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Equipment bought by Keystrokes

Posted By: Beth on 2006-04-05
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Anyone who can help with a telephone number for  Keystrokes please e-mail me.  I sent her a Lanier 219 unit one month ago today and even after several reassurances I'd be sent a check for the agreed-upon amount, still haven't gotten paid for it.  I understand there has been sickness with several people in the company and other difficulties last month, but I'm getting really worried.  Thanks very much!

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Keystrokes BOUGHT an...
According to my dictionary transcriber is a person. It only takes a second to look it up.
Keystrokes Equipment
It's true, and it is a new policy, Keystrokes no longer supplies any equipment.  You have to have your own C-phone or Lanier.
Keystrokes equipment
They asked on my application last week if I needed equipment whether I'd be interested in renting it from them, on loan. They just don't provide it free of charge.
Keystrokes BOUGHT an office rather than renting, moved
less than 20 miles away, kept the same phone number and sent out the address changes after settled in. What is wrong with that? Do we need to keep everyone in on every detail? If so, I should tell you that we added 14 phone lines to the dictation system.

Management has only added people and changed TWO in FOUR years. What company, in and out of transcription, has the same management team in place forever? People move on to other companies, other careers, take time off, etc.

No wonder the owners tell us all just to ignore the boards; some of the posts are ridiculous.

Just as an aside so you know the proper terminology, a transcriber is a machine; transcriptionists are the humans.
Focus bought by Nuance/Dictaphone, DRC bought by Acusis. nm
What I just bought
Go to stedmans.com and get the AAMT Book of Style and also the Stedman's Spellchecker CD-ROM. They will bill you for these, and you will be happy that you bought them! You will also love working at home if you can pace yourself and refuse to be distracted, especially with the price of gasoline as it is.
Is all of this because when MQ bought YOG SM
they continued to pay the MT's what they were receiving at YOG, which was more than MT's at MQ made? Now everyone will be making the same amount or less?

I don't work for MQ, so I don't know, this is just what I gathered talking to friends.
They were bought out by MQ. NM
This is the co that was bought by the guy from ddi
that left when MQ bought them
Well, I bought one
and got the reimbursement. I work at home, but I still drive.
Bought it new. It is an HP.
I was with the co they bought and we had sm

a nice situation.  Here comes the CEO promising us we were going to know every day how much we're valued, how important we are.  Not so.  For the first 6 months it was okay, hard to get used to all the management we suddenly had, but then things started going downhill.  Then the push with the VR.  Seems to me that most of our work is going to be VR work and they're probably aware they pay more than the other companies - so it will not surprise me at all if they take that away now.

I hate these town hall calls, They never contain anything good for the people who are doing the grunt work.

HS bought out by Spheris
I was working for Healthscribe when Spheris bought them out; I have to say that I have had nothing but a positive experience with them thus far.  We don't seem to be micromanaged; quite the contrary.  I can get up and walk around to stretch my legs and at times am gone for 20 minutes or so and no one calls me or e-mails me.  Communication is wonderful from my supervisor on up to management.  The only downside is that they are so short-staffed that there is mandatory overtime for the radiology accounts so if you want to make $$$, this would be the place to go.  Hope this is helpful. 
I believe Transcend bought MDI?
Duh, they bought Heartland...
When we bought our van last year,
But the cost was $10,000 higher than the Toyota. We're not talking a small amount here - $10,000 difference (more if we would have added the extras to the Dodge, that were standard on the Toyota). As soon as the prices of the American cars start coming down, people will buy them. Right now - it's more expensive to buy American, with worse quality and no standard features - everything is extra. Very disappointing and COSTLY.
Do you think that MDI is the same since they were bought by Transcend? sm
I have thought of going back (left a few years ago and took a few years off after having twins nine months after another baby) but I am worried about that. I have a friend who works there and she is complaining a lot, but she tends to be a complainer so I am not sure what to do.

I also was on clinic notes and prefer radiology. Maybe they are doing more rad. I do remember seeing that they were paying a sign-on bonus.

I am just looking for some answers before I make the wrong move.
SPI bought CyMed....US MTs look out....
They will tell you not to worry.....all the while transitioning your job to an MT in India or Manila.    Get out while you can!
Is Accuscribe still out there or have they been bought out? nm
Anybody know anything about who SPI supposedly bought yet?
I really hope its not Medware.
Acusis bought out DRC . .nm
Acusis bought DRC.
Not only that, but maybe the reason they bought DRC & are looking - sm
to buy many others, has nothing to do with quality US transcription. Maybe they want to eliminate US-based companies so that the clients will have NO choice. It could end up being a choice between - Indian or Pakistani?
Maybe South African or Filipino?
Turkish or Chinese?
I also tried it. Even bought the latest..sm
version they claimed to be so much better etc. I tried it and it was a complete waste of time and money. It does not work like they say and I spent a considerable amount of time with it. IT is the way to go. Much more worth it and so much easier.
They were just bought out by Webmedx. nm
Won't see that. They were bought out by Nuance. NM
I just bought yesterday,
some Phillips iPod ear buds from Walgreen's for $20 and I LOVE them! They have 3 different size ear buds you can attach with a little spongy rubber ring that cancels out all background noise. They are comfy, too, as they finally made a small enough ear bud to fit in my little ears. Definitely worth a try!
There is only one MDI now (MDI-MD). The other MDI in FL was bought by Transcend. nm
They were bought by Transcend. nm
When was the last time you bought a car? sm
Depending on the car, the loan can be up to 72 months.
You know that bought your company so
1 of our fearless leaders did not have to leave TN. True.
Pro-Type not bought by CyMed
I currently work for ProType and they were not bought by any national company.  They are a private owned company that is very good to work for.  No offshore outsourcing done at all.  I don't know who Cymed is but they are not connected to ProType in PA at all.  I would know since I currently work for them. 
Transcend bought MDI-Florida....sm
I haven't heard of MDI in Georgia. 
Heartland is finally bought...

Spheris purchases Heartland Information Services... more to come later this week

No communication. They were bought out by Transcend and it has sm
not been good. I used to love working there but now hate every minute of it. I think that they sold out.
If MQ bought the company I work for........
I would quit anyway.
Unfortunately. Transcend bought MDI Florida and now it is as
bad as Transcend.  Was the best company out there when it was a smaller privately owned company and Liz was in charge.
SPI is the company who bought CyMed
Philippines/India/US co. from what I understand
They got bought out by MQ years ago, about 1999.
Maybe they're next in line to get bought out........ nm
I just bought one for $150 on Ebay. If you don't want to do it, don't apply. sm
Plenty of us want to work somewhere that has a lot of work and pays well. I have been with Keystrokes for 22 months and find that to be true. I just bought a c-phone to have a back-up one in case my old one has a problem.

My long distance is through my cable company and is the same as my regular bill was from AT&T that did not cover long distance and charged me to call my sisters who are all within 50 miles of me.
Before DeVenture bought the co. I worked for...

They had loaded our machines with an Expander called Abbreviate!,  Stedman's dictionary, and hooked us up with Quick Look drug reference, so those are the things I use...as well as the auto correct.  The Abbreviate though--it does interfere with one of my remote desktop connections to a certain hospital, don't know why, and it's a HUGE bummer because that's where all my lengthy expansions are, so it forces me to type in word on my machine, and then do the ol' copy-and-paste maneuver into the hospital's system.  Total bummer and time waster, but what can ya do sometimes. 

Just bought one from Dell, asked to have XP on it and
they said they still have a few with XP on it. If you can't find one you will just have to buy XP and have Vista removed from the new computer and then install XP.
I bought a Porche for 1,000 one year and
then it was so powerful with the varoom, varoom I did not want to drive it, afraid it would get away from me. Had for about a year and made my money back on it.
MDI-MD? Weren't they bought by Transcend?
that's right, MDI-FL bought by Transcent a while back
MDI-FL is not related in any way to MDI-MD. I don't even know if Transcend still calls that branch MDI-FL or not.
WMX bought M-TEC, which is not an MTSO, but a MT school.
Medware bought by iMedX

Has anyone else worked for iMedX after they bought their employer's company? Software is called TurboFlow. Any good? Overall how do you like working for them, good and bad.

Transcend bought MDI for 16 million. sm
So I guess they have to make some of that money back. I am pretty discouraged too as I have heard absolutely nothing from Transcend about what my pay is going to be. Guess does not look too good right now since they cut pay for their existing employees. Never been able to get a straight answer about the range of what I will be making, so assuming that means it will be low.
You can rent a C-phone or Lanier unit from them, but you have to provide your own computer. You have to pay your own LD charges. No benefits as we are statutory employees. I've been with MDI for 18 months and have been very happy there.
Just hired.  They require a $40 dollar lease payment a month for special pedal needed.