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The Top Tips on Keeping Your Medical Transcription Files Organized: An Insider Gives Helpful Advice

The Top Tips on Keeping Your Medical Transcription Files Organized: An Insider Gives Helpful Advice


    

The Top Tips on Keeping Your Medical Transcription Files Organized: An Insider Gives Helpful Advice

by Susan Eliot

Whether you work several medical transcription jobs, or only one, you are going to have to stay organized. Anyone who is involved in this type of work understands just how hectic things can get. Working from home doesn't make it any easier because your personal life and your work life are both right there together. That is why you need to make a concerted effort when organizing your work space, and your transcription files in particular.

Since we do live in the technological era, organizing things isn't as difficult as it once was. Luckily for the medical transcriber, medical transcription files can easily be transferred to a computer. But if you are in a hurry, you might end up saving those files in any old place on your computer and forget where they are. You may also forget to clear them out once you have no use for them any longer - not a smart idea. Saving files to your hard drive can take up a lot of space, and that is why it is much better to save them to a disk or CD.

When saving your transcription files, save them in folders to their specific specialty such as "radiology", "SOAP reports", "emergency", "OBGYN", etc. There will always be times when you cannot complete your work and you have to step away for a few hours, go to bed, eat dinner, or a dozen other things. Working from home can make things much more complicated than they need to be if you're not an organized person. If you are unable to locate your files, then you'll have to request them once more, which will make you look really irresponsible.

It's very important to keep track of your transcription files when working transcription jobs because you never know when you may have to go back do a report over or series of reports. There will be times in everyone's career when they mess up. Sometimes, if you are dealing with an extremely picky doctor, (this may happen when you first start, especially if you are doing contract work) he may insist he said something that he didn't, or that a particular diagnosis was given that was not. There are hundreds of instances where keeping track of your transcription files is essential.

If you are downloading your files directly from the internet onto your computer, remember to move old files every couple of days or weeks to keep your computer from crashing. Your computer may crash if there is not enough space located on the hard drive or when it is running low on memory. These are cases when you might end up having to take your computer to a repair shop, add more memory, hard drive, etc. Those types of things are nonetheless very annoying, time-consuming, and can be easily avoided. Not to mention, you'll end up saving a lot of money over time by simply remembering to keep your transcription files organized.

We all know what happens when things come undone and get disorganized. An orderly work area is a productive work area. So, save yourself the frustration, time, and the headache. Always remember to throw out what you do not need, and to put away in a safe place what you do need. If you can do that, you'll have a hassle-free work life, and everything will run efficiently.

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Susan Eliot

About the Author:
Susan B. Eliot is a wonderful resource in this field and is an expert when it comes to earning the highest medical transcription salary. She owns and operates her own transcription service and knows first hand the the best ways to organize your medical transcription files.


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