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Career Story: Data Entry Clerk At A Hospital

Data Entry Clerk At A Hospital

Job Title: Medical Data Entry Specialist

Type of Company: I work for a local Hospital. We provide complete health care services for many inner city communities. One of our goals is community outreach and education.

Education: Boston Technical Center •• Dimock Health Vocational Training Program •• Cambridge College

Previous Experience: I received on-the-job training as an ultrasound technician for four years, which is where I gained a knowledge of human anatomy. I then worked briefly as a surgical technician. I then decided to go back to school and earn a BA in organizational and management psychology. Eventually, I was able to move to my current position.

Job Tasks: My job as a medical data entry specialist requires me to understand and interpret medical jargon. Understanding the language allows me to communicate with medical staff as it pertains to patient data collection. I gather personal medical data and input the data into an electronic medical record so that physicians and medical staff can access pertinent information. I also troubleshoot any scheduling and billing errors. I consistently interact with their departments to produce a complete and comprehensive medical record for the patient. Finally, I listen to medical dictation and input the data it contains into the computer. Throughout my day I also type up correspondence in order to provide primary care physicians with up-to-date information about patient visits.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part about my job is working on projects and seeing those projects come to life. I enjoy the autonomy of working independently and the challenge of working with deadlines keeps me on my toes.

The worst part of my job is that it's thankless. You choose this type of job because you enjoy WORKING and staying busy. Overall, I enjoy what I do and would recommend this sort of work for someone who is very computer-savvy with a broad knowledge of medical terminology. You must also be able to type about 80-100 words per minute to be considered an expert in the field!

Job Tips: If you desire to work in the medical field, maintaining your integrity is a must. Educate yourself consistently and never say that something is not in your job description. Also, try to understand the culture of the organization and go with the flow; trying to change an organization only causes problems. If you feel that a particular aspect of your job is beneath you, re-educate yourself and learn to think outside of the box, look at the overall benefit of adding something new to your portfolio.

Additional Thoughts: What has surprised me about myself and this type of job is that although this job one day will be taken over by voice recognition, learning other aspects of my organization's functions has enabled me to stay employed and move around in the organization without taking a pay cut!

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