Google tips for Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist (and everybody else, too!)
One of the most popular phrases in society today is “Google it”. It’s almost impossible to go a day without hearing that phrase; the word “Google” has actually been added to the Oxford English Dictionary as a verb. What you may not be aware of as a Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist is that you can utilize Google in many different ways to find the medical terms you are searching for. Here are 10 tipps for getting the most out of google.
Use Google Suggest.
You don’t have to know the exact spelling of a word. You can start entering the word and Google will ‘suggest’ similar words. You don’t need to hit ‘search’ every time because the term you are looking for could be a suggestion generated by Google. See Google’s guide on searching.
Evaluate your ‘common words’
Google ignores common words and characters such as where, the, how, etc., but if you think that a common word is essential to get the results you want, you can make it essential by putting a plus (+) sign in front of it. If you want Google to ignore a certain word or phrase that has been generated in search results, you can put a minus (-) sign before that word or phrase and those results will be excluded.
To do a precise search, surround the phrase in quotation marks. Example “laparoscopic appendectomy”
In most search engines, you can use a character to stand in for any word or letter in a search phrase. Google’s most common wildcard character is an asterisk (*). Google uses stemming technology to find variations of each word in your search. You can do a wildcard search by inserting an asterisk (or up to 10 asterisks) to replace words before your search phrase. Example: coca cola was invented by *
Look up definitions
Knowing the definition of a word is crucial when typing up a report, especially a medical report. Google can provide word definitions if you enter define: and your word.
Look for synonyms
A synonym is a word or phrase that has the same meaning as another word or phrase. Look for synonyms by entering a (~) in front of the term.
Capitalization is not necessary for Google searches. Example: canada will generate the same results as Canada.
Plural vs singular searches
Plural forms of words are not necessary. Example: lung will generate the same results as lungs.
Your new resource: the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker
The Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker is a custom Google Search Engine designed specifically for Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist and their specific needs. It works by searching 2873 quality health and medical transcription websites including medical journals, medical equipment websites, doc finder, and medication finder sources. Try the Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Word Seeker.
MT search site
A specific division geared towards Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation searches, called GoogleMT.
Access other features in Google.
Every Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation Specialist has their favorite website that they frequently refer to when doing research. We have our Stedman’s Medical Dictionary and our e-books and other bookmarked web sites. My advice is to add these resources to your bookmarks and tabs, especially tips 9 and 10 if you are an MT. These resources are also very useful for proofreading your reports. For additional Medical Transcription/Healthcare Documentation resources, check out our MT/HDS Resources page for helpful materials such as dictionaries and grammar references.