As the results of the recent work title survey confirm, the term "medical transcription" may no longer adequately encompass the true scope, nor demonstrate the relevance of our profession. The skill requirement of the healthcare documentation worker of the 21st Century will continue to evolve with advances in technology. The U.S. Department of Labor has suggested we consider updating the title of our occupation with a term that demonstrates the significance and long-term viability of our profession.
Providing the Department of Labor with accurate statistics can help to ensure continued recognition of our skills as the transition to the EHR progresses. Government support via paid apprenticeships and grants is available to industries that can demonstrate a viable career lattice pathway which enables workers to maintain a progressive standard of living through continuing education and advancement. Click here to access this brief survey.