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they switched to Emdat and now pay 7 to 8 cpl

Posted By: including spaces. nm on 2009-09-01
In Reply to: Whatever happened to Phoenix Medcom? SM - Philo


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Hired by Emdat or using Emdat software?
I was of the impression that Emdat was software, not a transcription company. Were you hired by Emdat to do transcription for Emdat customers? Or is the company for whom you work just using the Emdat software? Thank you.
Spheris MTs, any out there who switched from TWS to SM
Clarity/Cornerstone and to ShortHand care to comment?  Good, bad, same?  Please share....thanks.  
Baited and switched
I don't like Transcend. Applied for one position and got another which was one of the worse accounts I have ever had in my entire career!! They must have a hard time getting and keeping people on that account. Anyway, I didn't like the way I got set up so I quit.
Has anyone switched from MQ to SoftScript?
and if so, how did it go? Any info would be greatly appreciated :) TIA! :)
Hi there, I worked out of Nashville, too. I have been switched around SM
between several CSCs due to closings. This one seems okay, at least the office staff is friendly.
I also have lost a lot of lines when we switched to DQS. SM
It seems like everyone else loves it and makes big lines but I haven't had that experience at all. I think it bites in a big way.
Those who have switched from Transcend to Amphion
Can I hear from those who have switched from Transcend to Amphion about how their pay is, have they made the same or lost money.  How do you like it there  and how is the WORK FLOW?
Nice people, but I was switched from
account to account because they ran out work. I also agree with Regina about the non-stop e-mails, etc.--too much distraction during the work day. They pay on time as agreed, but not too much. I'd say keep looking.
Here's a funny for you. I switched professions at age 48.....

I jumped into MT from a accounting/administrative secretary work. Got sick of the backstabbing and college graduates booting out all the oldies who knew their jobs. I was next.

I have no desire to go out there for a regular job. What I see in stores and shopping reminds me too much of people at places I used to work, so even Wal-Mart, etc. doesn't turn me on.

My dream is to hit the lotteryand retire...fat chance since I never play... LOL

If you like to be switched on accts all the time.
Switched to an IC job at 8 cpl, great dictators, no ESL
I would completely disagree with you. I switched
from radiology to acute care, and the difference was overwhelming. Switching from a specialty or even a few specialties to doing acute care, which involves ALL specialties & procedures & dozens if not hundreds of different dictators, is a big big change. I think your post would most definitely mislead newbies.
Old posts say you get switched around a lot and the software is clunky. What about
That is absolutely correct which is why I switched to IC. I had the same situation.
Switched once, all together 6-7 accounts, awful quality
QA could not have been nicer, could usually fill my blanks, but when you can't get a handle on a dictation from the first sentence and it's all downhill from there, I didn't want my initials on those reports. I emphasize all the positives I stated about the company. If someone wants a real challenge with every report, and expects it to take a while before comfortable with the dictators, it could be a nice home. I just could not make enough to pay my bills.
Yes! Just switched 3 weeks ago from IC to employee and hating it! nm
I switched to flexible to keep my options open. (sm)
So far I am finding the platforms others have out there are not allowing me to make as much money as I did with MQ even with the cess pool. I work for a great company now, truly fantastic people, but their platform is slow and often down for one reason or another.

I am going to give it a little longer, but may be calling to crawl back to FT with MQ when I am eligible to change classifications again. I switched from FT to PT and then flex so I am sure I will have to wait a year before I can swap around again.

I would think now is an extremely good time to at least call them and check it out. What have you got to lose?
So are you saying your account has not been switched over to a Transcend platform yet?? Thanks! nm
Any Warminster MTs have any thoughts on the email about getting switched to the NE region. Just
wonder what you think about the whole thing.
If you've switched companies, encourage the rest!

If you've decided to join us in the fight to keep our confidential health information and MT jobs in the states and not sent overseas, PLEASE let us know and help encourage others to do the same.  I recently have and currently work for MDI-MD.  We really need to keep encouraging each other to make the move.  If you're not sure if a company outsources to either Pakistan, India, or the Philippines, just ask here.  We'll help figure it out for you!

Let's not quit and let this just remain a hot topic for a week or so!  WE HAVE TO COME TOGETHER!  Remember, if you take a cent less in pay, it's well worth it to help an American MT-based company prosper and help these companies that are more concerned about money than Americans' jobs lose MTs and possibly large accounts that these American MT-based companies could have a chance at acquiring.

This is US TAKING A STAND!  I just want to encourage you all to truly consider this. 

The companies I know of that definitely don't outsource offshore right now after THOROUGH research are Keystrokes, Axolotl, MDI-MD (where I work).  I'll keep researching.  Just remember to post here if you are questioning a company.  I'm still researching others and am including Pakistan and the Phillipines in my searches.

I'm contacting medical facilities in my area (Pennsylvania) to let them know that their confidential medical information could possibly be outsourced offshore and to consider helping keep jobs in America by researching their MTSO and hire a company that doesn't do this.  If you feel inclined to reach medical facilities in your area/state, PLEASE do this for all of your fellow MTs.  I know there is at least one of you in each state on this board! 

We had a ton of people in our office quit because of the low line count on DQS when switched from
another DOS platform to DQS. Same account, same doctors LESS lines.
I was switched from one heavy ESL acct to another and couldn't get the lines, so I bailed. Other
I've never used Netcare, but Emdat is great!  Easy to learn, easy to use.  I honestly have no complaints about it.   
oh thank God! I thought it was just me. I worked for a half-day or so on a trial basis for a company using this platform several years ago and i never got how it could NOT stink!! I though it was because they send IMs every two seconds about the weather........but I spent more time on that platform trying to get it to work than I ever did transcribing anything.
Im so glad it was not just me. Emdat - never, ever again.
7 cpl on Emdat
In defense of Allegiant, this is without a doubt the PERFECT job for me. I work whenever I feel like it, nobody bothers me, and I'm only obligated to transcribe 500 lines in 24 hours.

I worked for a large company and made 10 cpl. I had constant interruptions with emails and IMs from an idiot supervisor. I had to research new drug names and instruments and procedure names on just about every report. I was tickled if I transcribed 150 lph. I worked for a smaller company and made 9 cpl and spent half my time with my foot on the backup pedal trying to understand ESLs. By the time my shift was over my head was splitting. I work for Allegiant, make 7 cpl and average 250 lph without breaking a sweat. Not too shabby. JMHO.
What is Emdat? (sm)
Please, what is Emdat?  Also are you limited to transcribing 500 lines per day or can you do as much as you want?  Thanks. 
7 cpl on EMDAT

We pay significantly more than that at Lee Perfect.  If you have 5+ yrs exp in a clinical/hospital setting that is current/recent.  I would love to see your resume!!!!

Karen Sorensen

QA Account Manager

Not a fan of EMDAT

I had the same problem.  I cannot stand typing using the F1 function keys.  I would call technical support where you purchased the foot pedal from and tell them your problems.  If the foot pedal does not work on your computer then get your money back.  I cannot stand EMDAT.

Former EMDAT user.


Lee Perfect out of Chicago and Allegiant out of Indiana use EMDAT religiously.  Apply there.  They are ALWAYS hiring!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know that Greenlight Transcription out of Oregon does, Phoenix Medcom, and Allegiant. All three are good companies and they always pay on time every time!
EMDAT is a platform that MTs use to type notes. It is very user friendly, but you have to set up your own auto correct. Your regualr auto correct from MS Word will not work, which I did not like at all. You have to purchase a separate foot pedal from the other USB pedals and it costs right at $100.00. Good luck!

The owner makes excuses as to why she has not done this or that.  Some like it, but her pay is very low and no feedback for QA.  I think you only get paid if she does by her clients.  Do not know for sure though.

Can anyone tell me about Emdat? I have an IN-DB9 pedal.  Is that compatible?  Thanks in advance!
Not true.  I worked for a company using Emdat for a short time and I did not have to buy a special pedal.  I used my USB pedal, the same pedal I have used for numerous jobs.  However, I personally did not care for Emdat.  It conflicted with my version of Word. 
You might want to try Professional Dictation Associates (I think that is the name of the company). They pay over 8 cents off QA but why you would want to work on an Emdat system is beyond me. I hate it. I think that is one of the worst VPN ever, but that's just me. I know there are MTs out there who like it. I'm just not one of those.
Can anyone tell me how EMDAT is to work with? PC requirements, foot pedal, etc?  Thanks!
I like Emdat
I've been working on it for about two years now - no real problems, very user friendly.
I find your post interesting because I am a fairly new MT and Emdat is all I have ever known.  What do you feel is bad about it and what platforms do you like better? I'm really curious.  I feel like I've got it pretty good, but if there's something better, I would love to check into another opportunity.

I was offered a job using EmDat and have never used that before.  Is it a good platform and easy to use?  Can you get your line counts okay on this or does it slow you down.  Any information would be appreciated.  Thanks.

This is a great platform IMO! I found it very easy to use and very, very easy to get my lines in and then some! The only down side (if you want to look at it that way) is that for most companies now a days you have to have a special EMDAT only foot pedal to work with them instead of the old school use it with Express Scribe and multiplatform foot pedal. Good luck!

I am having trouble too but what area are you in.  Comcast has a major outage in Pennsylvania, part of Delaware and part of New Jersey.

Emdat is not very good when you have fast speakers. You are not able to control the speed at all.
You most certainly can control the speed with EMDAT.  You must not have the correct version or something.


Greenlight Transcription in Oregon

Allegiant Transcription

Lee Perfect



Zylomed uses Emdat.
They use EMDAT, which I think is a decent platform.
The spell check sucks.  it is NOT MT Friendly and the line rates do NOT add up at all.  I hate it.
You need to download the program. You do not need a special foot pedal anymore. I have been using this for almost a year now, and both of my pedals work with no delay (settings). My sound is just fine and I can adjust easily. The spellcheck does stink though.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.  I have been working on the Emdat platform for over 6 years now with 4 different companies.  I have never used a foot pedal.  I use the function keys, F2 to start and stop, F3 to fast forward and F4 to rewind.  Piece of cake.  Very user friendly program. 
I disagree. I found/find EMDAT to be very user/MT friendly. I make my line counts very easily. I worked for a company making 2 cpl more using another platform than in my EMDAT job, but made more money per hour ($3 more per hour) at my lower paying EMDAT company. I hope this helps:)