Medical Assisting – an Overview
There are three major types of Medical Assistants: Clinical, Administrative and Specialized Medical Assistants.
Administrative Medical Assistants: Administrative Medical Assistants exclusively handle administrative work; therefore, they mainly work in the front office. Typically, these Administrative Medical Assistants do not handle or treat patients. They need to be adept in the below:
- Microsoft Office and Electronic Mail (E-mail), etc.
- Coding software
- Database software
- Electronic Health Records (EHR) software
- Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software
- Patient Management software
- Booking Keeping and/or Billing software and more
Clinical Medical Assistants: Clinical Medical Assistants directly work with patients. They work in a wide-range of medical settings. Clinical Medical Assistants duties vary by the state’s law (as each state has its own restrictions and regulations).
- They use a variety of medical equipment to gauge patients’ vital signs, such as thermometers, weighing machines, blood pressure monitors, etc.
- Few states allow them to handle X-ray machines, administer medications using a variety of medical tools such as injections, etc.
Specialized Medical Assistants: Specialized Medical Assistants are expected to perform semi-complicated medical procedures (depending on their specialization) such as, cardiac pacing, cardiovascular studies, castings, minor surgeries, diagnostic vision tests, etc. by means of special tools and equipment according to their specializations. These Medical Assistants specialize in a particular arena such as:
- Electroretinogram (ERG)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Echo-cardiogram, etc.