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Healthcare Documentation Specialist 1


Healthcare Documentation Specialist, Level 1, transcribes and/or edits basic patient healthcare documentation dictated by physicians and other healthcare practitioners. Level 1 individuals possess basic or entry-level knowledge with little to no transcription or editing experience. Nature of work performed would start at entry level and increase as depth and breadth of knowledge, exposure to specialties, and dictators and/or types of documentation can be produced while meeting departmental quality and production expectations.


Educational Background:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Vocational/technical healthcare documentation/transcription training required

Experience Required:

  • None or minimal medical transcription experience; some organizations may require 1 year of practical experience

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