Until 20th Century, physicians served as both providers of medical care and scribes for the medical community. After 1900, when standardisation of medical data became critical to research, medical stenographers replaced physicians as scribes, taking their dictation in shorthand.
- The advent of dictating equipment made it unnecessary for physician and scribe to work face-to-face, and the career of medical transcription began. As physicians came to rely on the judgement and reasoning of experienced medical transcriptionists to safeguard the accuracy & integrity of medical dictation, medical transcription evolved into a medical language speciality.
- Now, at the dawn of 21st Century, medical transcriptionists are using speech recognition technology to help them create even more documents in a shorter time. Medical transcription is one of the most sophisticated of the allied health professions, creating an important partnership between healthcare providers and those who document patient care.
- Medical Transcription (MT) is one of the low technology-end IT projects suitable for man- power surplus countries like India having competitive advantage in terms of reasonably high skilled personnel at low cost. MT is technically a highly accurate (upto 99%) data processing job, where data entry operators have to be conversant with Medical Transcription.