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Doctors and other health care professionals often make recordings that document what happened during their patients' appointments or surgical procedures. Medical transcriptionists listen to these recordings and transcribe, or type, reports of what the doctor said. The reports are then included in patients' charts or digital health records. Medical transcriptionists work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, as well as for transcription companies or out of their own homes. There are approximately 68,350 medical transcriptionists working in the United States. Medical transcriptionists are also called health care documentation specialists, medical transcribers, medical stenographers, or medical language specialists.
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