Susan Lucci (AHDI’s President) recently appointed a National Board subcommittee to research future roles for MTs within the EHR. According to a Plexus article, entitled: MT Career Transitions, the goals of the committee were to “define roles, describe the necessary skills sets required for each role, define the educational requirements, visualize a career lattice for MTs, and publicize and market our findings.”
Here are some of the more common threads the committee has detected thus far:
- Becoming credentialed as a CMT is more critical than ever to demonstrate medical language knowledge.
- Coding knowledge is also expected to be much more critical to future roles in the EHR.
- MTs will need more education of SNOMED (Systematized Nomenclature for Medicine), ICD-10 and CPT (current procedural terminology) codes.
- Transcriptionists will need additional technical skills, including familiarity with database management, basic Health Level Seven interface language and how to maneuver within the EHR.
- Most new roles will require an associate’s degree, with many roles requiring a bachelor’s degree and beyond.
- The location of where MTs perform transcription is also expected to change, as many MTs will transition back into the hospital setting.
- Hospitals will need trainers to ensure quality control with medical documents, which opens up another job opportunity for MTs.
- Roles for credentialed CMTs will be needed to transcribe, edit and review documentation from a variety of resources utilizing front-end speech, back-end speech and traditional audio-to-text conversion.
- MTs could also have roles in an ambulatory setting, in which they will perform traditional audio-text narratives and may utilize speech recognition editing.