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Layoffs coming for Mayo's medical transcriptionists

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The Mankato Free Press reports that the Mayo Clinic is laying off 42 medical transcriptionists at the beginning of next year. Instead, Mayo will contract with Precyse Solutions, a transcription services business serving health care organizations across the U.S.

Mayo's decision appears to be part of a national trend to outsource transcription services as a way to cut costs. As speech recognition technology becomes more mainstream, the delivery of physician dictation has become automated.

Still, the Bureau of Labor Statistics listed medical transcription as a growth area in 2012, and named Minnesota one of the top states for employment.

For the Record, a trade magazine for medical technologists, confirms the trend toward outsourcing. but says electronic record-keeping presents many opportunities for editing and coding.

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