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Transcription platforms: A poll

Posted By: just wunderin on 2007-08-19
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What company do you work for?

Is your transcription platform easy to learn and easy to use?  Do you have to go to multiple, multiple screens to enter data? 

How much downtime do you experience a day?  How many times a day do you have to work with tech support to straighten out problems?  How many times a day do you have to either reboot or fix problems that occur that you have learned how to do yourself? 

How many lines an hour or a day do you average?


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Transcription platforms
I am not sure this approach will work for you.  A company can have a good platform but unfriendly work rules and/or poor pay.  A company can have a less sophisticated platform but friendly work rules and/or reasonable pay.  Add to this that the good platform may be proprietary and not found anywhere else if the work rules and/or pay are not to your liking.  I agree that the sophistication and ease of use of the platform are important, but using that as the sole criteria may not lead you to a happy situation.  Personally, I admire DocQScribe very much, though not the speech recognition module, but as far as I know, that platform is proprietary to MedQuist.  Best of luck in your search.
Transcription Platforms

Anyone have any suggestions on a platform our company should use?


posting for the poll
SS and also proud of it!~
Poll: school vs. OJT, etc.

I was just curious....

How long have you been an MT?

Did you attend an MT school, or did you receive on-the-job training?

That's all for now.

If you were offered a job working for a company run by someone in another country such as India at .27/line would you take it ?
can we poll Heartlanders? Who has a job yet and who has a job that is better than the old one?
Best MTSO Poll
Who thinks they work for the best MTSO?  Of all the companies, lets see who gets the most votes.  I vote for Transcend.
That's why it's a poll :) . Trying to find out about
Let's take a poll-which platform are

you using at WMX?  Enterprise or Chartmatrix?  I think that's where the problem is.  I am thinking one side has no work and the other does.

Poll: Take or pass

After reading posts below here's the situation: IC at company presently for a while which has lots of work. Decided to take E-Trans plus for security of employee position. Husband provides benefits. After reading warnings below:

1.  Take and try out anyway, despite the negative feedback.

2.  Keep IC job and do as much as possible, as it has not been a problem there and no need to stir the pot.

Just confused and seeking feedback since new information has popped up on the board. I am like the newhire below and do not want to waste time if job no good! Thanks in advance for your advice.

They are conducting a poll on the politics board.  Please vote on it.
Poll question
As some of you may recall, I recently retired from MT.   I was wondering if the companies y'all work for would be more likely to hire newbies if they had an experienced mentor working with them?  I'm not trying to sell the service of mentoring but by way of explanation, I met a gal via the internet who is just finishing a course.  I think she would make an excellent MT and I would like to help her. As we all know, a graduate of many of the schools don't have a snowball's chance of getting hired.  I would appreciate your thoughts.
Taking a poll about VR

Do you use the mouse or the keyboard to maneuver through your VR documents?  Which one do you think is faster?

MDI Poll: How many MTs have resigned since the


Poll -- or pole dancing
Sorry had to give you a bad time.   All you are paying extra as an IC is 7.5% of the social security and you should be able to write off part of that.  You need to look at both, see if the IC offers something to make up the 7.5% you will be paying.  You also have to know that you have the capability of putting aside your own taxes and paying them if you do not have a husband that can overwithold them for you.  But again if it boils down to the scare of the taxes -- you only pay 7.5% more as an IC for the social security.  As an employee they withhold the taxes for you -- you still pay them. 
POLL: Best Company You Ever Worked For!!
Is the OSi I saw down further under the poll for the worst companies
the one in Atlanta? I just accepted a position with them and when I researched the archives, I saw good reports only about a month or so ago. Tell me this isn't the same one I am going to start working for!
Poll: Is your MTSO low on work (please name it).
POLL: Which companies are currently using Voice Recognition

I am currently looking to change companies, and from the posts I have seen, VR does not seem to be too popular, with a huge cut in cpl, so I want to put those companies at the bottom of my list. 


Could everyone please list their COMPANY NAME and if they are


  Currently using VR

 Planning to switch to VR soon


Any comments about cpl, how long it took to get back up to previous pay, and if you like VR would also be greatly appreciated. 


Thanks for your time.  





POLL:Worst company you ever worked for and why?


Poll: What % of base rate does your company pay for ME?
MQ - 70% of base rate for ME.
Poll: How long does it take your MTSO to cancel
preference poll ~ DocQscribe or Extext
First poll on what constitutes fair MT wages

The numbers are in from the weekend USMLSU poll regarding fair compensation for full-time US MT employees:

BY THE LINE:  All work types

  • $0.11 per line base starting pay for MTs with 10+ years experience and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment testing.
  • $0.095 per line base starting pay for MTs with 5-8 years experience, and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment transcription testing.
  • $0.085 per line base starting pay for MTs with 3-5 years experience and scores of 95% or higher on pre-employment testing.

BY THE REPORT - Radiology and Pathology

  • $1.10 per report for plain film radiology, CT, MRI, ultrasound
  • $1.25 per report for interventional radiology
  • $1.25 per pathology report


Hourly pay would benefit those of us who spend countless mandatory scheduled 8-hour shifts babysitting overstaffed, underproducing accounts with little to no transcription work to be done.  As it stands now, in order to sit in front of our PCs for 8 hours doing little to no work (because there is none), in order to be paid for this mandatory idle time we must work weekends or night shifts to make up pay and quota for benefits, or request to use precious PTO time in order to be paid to sit idely for 8 hours to fulfill an unreasonable request promised to the client by the company:

  • $18.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work - 10+ yrs experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hiring test.
  • $15.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work -  5-9 years of experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hireing test
  • $12.00 per hour base MT pay to monitor an account with little to no work -  3-5 years of experience and 95% or greater on MT pre-hiring test

Please email your comments/suggestions/opinions.

This was a limited poll. Post your comments on

the Initiative web site, which I cannot post here because they keep deleting it, so ask around.

The more voices that are heard, the more input received, the more realistic the figures will be.

The person that posted that there are union MTs making $28 hourly with full benefits must have typed that during cocktail hour.  It's not happening any where, especially not for at-home MTs who are paid by production and paid nothing when there is no work.

Poll on ChartScript- Would you mind telling your likes and dislikes? nm
DocQScribe is the best platform in my opinion - it's MT friendly (whether the company is ripping lines or not is another, ah, truth).  Really, though, just what were they thinking when they came up with BeyondTXT!  Good Lord!  eScription is good too. 
They have many platforms
Some accounts do require a C-phone or a Lanier and others are wav files. I do Radiology but they do have acute care and clinic. They offer FT, PT and IC. They are not as flexible as other companies I have worked for but they do try. I would rank them at the top of my list of companies.

Good luck!
They have 2 platforms, one of which is much better
If it is for the account I think it is for, it is the easy platform with good sound quality. I would look into it further before you make your decision.
Does MDI-FL have other platforms
besides Meditech.  If so, what are they and are they user friendly?
Do you know what platforms they use
for radiology? Pay usually by
line or exam? Dictators?
I believe that they use two platforms. sm
I work on the newer platform (TAe), and Instant Text DOES work with it just fine. =)

Hello all. I am the owner of a small (but very busy) transcription service here in the U.S. and am considering purchasing my own transcription platform. I currently lease the platform that my MT's are using. I would appreciate some info from anyone that is working on a web-based, non-FTP, MT friendly platform. I know that most larger transcription companies have proprietary platforms, so I am looking for one that I can purchase ready made. Any help is appreciated!!  Thanks!


May use other platforms, too. sm
Chances are Sten-Tel is the platform you will be using but have known companies that use Sten-Tel that also us other platforms, also. They are telliing you to keep track of your lines using the work count feature found under tools. 
They have several different platforms.
I only work on their eScription ones though.
It seems like anymore each company has their own platform anyway, so I don't think it's a big deal as long as you are a quick learner.
there are several platforms; which one are you on?
there are several platforms; which one are you on?
Not with platforms but know of a few with FTP. sm
Smaller MTSOs that do clinics and private practices typically have the M-F hours, but they don't often have platforms.
different platforms?
Does Webmedx still give you various platforms to transcribe on depending on the account. 
So when you say (i think it was Jill?!) you don't work for a company that uses platforms, what do you use? Just email? I am new to this, so bear with me please. Also, what do you do when you want to quit one company and go to another? I would want to give a notice, but isn't that hard, trying to do the 2 jobs at the same time?! Any info is appreciated.
I have 3 different platforms for 3 different
That's what I was going to say. Some platforms,
I heard of that with DocQscribe, for instance. But with DQS, you can safely copy & paste from Notepad, which strips out the formatting codes. So I've sometimes C&P'd something from Word into Notepad and then into DQS in order to circumvent the formatting/printing problem.
Can you say which VR platforms are best? sm
I have never done VR but I'm sure I will have to pretty soon, and I would like to know which of the VR platforms are good ones, and which are bad, from someone who has actually done it.
VR platforms
I think EditScript is the best platform I have used for VR. For one thing it seems to be more accurate at picking up dictation (what the doctor is actually saying and not a bunch of garbage) and not picking up asides (like the doctor greeting someone who comes in while he is dictating) Also you almost never have to take your hands off the key board and use the mouse There are short cut keys for everything I have averaged between 300-400 lines an hour and sometimes as much as 500 lines an hour. You can also speed the dictation up to 150% or more and it is not garbled.

Are there platforms that consistently:

1)  record a line count that matches what you show your line count to be


2)  function with minimal technical issues.

Anyone willing to provide specific and honest input on SoftScript's platform?

There are a few different platforms (see inside)
Here is what I know:

They have a different platforms, depending on what the hospital uses. They also use Beyond Text, which Transcend uses. Personally, I have been on BYT and while I like it, I prefer AIM.

They also have Meditech and Dictaphone text platform.
New To Emdat, Platforms, Etc.
Could someone please give me a brief tutorial on what to expect with national transcription companies? I am familiar with the .wav files, but am not exactly clear on the terms, Emdat and platforms. Is this just the method by which you pick up your dictations? Also, if you have your own Autocorrect/Autotext dictionary, are you able to use that as opposed to the company's? Any advice and information would be very much appreciated. Please E-mail if you can. Thanks!
Platforms are proprietary...
...and based on account. To my knowledge, there are three, distinguished by version number: 3.5, 3.8, and 4.0. This has come about through Spheris acquiring other transcription companies and assimilating their proprietary platforms.

I work on TWS 3.8. It's not bad, but it could be better. The Expanders are crude and it takes some time to build up a good collection of them. It won't correct for capitalization, i.e., changing the first letter of the first word of a sentence to upper-case a LA MS Word and other typical office word processing programs. It can be a bit crashy at times. Still, many people do very well with it, and I can't fault the training provided--though keep in mind, I was trained three years ago. There may have been changes since then.

Hope that helps.
And out of 3 different VR platforms, their BeyondTxt
Bad sound quality, way too many problems.
Junk platforms
Yep, me too.  Walmart, here I come!!! lol.  I think I may do well on the night shift! After all, I'm used to it!!!!!  HEEEE