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Also love ExText even though the line counts can be low. Easy to use! nm

Posted By: NM on 2007-05-08
In Reply to: Love ExText platform but not sure about companies as I'm an IC. nm - ER MT


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Yes to old reports! Their ExText has all the regular functions except line counts are done on line
Is it easy to get high line counts? sm
Do you find it easier, same, harder than other companies you've been with to produce high line counts?

What type of Expander software to they use?

Do you have to do a lot of looking up demographics or does everything prefill?

I love ExText. Why do you say run? It is fast, easy to use sm
and my line counts are right on the money (verified often).

General statements can be misleading. Just because YOU had a bad experience, why tell people to run from a platform that is used by literally thousands and hospitals????
I love ExText, others don't. It'll eat a report once in a while, but otherwise it's easy to
Line Counts and EXText
I work for a company that uses Dictaphone EXText.  They deduct 30% off our total line counts for headers and footers, saying they will not pay for it because we do not type it.  Of course, we do type it and the template is very time consuming (looking up referrals, etc).  Do you think the headers and footers are 30% of the documents?  It does not sound right to me. 
Why Extext line counts are usually less
Most companies set up the line count to deduct a flat percentage which is supposed to guesstimate how much the headers and footers would be. I know - I used to work very closely with a top person for a very popular/unpopular company that is mentioned on here quite a lot. One of the reasons I left that company was because they used Extext to basically rip off their MT's. I have made my rounds with quite a few nationals and I would have to say that Extext is used in this way by most companies. They deduct a flat percentage. And by the way - counting spaces etc? Don't count on that either. The flat percentage that is deducted for headers and footers also is padded even more. It is a sad state of affairs. You can be certain that they charge the MTSO's a pile of money and it does not reflect in the MT's paycheck. I have my own clients now. Too much hassle with these companies ESPECIALLY those that use Extext which is the perfect format to rip off the MT's.
ExText line counts
I have heard so much about the line discrepancy with ExText and how it is cheating MTs on their lines.   Check your lines with Abacas or TextTally.   Very accurate counting systems and are free downloads.   Does anyone question this with the company or hospital?   It is pretty sad to spend 30 minutes on a long note and then see that you are getting paid for about 20 lines.   There are better companies out there who do not take away lines from MTs.   Ask if they use ExText and then RUNNNNNNNN.  Also, many companies will set up the system to give the minimum lines to the MTs but are charging their accounts the maximum.   Ask questions and ask for verification of your lines.  There are some good companies out there who are honest and fair.
As for line counts on ExText, sm....
that depends on the client and/or MTSO and how THEY configure it to count lines on THEIR END....My last job was on ExText with this client out of florida.....the MTSO had it to where that thing did NOT count spaces, headers, etc....it was SO HARD to get line counts on it, but of course, that was because of the dishonest, full of Indian filled, MTSO.
Is it easy to get line counts on Precyse radiology accounts?? sm

anyone using dial up with radiology accts, are you getting good line counts?  i've done a search on archives and reading info about the company.  anyone else radiology-wise care to share their experience?


Line counts not great on ExText, IMO.
No idea why but seems to be the case for me.
I work for TT, low line counts on ExText for me. nm
Line counts with Dictaphone EXtext

How long should it take to get up to a decent daily line count with Dictaphone EXtext. I have started with a new company and it is not looking good yet. I am hoping it gets better and I can get up to 150 lph.  I have had my share of ESL doctors also so far, but they have been okay.  Thanks for any help or suggestions. 




ExText Users: Can we look up line counts per report?
I, too, went from MQ to TT, and line counts are much harder to get at TT with Dictaphone ExText.

I have always been called *firey fingers*, so know it is not me, as I am very fast and accurate on the keyboard.  Line count continually gets harder to achieve.  I know it depends on how the company has Dictaphone set the line count parameters -- whether to pay headers, footers, spaces, demos, normals, expanders, etc.

Also speech recognition using ExSpeech at TT is so cumbersome and awful.  Really made good money and line count with DQS speech editing.  Just must my opinion.  Other comments would be interesting.

If Ichart deducts 8% from ExText line counts, you are actually not getting paid for spaces

It is the equivalent of a 70.2 character line with spaces, 65  characters without spaces. 

It's the ExText software. Easy to use. Has it's own expander, if you want, and line counting b
I love it. It is fast, easy to learn and easy to use.

I work on Extext and get my own counts.
Feel free to e-mail me.
ExText was one of them. Not sure if the only one. ExT is very easy. nm
Line counts - the lower the line count requirements
the harder the account and problems with trying to get production off the platform the company uses.
Dictaphone ExText is quick and easy.
Is this for acute care?
This is Dictaphone's ExText and very easy to learn. Have
I believe Transnet is how ExText is connected. Easy to use. Most demographics are
Keystrokes has very few accts on line using ExText. Most use Cphones/2nd line. Lots of Rad
TransTech and Keystrokes also offer some Dictaphone ExText accts. Very easy to
It is easy once you are used to it. I love it! xx
Yes, I use it and love it. No problems, easy
a real breeze. Highly recommend it. They have a 30 day free trial - try it out and see how you like it. I wouldn't work as an IC without it.
I love putting my counts in, because I can see what I am making at any given time

The system will calculate your pay and it is really neat.  My last company just paid me from counts they obtained from the hospital and I had no way to check it.   It takes 3 minutes (or less) to enter the line counts and it has made a big difference to me.  

Transcend is a great company, I have seen (and been with) a lot of bad ones.  I consider Time Trax to be an advantage over the rest. 

How do you get paid now - do you trust your company to tell you your lines?

Yeah, I love them too, except the real easy ones are being
Love Ex-Text - easy to learn
I was down about the account last week but now love it. It was easy to get used to. The first sm
day was really rough, the second was a just as bad but 2 weeks into it and I really like it. My counts are good too, averaging right around 1400 lines a day, which is good for these old fingers. Docuscribe is great, but I have worked on it before for the big Q.
Great place - ExText is easy to learn and user friendly. Good pay. Nice, COMPETENT people.
Getting line counts up

I recently was hired for a national company, after having worked in-house for about 5 years in a physical therapy clinic.  I'm still in the training status.  Every day when I check my line count, I cannot believe it!  It's in the 200-250 area.  I know I'm slow, having to look up almost all drugs, many procedures, etc., and I'm adding to the expander program every day, but I don't see how I can get a lot faster.  We don't get credit for header information and oftentimes this takes several minutes to look up, add to, correct.

Any suggestions/comments are welcome!


Line counts

Does anyone out there or has anyone out there worked for Transtech Medical Solutions and if so could you provide some input on their line counts and why there are 3 different platforms to figure your lines that give you 3 different figures and final line count is lower than those 3 platforms.  Any info would be appreciated.


Be that as it may but have you have problems with your line count W?
line counts
I was given $10 guaranteed hourly for the first pay period, unless I did more than the 12,000 lines. That was a joke because I, like you, was, and still am, getting awful dictators. I did not make the 12,000 line requirement until 5 pay periods later. You will get there.....eventually. I can only dream what my line count would be if I had some decent dictators!
Line Counts
Line counts are pretty easy to get.  I don't have any problem, but of course, the longer you are with any company/account, the easier line counts get.  They require 150 lph, but they aren't sticklers about it, if you don't.  (It took me a few months to get to 150, but then after that, 175-180 is about the norm).  They let you pick your schedule.  They are pretty flexible with that.  I work a split shift and it works out great.  They have excellent shift differentials.  They use Shorthand as their Expander and if you're already using it, you can transfer it in.  They have quality equipment.  You don't spend a lot of time waiting.  As far as demographics go, for the most part, it all pre-fills.  Occasionally, you will get a patient you have to look up the name for, but it's easy and doesn't take long.  It's an easy system to get used to, as well.  You don't have to have 6 different windows open to do one thing.  They have normals and examples easily available for different dictators, etc.  Overall, it's definitely worth applying and taking the test.  (The tests have caused problems for some folks - there's a written one and then 3 or 4 dictation samples).
Line counts

I sure did not have trouble getting between 250-350 lines per hour when I was with MDI at 11 cpl.  I quit to take a radiology position that pays gross.  The Bayscribe platform is very user friendly and I never had trouble with any of my accounts (2). 

Line Counts
I average 250-300+ lph on my acute care account at MDI.
line counts
I most certainly did read it.  I was stating that when I paste report into Word it does agree with the DQS line count, not that it does not agree. 
Line counts

It really depends on how many characters you do in a day.  For instance, if your total chars are 50,000 - then divide that by 65 csl and you get 769 lines total.  And the same for a 72 csl - divided by 72 would be 694 lines total.

So the more chars you type the more lines it turns out to be.  Figure 85,000 chars would get you 1,307 lines!


Line counts

Again, I want to ask what can be done bout something... The way are lines are calculated by the MTs is to take 24 x the number of reports we have done in a day and that is just a guesstimate I am told.  The owner has a line-counting program called Docu-Count and we do not have have access to that program.  Again, when we get our paychecks.. it just shows the line count but we have no way of knowing exactly what our line count is compared to the what the owner comes up with.  I have asked a person there at the office who helps with payroll and explained that my line counting program comes up a lot more than the one they use at the office and the response to me was I have to go.  Does anyone besides me find this odd and know what I can do about it.. Im afraid to ask him for fear that I will lose my job and I need this job right now.  TIA.   

line counts

Well, that's good to know.  Do you know if we are paid for the headings in the report? I think that might make the difference.  I literally go from one IC job in the morning, making right at 300 lph, to struggling for 200 to 225 at Precyse.  If we are paid for the headings (which we should be, because they don't appear out of thin air and they all take at least 3 keystrokes), then maybe I'm just too tired to pull off 300 lph at a second job. 

TT Line counts

Since the Ichart line counting program for TT has been having problems, I have noticed that my line counts have gone down.  Has anyone else experienced this problem?  I am starting to get worried about it.




line counts
anyone working for TTS having trouble with their line counts?
TTS line counts
An email was sent out to all about that earlier. It appears to be an ongoing issue with Dictaphone, and probably something they have no control over. I am sure they will get it straightened out soon, they can't afford not to.
Line counts
Let me ask you this then, to whose benefit is this equipment geared to - not to increase an MTs productivity, give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ichart service, Dictaphone can help you assess the true cost of your current transcription infrastructure.

Past audits have revealed some of the following billing discrepancies:

Inadequate Billing Detail.
No true MT line counting standards for billing.
Challenging Audit Trail and Process.
Special Characters Can Inflate Line Counts By 15%.
Invisible Characters Can Inflate Line Counts Up To 20-40%!
Poorly Designed Templates can lead to Excessive Line Counts.
Multi-page Reports can Drive Excessive Characters and/or hidden words.
Line Counts

Not too long ago there were numerous posts regarding Transtech and the line count situation.  I was just wondering if any TransTech employees are still experiencing discrepancies with their line counts.


Line Counts
Nope...no problems now or ever. The Dictaphone system might lag from time to time, but it's not TransTech's fault. It's no big deal at all. All we have to do is just wait a couple of hours and the lines count program calculates out. There's just a short lag. I've never lost so much as a character.
line counts
Do you use your own line counter and if so what kind do you use?
line counts are off
If you dont use you own counter to compare then of course you would not notice a discrepancy but if you use your own line counter and your counts are close to what I-Chart then what line counter are you using.