Gone are the days when doctors were dictating sitting at their desk on a standard sized cassette player. Medical transcription equipment has surely changed over the years. Okay, well there is also many die-hards left still dictating that way, but it would be hard to find a transcriptionists with a standard cassette player that still works underneath the cobwebs!
Nowadays, most medical transcription equipment his high-tech, digital, convenient to use and available at lightening speed. Working with “old-fashioned” cassette tapes is limiting in that they need to be physically managed, like being mailed or picked up from the clients’ office. That is way most services use digital media because voice files can be quickly uploaded to transcription platform from where they are distributed and then transcribed.
Another choice for the dictating physician is to use a telephone line and call into a transcription service that provides a digital voice solution. They just dictate the reports over the phone line, and the voice is captured in a digital file on the computer and then accessed by the medial transcriptionist and in turn transcribed fro the client.
However, even though technology has changed dramatically over the years, each and every medical transcription is still going to need the following standard pieces of equipment:
- A computer to transcribe the dictation into. You no doubt already have a computer if you are reading this, so that is one thing you can check off your list!
- A foot pedal to play the voice files. Food pedals vary, and it depends on whether you are going to plug the foot pedal into your computer directly or into a desktop transcribing station, like a C-Phone. USB foot pedals are becoming the most popular choices. The type of foot pedal that you buy depends on the type of files that you will be transcribing and the platform that you will be accessing to listen to the dictation.
- A headset to listen to the voice files. Like the foot pedal you are using, the type of headset you will use depends on the type of station you are transcribing from. Headsets can come with 3.5 mm plugs, USB plugs, twin plugs or DIN pin plugs.
Keep in mind that many transcriptionists have more than one type of headset and foot pedal that they use because different accounts can require that you use different types of equipment. Whatever type of account you end up working on, having the right equipment for your medical transcription job is the most important aspect of making the job of the medical transcriptionist easy and most importantly, productive.
You also need to know that there are resources for free transcription software online where you can download software to make your job much more efficient. Here is more info on free medical transcription software.