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May 10, 2006
Bangalore Meet - A NASSCOM - AAMT initiative
There has arisen a few misconceptions about the above meet, I'll try to
1. NASSCOM India ITES-BPO Strategy Summit 2006, will hold a workshop on
Medical Transcription Outsourcing - Opportunities and Challenges -
in association with AAMT.
This is scheduled and is going to take place. MTIndia.org is not taking
registrations for this event. To register for the NASSCOM meet, please click
on the link above. The early bird discount is until May 15th.
2. What is being proposed, is to have another meet at Bangalore specifically
directed towards practitioner MTs and invite Peter Preziosi, Executive
Director, AAMT to participate in that event. They main agenda would be
directed at discussing the future of medical transcription as a career
prospect. Please note that this is not an alternative event being planned to
the NASSCOM meet, but one with a different perspective altogether. This is
the one we are running a survey for. Organizing this meet will entirely
depend on the response and enthusiasm from practitioner MTs in participating
in such a career prospect meet with the Executive Director of AAMT. The
response to the survey until now has been essentially from outstation MTs.
Unfortunately, it will turn out to be a logistic nightmare to hold an event
of this stature at Bangalore, if participants are essentially from
So friends, I am keeping the survey open until this weekend. The date June
8th, between 6-8 pm (could be postponed by an hour).
Registration fees will be Rs. 200.
Please send an email to email@example.com , if you are interested in
participating. Please enclose the following details about yourself:
Suggestions: (Keep it brief, please)
And Bangalore MTs, you do need to wake up and participate in the survey.
Without a good response, this event just doesn't happen.
Dr Amit Chatterjee, SM
Strategist / Founder ~ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
MT India ~ www.mtindia.org
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NEWS AND VIEWS :
1) Firm's focus is growth, Manor Care CEO tells shareholders, to exit
Meanwhile, the company issued a federal layoff notice this week that it will
idle 102 workers in its Heartland Information Services medical-transcription
unit. Seven employees are in Toledo. A company spokesman said the cuts will
occur in early July.
The firm had announced it would be getting out of that five-year-old
business and took a $7 million accounting charge in the first quarter. I
worked my heart out for this company, said Mary Kirkpatrick, of Rockford,
Mich., who got a layoff notice. How many more jobs are [we] going to lose
to India or China?
However, Mr. Ormond said the firm's transcription business started in India,
and the company tried to bring it to the United States but it wasn't
2) Spheris Hires Chief Financial Officer
Spheris, announced the hiring of Brian P. Callahan as its chief financial
officer. After an extensive search, we are extremely pleased to announce
the hiring of Brian Callahan as Spheris' chief financial officer, said
Steven E. Simpson, Spheris president and CEO. I am confident Brian's
experience and expertise in financial management, particularly as it relates
to operational support and capital markets, will add tremendous value to our
Callahan brings with him more than 20 years of financial management
experience. Prior to joining Spheris, he served as executive vice president
and chief financial officer of Murray, Inc., headquartered in Brentwood,
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Industries/RoadOne, Procter & Gamble and Georgia Pacific.
Spheris is headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., with major operations in St.
Petersburg, Fla.; Sterling, Va.; Milpitas, Calif.; Bangalore, India; and
3) Targeting Health Records: Arrendale Associates Utilizes Web To Improve
Medical Transcription Service
The management team at Arrendale Associates Inc., a software firm located in
suburban Charlotte, believes it has developed a means to enhance the medical
transcription business over the Internet - and through international
AAI has developed a proprietary word processor and tools for medical
transcription along with custom work flow solutions that meet a particular
need in the industry, allow for outsourcing while remaining HIPAA
compliant, management told WRAL Local Tech Wire in a recent Q&A, and
delivering products and services over the Internet for ease of deployment,
support and use by physicians, nurses, clinicians and medical
4) Leading Community Health Systems Hospitals Select Dictaphone PowerScribe
At Easton Hospital, radiologists, radiation therapy doctors and
cardiologists deliver a significantly more timely report by eliminating a
number of steps in the process including transcription. PowerScribe converts
physician dictation automatically into text and presents it onscreen for
review, correction, and electronic signature. The solution, which leverages
Nuance's award-winning Dragon(TM) NaturallySpeaking(R) technology, goes
beyond transcription efficiencies and actually reduces radiologists'
dictation time by offering the ability to create templates and report
Normals for frequent and recurring studies.
Staff radiologist Dr. Stuart Jones has been using speech recognition
technology off and on over the past 15 years, making him one of the true
pioneers of this innovative technology. Selecting PowerScribe was really a
no-brainer -- it's so far superior to other options. said Dr. Jones.
People worry about the accuracy of speech recognition technology, but
interestingly enough the technology makes the same type of mistakes that
regular transcriptionists make, only far fewer. The technology has become
5) Help wanted for Philippines outsourcing
Has outsourcing to the Philippines already hit a human-resource barrier?
There are growing indications that something may be amiss in the country's
Never before has Philippine labor had such negotiating power. Call center
recruits are now being offered signing bonuses before they start work.
Employees are given bonuses for finding new recruits - more often than not
poached from other call centers.
Still, call center managers complain about the lack of workers who are able
to speak American English. For the Philippines, which suffers perennially
from crushingly high unemployment rates, currently at 8% according to a
recent official survey, unmet labor demand is a new and unfamiliar problem.
The future of the industry is clearly at stake. ITES or cyberservices are
certainly the future of the Philippines, said Henry Schumacher, executive
director of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. But that
will not work unless you have English as a communicating base, and we have
seen over the last maybe 10 years that the English speaking capability [of
Filipinos] has declined. English was always one of the [Philippines']
Danilo Cruz, under secretary of the government's Department of Labor and
Employment, added, We used to be the third-largest English-speaking nation,
but call centers and medical transcription firms have failed to hire 100,000
[workers] they expected to employ in 2005.
Carol Dominguez, president and chief executive officer of the John Clements
Consultants, a human resources and executive search consulting company,
described the emerging skilled labor shortage as a national emergency.
It may come as a surprise that spoken English is actually in decline in the
Philippines, given that the country is a former American colony known for
its enthusiastic embrace of US fast food and pop culture. Manila-based
experts said that many factors had contributed to the recent national
decline in English language proficiency.
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The new comp plan looks wonderful but when you start typing you notice it takes almost double to get your line counts. Sure, they lowered their line counts, but they don't pay for headers, footers, spaces, returns, tabs, and the patient info area! We get audits and have never been provided with the policy on them.
So much is changing in that company! Something is wrong! Everytime you turn around there are new MQ managers and less United States MTs and Editors. What is going on? I've went though 5 managers in the past 6 months! The director of ops is running though the company trying to model it after MQ. Well look where MQ is now! Why don't people see that the higher-ups are NOT getting the job done correctly and everything is falling apart! A change has to happen or this company is going down faster than Leroy Brown. They need to start changing their upper OP managment team ~starting with the director and all of her MQ followers!
I am feeling so stupid for being a part of this industry. I am envisioning the owners of my company sitting back with their cigars and brandy, and chuckling about what a good scam they have going.
We have all of these faceless entities working their asses off for us, we keep paying them less and less, and they still keep going, like little hamsters going round and round as fast as they can in their little wheels! All for us!! Go faster little hamster, go faster, I want to buy a new boat. Do we have the best gig going or what?
I have finally come to realize that this industry is one of those work-from-home scams that everyone warns us about!
They have a job posting on the Job Seeker's board and I can't find anything good or bad about them. Has anybody worked for them and have anything positive or negative to say about their experience with them?
Please go to this website and follow the instructions for letter writing campaign. .
of every weekend (such as Tues-Sat or Sun-Thurs) or do they have M-F with rotating weekends? TIA
They must have either added more people or shuffled them around. You would think I would be losing weight or at least developing some mean, lean curves from all the flexing we have had to do in the past few months.
For every poster who complains of no work, a poster will follow up bragging of all the overtime they have (?). Does anyone else find this totally bizarre?
I guess if you are considering a company like that you might want to take that into consideration -
have employee status, lots of work, and minimal confusion and disorganization? Can do the big 4 for acute care.
Does anyone work for New England Medical Transcription as a QA? Is the work steady? Do they run out in QA often? Is pay on time? Is platform hard to learn? Are they flexible? Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I looked in the archives but nothing more recent than a year ago. Is it IC or emplyee, ad did not say and email received from them did not say. Pay on time? Sound quality? Pressure from admin to do more, more, more?
Thanks in advance -- want to do the voice file from them, but would like to know opinions first.