need Read More …

A Transcription Odyssey, Revisited

I wrote an article titled 2001: A Transcription Odyssey that was published in the July-August 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Association for Medical Transcription (JAAMT). It’s now 10 years later, a good time to revisit that article and some of the predictions I made. Unfortunately, I don’t have the original draft I Read More …

Please pass the Kool-Aid

The only person who will ever tell you that professional networking isn’t important is the person who hasn’t engaged in any of it. That same person will tell you that being an association member, getting credentialed, and coming to ACE are a complete waste of time. I feel sorry for that person. ­čÖé Get out Read More …

Can you trust AHDI to represent the industry?

I’ve been following reports from the meeting as reported by Kathy Nicholls at her MT Tools Online blog, as well as the ACE365 website at Ning and I find myself wondering if medical transcriptionists can afford to let this organization continue to represent to legislators and the health information management community that it is the Read More …

AHDI interactive – kind of

I have to admit when I saw the title of the latest blog at the AHDI Lounge blog, I was intrigued – so they get points for an interesting title. Is the medical transcription profession doomed? Just reading the title, I thought maybe AHDI was finally going to take off the rosie-colored glasses they wear Read More …

Checking credentials: CMT confusion

There’s a cautionary tale inside the hype of medical transcription as a career and that is that there are a lot of scams. There are scam schools and there are scam jobs. Let’s focus on another shady area of transcription: the “certified medical transcriptionist.” I’m going out on a limb and expressing my opinion that Read More …