Last week we mentioned Wikipedia and how it can benefit your transcription career. This week I wanted to mention Google. Google is awesome. There is just no way around it. Many will advise you to not use Google for information. In this day and age where there are so many authoritative resources online this makes no sense. Medicine is changing faster than book publishers can keep up with. You will not use random pages as authoritative, but you can use it to get information that you will then verify with an authoritative source.
Google is great for when you kinda can spell something but are off a bit. The search function will often “guess” the spelling which can help lead you in the right direction. Keep in mind that it is looking for pages with the word in it, so commonly misspelled words will pull up many versions of the word. Still, it can jog your memory so you can then look it up in the right place.
There is no denying that Google is great for learning about new procedures, medications, and medical tools. This knowledge will benefit your transcription career. Often you can find a great deal of information on vendor’s sites or medical school sites. When I hear about a new device or medication, I like to Google it to see what is out there. It is for information to add to what I know, not to be placed in a medical document.
So enjoy Google, but do not take anything you read as final, especially MT help sites, until you verify it from a real authoritative source. Do this and you will enjoy many continuing education opportunities throughout your transcription career.