Hey, I have India-American friends
Posted By: Going too far on 2007-03-29
In Reply to: Oh, for Lord's sake, fastMT...What's up... - m.e.d.
They came here and became Americans, so please don't call them dot-heads. The difference in them is that they live here and observe the same standards we do and have to pay bills at the same rates do. I have no problem with them.
I understand the anger, but the real anger shouldn't be at them, but at our own countrymen who advocate it and sell out their own people. There's a fine line between profit and sleaze and shamless greed, and they've crossed it. Some hospitals are strongly against it and they need to start investigating and prosecuting those who trick them, IMO. There are security risks regardless how well software is made. Patient names, dictated S.S. numbers, etc. It's creepy, if you ask me. Anyone can jot the stuff down and they would not be accountable to an American court.
As long as Americans tolerate it, it will continue. Most aren't even aware of it and when you tell them, they're shocked and angry.
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One of the reasons the work is sent to India at night is because very few MTs will work past 6 p.m. I work a split shift and am shocked at how many MTs will only work between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mon-Fri (not 12 hours but only hours between those.) Even when they are hired for one weekend day which is the way it is supposed to be now for new hires they don't show up on their weekend day and there are very few of us who work past 6 p.m. If American MTs want the work they have to work all shifts. If you are new in a company you get the crappy shifts and days until you work your way up after being their for awhile. That's they way it is in corporate America-why do MTs think its not they way for them?
The American QA is out the door too. they are using their MEs from India
to do the QA on the foreign based MT and the MEs suck just as bad as the MTs do.
Heartland was started in India and American MTs should
Valuable lesson learned. Never go to work for a company that is based on offshoring because they'll simply pull the rug out from under you. I don't mean to sound heartless and I wish I had jobs to offer all the American MTs but I don't.
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 profitable. -- from the article.
Those of us in the business a long time knew where their center of business was located from the beginning.
It's less an American co with branch in India, than an Indian
American Indian vs a person in India. nm
Let me sum it up for you, 80% of work is done in India, they just laid off a bunch of American
QA people, some of which were hired only a few months before they were fired, and they just now fired a lot of their upper management. Something is in the wind at Focus and it smells like crap! Don't work there. If you do decide to ignore the warnings, don't believe anything they tell you! They lie to you right up until they call and fire you.
Why in the world are American MTs working for India who treat you so disrespectfully?
Looks American but isnt. All MT work done in India. Hosps in IL dont know. Bound to fall.
This is all part of the cost-saving plan..first, send your American MTs work to India so we sit here
with nothing and then manipulate the way the lines are counted. Sounds like cost cutting at our expense to me.
I have friends who are still there and (sm)
are hating it more and more everyday. They are already putting out feelers for other companies and ask me how I like my new job. It's like day and night from SmartMed.
What? My friends?
Because of my good buddies, I don't have to pay any taxes. That makes them my bestest friends. As I trot around the globe on the backs of the working class, I'll flush the commode while flying over your state just to say a BIG HELLO!
Yea, try almost 60!!!! And my friends say I should go
India, Michael. The MT world is going to India. Wonder why? nm
try All Type. I have quite a few friends who
work for them part time and have raved about them.
If they were very close friends, yes I would let them know. sm
However, I would be very tactful in doing so. Maybe give them a hint to start looking for another company or job that you have some inside information...etc. If they don't get the hint, then just tell them.
Chances are the company may know this is coming and didn't tell the MTs. Most companies know when their contracts are up for bid or they are given 30-90 day notice the hospital dropping them. So, if the owners of the company do not have the common courtesy to let their MTs know, shame on them! It happens all the time in the corporate world.
Little bit of advice - do not get into gossipy detail, he said, she said. Just do it with diplomacy.
Good luck whatever you decide.
new friends - Winefred
Wow, thanks girls! I had a lot of response and appreciate it. Looking forward to chatting with all of you. Go TTer's!!
I used to be best friends with my boss (sm)
and let me tell you, there is always some guilt that goes along with your friend asking you to give up your weekends, time off, whatever, to work. I loved her dearly as a friend, but I don't seek out boss/employee friend relationships any more for this very reason.
Supportive? Yes! If we were friends...however,
My Friends are Happy
Not true, I got a few friends working at ATSI and they are getting better packages and salaries than most other companies and are quite happy there and they got plenty of work with salaries on time!
wow! one of my best friends is currently at Grady
He was admitted on Tuesday, still not discharged. I'll have to call him to see if he is aware of this dilemma.
To NM: The server wouldn't let me email you. I would love to have a fellow transcription friend!
I have several friends who are in bankruptcy
right now, mostly from the shenanigans over at Medquist. My dearest friend was so embarrassed and ashamed and felt it was a dishonorable thing to do. She had her back against the wall (she lost her house too, it was foreclosed) and I told her there is nothing dishonorable about falling on hard times. Perhaps all of the people who judge those who are having a tough go of it ought to remember that they have not walked in others' shoes.
Well, I agree and have other MT friends
and have enlightened each other ad nauseum. I don't think that I am just sitting around complaining, as I tried to be proactive in my situation and they DIDN'T want to hear from me, and DIDN'T care. I got the boot. There were others waiting to take my place - someone who is willing to be degraded and doesn't care, and management doesn't have to get my pesky e-mails.
As far as a large group of MT's standing up and fighting for ourselves, that would be great! Where do I sign up?
i had the same happend to me..not once but twice AND..I reccommended two friends and they had the
same issues. There are happy people there..I won't discount that..but certain accounts have some very poor leads and the whole company suffers for it. I never got an ID..I had to use 2 or 3 others that belonged to people who were off. When I refused to do that the second time..I had no job. To each their own. This board in particular deletes any negative about KS.
I have friends who used to work for FN and moved on. sm
FN has more than their share of ESLs and you very well know it. You are not only snippy, as someone said, you are condescending and misleading.
Good for you!!! Me too!! And I tell all my family and friends
I spoke to a clinic that is/was using it. They said it was the worst thing they had ever seen. You could actually have a rash on your face, but by the time the machine *reaches* out for the nearest sounding word, you may end up with some dread disease. And face it, nobody but nobody has time to READ EVERY REPORT FOR ACCURACY AND CORRECTNESS this day and time. Well, by golly, come to think of it, that's what MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS USED TO DO, before we were replaced by machines that can't spell or know a toenail from a hangnail in the grand scheme of things.
I'm like you, the first time I find something in my reports, they will hear from my lawyer. I won't even waste the time being on hold, calling the hospital or doctor.
does anyone have legal friends to help get us started?
When I talk to family and friends about this,
I have a couple of friends who work for them.
I can find out. Anyway, from what I gather you can pick your own hours. They do like for you to work 1 weekend out of the month and they do pay extra for that. The friend that works for them full-time is sounding more like she is regretting it because she is on an account with bad dictators and she is have way too much trouble getting her lines in. She says she has to work long hours just to be able to pay for her insurance. I was just talking to one their part-time employee today. He was talking about an ER account he was on and he seemed okay with it. Another girl at our office looked into it for part-time work and she said they were very unorganized and they did not deliver her what they promised. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.
For Scribbles and his/her union friends
If you really want to know how to form a union, check out the link below for the AFL/CIO. You'll need to pick a union with which to affiliate. They have a list with contacts. They also have state/local federations of labor with contacts. You'll also need a professional union organizer to help you. There's a form you can fill out to get in touch with one.
SEIU split from the AFL/CIO and is a healthcare union. Find a web page for a local in your area, and they can give you the same information as above.
These are the people who can really answer your questions and help you. I'm betting, though, that you just want stay on these boards to stir the pot and whine.
Or the gain of their friends and suckups. They don't
buddies do. Or else they could care less and let people pick and choose as they please so what's the difference. Some get the cream while the others get the crap.
Need experienced input here from my friends....sm
I have started work with a lovely, growing company, the owners/managers are extremely lovely, helpful, flexible bosses, and my main account is a Surgical Center, which I love. The line rate is good, but here is my quandry....I can only get paid once a month, at the end of the month, and with a family of five, we really need that bi-weekly check, the budget is just too tight. Does anyone else get paid this way, or am I being totally stupid....pay is by GROSS LINE, a line is a line, 8.5???? Thanks in advance for everyone's opinion!
Not them but CorT bounced my friends 3 checks. nm
Had many friends in the QA dept who all left about the same time.
AND...yes, I do believe them!
I had a couple friends work for her OMG she is HORRIBLE!!
She is new to running a company (within the last couple years) and is pretty clueless. She just isnt cut out to do it. I ended up hiring one of her MTs that she thought was awful and is one of my best editors. Quite ridiculous really. I would steer as far away as you possibly can. If you DO decide to work for her, do NOT quit the job you have or you will end up in a bad situation. Very few stay with her. Just honest words and hopefully helpful info. Sorry to slam on her so bad and I really do not like doiing that to companies, but she is honestly the most hateful and incompent MTSO I have EVER heard of.
So you can believe an anonymous person who is friends with the owner
when they say it isn't so, but you believe an anonymous poster who says they are losing the account? If you have concerns call the company. You've come here many times in the past and griped about this company. You have the right to do so, but you're still with the company. Could it be that they are one of the best companies out there, not perfect, but better than most?
True - but OSI promotes friends & relatives
when there are clearly more experienced, capable people who only want a chance to do something more. OSi usually has the person they want lined up already but only post the job to make it look like they have open job post. You are the kind of manager everybody would like to work for. Thank you for your comments.
Or Arbonne. I am now hiding from friends and family
who think Arbonne will make them rich. I don't want to sell anything. I don't want to buy anything I can't afford. They are starting to scare me, like some sort of comestic zombies in Day of the Dead or something.
I have worked for both -- still have friends at Precyse and find
them both to be about the same as far as consistency in work. Usually if I'm running low, then they are too. However, Precyse has the better platform IMO.
I have at least 5 friends who have gone to school and then quit because it was hard!
My friends don't even extend 'girls' night out'
they know I'll turn down the invitation due to lack of funds for dinner out. The only outing I've had ALL summer was an evening at the art museum, and that's only because one friend is a member, and got me in free on their membership pass.
The hospitals that I have worked at and the ones that friends of mine work for sm
all have a two week delay between the last day of the pay period and the payday. Same exact lenght - ends on the 30th, pays on the 15th.
I am not trying to argue, but I don't understand what you find wrong with this. The companies (all of them) need time to bill their clients and to process payroll. Some of the smaller ones probably have to wait to get paid too.
I work for KS and get paid on time every two weeks. The consistency is important to me as a single parent. I tried working for a small company but found that they had to wait to get paid and unfortunately, GMAC would not wait for me to wait to get paid. Going to a national like KS solved that problem and I can count on getting paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.
New Trans Tech employee looking to make friends with ....sm
other happy Trans Tech employees. It has been such a loooong choosing process, but I am feeling so happy about this decision, thanks to all who helped me out, especially Donna, and Debbie is a fantastic-sounding boss. Looking forward to getting started, give me a yell if you can!
Wow. One of my friends was thinking of applying there. I'll have to caution her!
I had no idea they were so bad! They offered me a position a year ago, but I turned it down and ended up going with Keystrokes, and I'm glad that I did! They kick you off the system when there is low work? That's screwed up!
I have to agree with OP. I have several relatives/friends in the medical field...sm
doctors as well as nurses...my mother is a nurse...and they all rotate weekends.
I agree why can't we rotate weekends like everyone else. I have been working Sunday through Thursday for years and frankly I'm a little tired of it but this is what I'm asked to work so I do.
And I have asked to rotate weekends but the supes just won't agree to it...I'm starting to think it's too much of a scheduling nightmare for them to try and remember who works when and that it's just easier this way.
Remember Janice on Friends? oh.....my..... Gwawd! (nice try) nm
I guess I do ... well worth it for business, plus I make tons of LD calls to friends/family. nm
Amphion, Medware, eTransPlus, Charts in Time (CIT), Focus, possibly NEMT, our OSI friends, Prof.
offshore to India, it's OFFSHORE (off shore), not outsource to India.