Did you know that I used to work in Health Information Management (HIM) while getting my undergrad degree? In fact, after working with medical records, I switched my education path and obtained my master’s degree in Health Services Management. Can’t say becoming a stay-at-home mom or a blogger was ever in my plans, but here I am.
I enjoy having the ability to work from home and spend more time with my family, and lately I’ve been considering taking on something a little more official. With my work history in HIM, I thought medical transcription would be a great place to look, especially because I can do that from home too.
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I officially became a stay-at-home mom around 2013, when my family moved from Orlando, FL to Miami, FL. At that time it was just 3 of us – mom, dad and trouble maker #1. Dad was making enough money to support the family and it just didn’t make sense for me to go to work when my paycheck would be almost a complete wash.
Anyone with a child knows how expensive childcare is when you don’t have family nearby to depend on (like when I was a kid). So rather than spending 40 hours a week away at a job, to only have chump change left after childcare, we decided it would be better for me to stay home and spend quality time with our son. Plus, no one will care for your child better than you do.
A few months went by and out of pure luck I started blogging for someone else. That’s where the blogging obsession began. I loved what I was doing and it was in my spare time. Sure, there were deadlines, but it wasn’t so overwhelming I couldn’t handle it. Time went on and after a year or so, I decided to start my own blog – the one you’re reading!
It’s been 6 years now that I’ve stayed at home. In that time we’ve added 2 more trouble makers to the family and as they get bigger, it’s come to a point where I’ve started considering taking on a part time job, one that I can still do from home.
I have this (expensive) master’s degree just sitting around, that’s getting no use whatsoever. So my first thought was, how can I use my educational achievements to do something from home? I’ve heard of so many people working from home as a medical transcriptionist and I thought, how perfect! So I started looking into it.
Have you ever heard of medical transcription?
A medical transcriptionist basically takes audio recordings of a physician or healthcare provider and converts, or transcribes, the recordings into written documents. Sounds easy right? Medical transcription takes some special skills, but it’s something that can be done from home. Plus, it puts my work history and education to use.
In my search for somewhere to start, I came across iMedX, an integrated medical document management and health information solutions company based in Atlanta, GA. The company offers all kinds of HIM solutions, including medical transcription and coding services, results-based consulting, education and training opportunities, and data analytics.
What really stood out to me about iMedX versus other medical transcription companies, is their experience. iMedX has over 17 years experience in the transcription field, serves over 120,000 physicians daily, and employs a team of over 2,000 quality medical transcriptionists to make it all happen.
What does it take to become a medical transcriptionist with iMedX? Like I said, it might sound easy, but it takes a special set of skills to really become a quality transcriptionist. To even be considered requires passing a rigorous testing process that includes a medical language evaluation, English grammar evaluation, and tests geared towards the specific medical specialty for which one would be working. For example, if transcribing radiology audio, the person will need to have an understanding of basic radiology concepts and terminology.
Honestly, the more I think about it, the more excited I get! I really do think it’s time for a small change and I love that I can do this from home. I’m not going to have to uplift my family or seriously interrupt their current routines. I can do this in my spare time, make money to help support my family, and still spend quality time with everyone, which is my top priority. And don’t you worry, I wouldn’t be leaving my blog behind. I’ll still be here!
Have you ever considered working from home? Would you consider becoming a medical transcriptionist?
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