An individual who performs Medical Transcription is known as a Medical Transcriptionist or an MT. The equipment the MT uses is called a Medical Transcriber. The individual who performs medical transcription should always be called a “Medical Transcriptionist.” A Medical Transcriptionist is the person responsible for converting the patient’s medical records into typewritten format rather than handwritten, the latter more prone to misinterpretation by other healthcare providers. The term Transcriber describes the electronic equipment used in performing Medical Transcription, e.g., a cassette player with foot controls operated by the MT for report playback and transcription. In the late 1990s, medical transcriptionists were also given the title of Medical Language Specialist or Health Information Management (HIM) paraprofessional.


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