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I’ve noticed that I get a lot of hits to my blog from people searching the internet wondering if medical transcription haram (unlawful for Muslims), but I have not gotten any questions left on my blog.  I’m hoping that the people visiting the blog have found what they are looking for.  I am more than happy to answer questions.  There is not anything that I do in my job on a daily basis that would be haram and Allah knows best.  I work for a medical transcription company, my work goes directly to the hospitals that they contract with.   In my original “is medical transcription haram” post I referenced an earlier email about the description of what an MT does.  I went back and read that post and in hindsight I don’t know if it really clears up what I actually do all day long.  It is pretty simple actually.  I sit at my computer with my headphones and my foot pedal and I listen to recorded dictations from healthcare providers and I transcribe/type what is said in those dictations.  That transcribed report is then edited by me for punctuation, grammar, and style.  That final report is then sent via web back to the hospital where it is then put into the patient’s chart.  I work from home and as long as I’ve been an MT I have worked from home. 

Please don’t be shy to ask any questions.  This is a very practical career for Muslims.

Umm Ebraheem

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Okay, today I made the decision to start studying for my certification in medical transcription from the organization formerly known as American Association of Medical Transcriptionists (I don’t like the new name).  I have been considering this for years and I finally decided that I am going to go ahead and do it.  The advancement might not materialize as much as many MTs would like, but it does have its advantages.  I have to start studying and saving my pennies because they of course charge obnoxious fees to sit for the exam and I am going to go ahead and invest in the study material so I will become familiar with the question formats.   I have decided to ditch the book club because the other members are not participating as much as I thought they would and it looks like there is just myself and one other member, and while I enjoy her company we can get together to discuss all kinds of things without it surrounding the book club and I can put my reading time into something that will benefit me in the long run, by the permission of Allah. 

I dragged this post over from my old blog on 360.  It is a description of my chosen career of medical transcription.  I often have to spend 5-10 minutes explaining to people what I do for a living and AHDI (Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity formerly American Association of Medical Transcription (AAMT))  summed it up rather nicely.  Now, if they could just follow through on some of their plans to bring some credibility to the field of medical transcription I would really toot their horns.

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What is MT
InshaAllah, I plan to start talking about my work a little on my blog so I thought I would start out with what exactly it is I do. Below is an MT job description. Umm Ebraaheem

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Medical transcription is the act of translating from oral to written form the record of a person’s medical history, diagnosis, prognosis and outcome. Physicians and other healthcare professional rely on skilled medical transcriptionists to transform spoken words into comprehensive records that accurately communicate medical information. These reports function as legal documentation and fulfill requirements for insurance reimbursement. They also serve as reference for scientific research.

While medical transcription is among the most fascinating of allied health professions, the general public knows little about those who practice this skill. It was not until 1999 that the US Department of Labor assigned a separate job classification (Standard Occupational Classification #31-9094) so that statistics could be gathered on medical transcriptionists. Before that, transcriptionists were misclassified as typists, word processors, medical secretaries, and dictating machine operators.

Medical understanding is critical for the professional medical transcriptionist. Medical transcription requires a practical knowledge of medical language, anatomy, physiology, disease processes, pharmacology, laboratory medicine, and the internal organization of medical reports. Reports of patient care take many forms, including histories and physical examinations, progress reports, emergency room notes, consultations, operative reports, discharge summaries, clinic notes, referral letters, radiology reports, pathology reports, and an array of documentation spanning more than 60 medical specialties and subspecialties.

Quality medical transcription also requires

  • above-average knowledge of English punctuation and grammar
  • excellent auditory skills, allowing the transcriptionist to interpret sounds almost simultaneously with keyboarding
  • advanced proofreading and editing skills
  • versatility in use of transcription equipment and computers, since transcriptionists may work in a variety of settings

Taken from American Association for Medical Transcription. http://www.aamt.org

Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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