What Is Medical Transcription And Coding?

What is medical transcription and coding? It’s an allied health care profession – two, to be exact. You can be just a transcriptionist or a medical coder, although some jobs involve both types of work.

These are solid, stable careers that pay well and are in high demand right now, mainly due to the expansion of the health care industry. You generally need some vocational training to get your foot in the door. In brief, here are the job descriptions:

Medical Transcription

Medical transcription entails accurately reproducing the voice notes and documentation of doctors and other medical professionals as text in a word processor. Transcribed materials become part of the legal health care record.

Medical Coding

Medical coding is similar to transcription in that the job is to transform medical notes and documentation into a usable format. In this case, the format serves a financial purpose.

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