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My opinion is a lot depends on the platform

Posted By: Mrs.M. on 2009-09-28
In Reply to: I understand completely what you mean. I am in the same boat....sm - lara

Not all are created equal.

IMHO, sEscription is the cream of the crop and I suspect it is the platform many of we high producers have been blessed to work on.


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Depends on which platform
Some are on ChartMatrix which I believe is okay. I am on another which is awful. Mine was supposed to get changed over to ChartMatrix a few weeks ago, but hasn't. I've tried asking when this is going to happen, but no one answers. Feel like I've been duped. Liked them, but feel used and stuck on this archaic system with no light at the end of the tunnel, when I was promised it was a short term platform for this account.
Depends on which platform you are using..sm
Merit is a propietary platform and you have to build you glossary...can't copy it over. Not sure about ExText.
It depends...which platform are you on? nm
all depends on what platform you are used to
I like certain things about Bayscribe, find other things irritating and counter-productive. I have worked on several different platforms with different companies. Bayscribe is better than some, pretty straightforward (especially if you are coming from DOS), but I've worked on better.
depends on the platform used,
I made more at 6.5 because of a simple easy platform I worked on. At 9.5, everything needed to be filled in, slowed me down. cpl does not matter until you know what platform you're working on.
Depends on platform
They are all different. Some platforms you may be able to type 170-200 lph but then your line rate is probably going to be adjusted accordingly. Other platforms such as Extext, you are lucky to do around 130 lph comfortably. DocQScribe maybe 120 lph. Lines are very hard to make these days, they just keep skimping away those lines that we used to get credit for, headers, footers, sometimes even spaces, and don't forget those unseen commands on a page, they have stripped those. Hospitals got wise to this, companies had to make adjustments and passed this on to the MTs. Its very hard to get a decent line count and this is why a lot of MTs are working more than one job. Most of us don't make anymore than $12 to $14 per hour. I guess to a new MT graduate this must be great money, beats minimum wage. But, they will not be seeing any big money like we saw years ago, its a thing of the past.
depends on which platform nm
It depends on the platform
If MTs can self-assign jobs, you can tell if someone signs out of difficult jobs or assigns all the easy dictators to themselves, habitually.
Depends on what platform you get.
From what I know, most accounts are awful, loaded with ESL. Work load is feast or famine, but lately more famine than feast. The BeyondTxt platform is not good. Pay scale is average to low.
think it depends on what platform they're on...which one are you using at JLG? nm
depends on what platform you worked on

They arent all great, but they arent all bad.   When did you do your time there?


depends on which platform you're on.
there are changes right now that people are not happy with. My platform is not included in those changes. Their pay is average, they have incentives, insurance is not good.
The platform depends on the account. There are several.
It depends on the account. They use the platform of the hospital or they use
either Scribe or TA Plus. All are easy to use and learn. I am on a Meditech account and love it but it is a hospital. Depends what you are looking for. I do not get shift differential but my hours are flexible as long as I get my 1200 lines in on the calendar day.
Nice people there. Depends on what platform. sm
It was Inscribe. Cumbersome with lots of entries to make in demographics fields, many doctor addresses to look up and fill in, and differing specs for each account. They have a lot of work, but I had to be put on several different accounts to stay busy. I had a hard time getting the minimum lines in each day because I spent so much time fiddling with other things and looking up doc names, specs, jumping between accounts, etc. It was far too much hassle for ME for the line rate, which was 7-8 cpl depending how many lines you did per week. It wasn't just me, either, because I spoke to another experienced MT who hired on around the same time and she was feeling the same way.

The cons are very nice and helpful people, pay was on time and correct, the doctors were clear with hardly any ESLs, and there seemed to be plenty of work, albeit on several different accounts. I would've probably stayed there if not for that platform. http://forum.mtstars.com/smileys/sowhat.gif
depends; can make more $ on easy platform/7 than hard platofrm/8-9 cents
I believe it depends on what platform u work on. I work on
Extext and I love it!!!!! I have not transcribed even part time in years. First night in less than 2 hours hit 300+ lines. Second night a little over 2 hours hit 350+ lines. This is all learning a new system so I find it interesting and fun.
I've easily done 600, but it depends on the way a company counts lines and it depends on the
dictators. Obviously, if you have a good share of ESL, there is no way you could ever do 600 or 700. On really difficult ones, I usually run around 400 lines an hour and I have been working on this platform for 3 years.
RISS is not a platform. RIS stands for Radiology Information System. The platform sm
would be EXText.
MDI-MD platform is fast, not full of problems like Transcend platform or MDI-FL

On Transcend platform you have to click, click, click all day and still get errors, change screens constantly -  its a nightmare to work in. 

Hear, hear! Read My Opinion's opinion.
Regarding Wondering's question, the company I work for is investing strongly in upgrading its MTs' and editors' skill levels (exactly what this says about need for us for ten years down the road I can't say). This morning I found an e-mail saying they would pay every one of us to attend an on-line class on making Expander macros to increase our productivity. Amazingly, I have to assume many employees were choosing not to attend the unpaid ones they had been offering...
Yes, SPi does use this platform....it's a great platform, but not worth working for SPi. nm
Bad Platform. I personally know of 3 MTs who left because of the platform.
If you are like me, the bottom line is wages and what I get in my check. I have never worked for Amphion, but I personally know of 3 MTs who worked part-time at Amphion before quitting their other service to see what Amphion had to offer before it was too late. All 3 quit Amphion and stayed with their other service because of the Amphion platform. Too hard to make any decent lines.

Something to think about.


Here is one post from a couple days back:

Posted By: Amphion on 2005-12-02

To all of us trying our hardest to grab our work when it is available, and then still only make 24 bucks a day because of the garbage platform.

Best company to work for as an IC. I have been with them for 4 years. I could not imagine working anywhere else!  Management is great!  Never has a paycheck been late. Growing by leaps and bounds!
I've been at SS for 1 year now and am making decent at MT'ing. If you get a decent account and learn the ESLs you can make good $ - but watch out for the newbies- its hard and they change the rules constantly. There are new people making more than the old people and doing less for the money, management changes on a daily basis, and you never know who to write to because they don't send out updates or answer questions anyway.
I would wonder if it wouldn't be illegal for a company to use such a program (on your personal PC) unless they provide you with some sort of privacy agreement for you to sign stating that they possibily could be monitoring your Keystrokes while logged into their software. I don't see how they could do this legally without first notifying you that they have the potential to do this. Without such notification, especially on your own PC, I would say this is illegal to do such a thing. But that's my opinion. I may be wrong.
In my opinion I like it better. nm
just my opinion
i think they're e.mail's are rude "big'hurry."

This is simply the opinion of the person who wrote it.  That does not mean you don't have the intelligence to make an informed decision.  Obvious the person who wrote this had problems with 2 different companies.  That particular person may have problems with any company they work for.

When you read these posts, keep in mind that if everyone agreed with all of these posts there would not be a transcription company in business anywhere.

I do not know about OSi but SoftScript has treated me well, as will most nationals if you give them your best effort.  They want to hire good MTs and expect quality work. Give them that and you will be compensated fairly and treated well.

Likewise...this is simply my opinion. Take it or leave it.

Forget company #3. The problems you mention are valid. Try another one.

As far as QA, it depend. You don't have the flexibility as much as being an MT. One thing I myself kind of miss.

If your getting tired of typing all day, QA is better.

If you enjoy helping others and answering numerous questions and can see yourself as a mentor and teach people everything you have learned and are adaptable to many kinds of formatting issues, than QA is a good choice.

Sounds like #1 or #2 are your better choices.

Hope this helps!
My own opinion
Keep in mind, to use MQ as a reference in the future, I would depart with them nicely. To just up and leave, in my opinion, is rude.

I realize that many people dislike MQ for various reasons, but I like them and have had a positive experience.

Again, I think it is only appropriate to give 2 weeks regardless of the situation, again solely because you want them to give you a good reference if need be!

Hope all works out!

SM for just an opinion.
I'm certainly not going to tell you it's impossible - if you do a good job on the test, they may decide to take a chance on you.

However, it seems a lot of them nowadays want either 2 years' experience or graduation from one of the Big 3 schools, and I've heard many say they have a tough time getting their foot in the door.

I would talk to your school and see what they recommend, who hires their graduates, letters of recommendation, etc - get whatever assistance you can from them.

Good luck!
Your opinion is just that ...
it is YOUR opinion. I have my own. We don't have to agree!

Kudos to you for 8 years and 7 years' service. ??? I didn't ask that. I asked if you are upset with the companies you leave?

I didn't make this personal -- you did with posting your opinion of Spheris.

I don't think I need an answer to my question; I think I already know.

I hope you enjoy wherever you are at. Enjoy your day!
My opinion
You asked, Did I handle this situation wrong? You stated, I feel like a heel for not giving my best.

My answer: Yes, you handled it wrong. You were not upfront and truthful with YOURSELF, let alone with the company. Once you heard the words about offshoring, you should have made your opinion and position known clearly, definitively, and strongly, not taken the tests, not pretended anything, and made fast work to beat a path to the front door, and not waste your time. Your behavior was passive-aggressive, i.e., you pretended, you were not truthful. You should have taken yourself out for lunch after speaking your mind and standing up for yourself. Next time, do things different and learn from this situation.

That's my opinion!
My opinion...

I've worked for them going on 4 years now and plan on staying.  I've worked on the same accounts all 4 years (tough ESLs, but after awhile, you get them all and can get plenty of lines---plus nobody wants your accounts and work is plenty--something I have learned in my 25+ years).  The pay is good, it's always accurate and on time, PTO is great, and I love not having someone over my shoulder all the time.  I've done my rounds at other nationals and this has been my best experience.  Each company is unique, you have to see what works best for you. 

My opinion
If this sort of thing keeps up, I would most definitely start looking for another job.  There's no excuse for any company to do such a thing.  It's not right and highly unfair.  The minute I found another job, I'd quit and not even give them notice for doing such a nasty thing!! 
Everyone has an opinion and you are welcome
to yours but after 10 years of personal interaction with the woman, knowing her professionally and personally, you are wrong about her only being interested if you can help advance her situation.  She is very industrious and hard working and I think all of these negative comments, well, it doesn't matter what I think about them as it will not bring any of you any peace.
My opinion...
Personally, if I was an employer, I would not want to hire someone that was not confident in what they were doing. State the facts about your experience. Let them worry about whether you have enough experience!
KS in my opinion.....sm

In my experience the KS platform is easy to use, my rad account has plenty of work and great communication with team lead. Pay is on time and plenty of opportunity to make money.

Be careful with expressing yourself and getting answers with X-Press. I went through the interview process with X-Press over a year ago, they sent me manuals, ready to start but when I emailed my lead, asking the usual few questions about the company, (basically to ease my mind since the hiring process was SO long and had been told conflicting things)  she forwarded it to Mr. David and he in turn accused me of being a trouble maker and of slander!  It was all very strange. 


and that too is just an opinion and U know

My opinion
I agree with you pretty much, although I have yet to find great trained VR files. The worst is when ESL doing VR..It's just scary. You might as well retype the whole report. Every great once in a while I get a really clean editing job that does not require too much time to clean up, but that is not a lot of the time as I work a lot with ESL who try to do VR. If we cannot understand their English, then how can a machine. My opinion is that no one should do VR editing for less then 4 cpl at any time, or you might as well go work at Starbucks for minimal wage, although I hear their benefits are better than what any of the MT companies offer LOL
Just my opinion.
You said they sent a packet that talked at great length about patient and MD demographics that you would be responsible for.

For me, that's all it would take to turn it down. That's work you do not get paid for, usually.
Well that is just your opinion--sm
for whatever that is worth, but that does not give you the right to gode and harass someone who may feel differently. Personally I feel it is more unprofessional and bullying to try to make someone do what they do not want to do, and do not have to do just to pleast your nosey little mind, and then make an issue about it 150000 times on a public forum. Sometimes things are just better off left alone. Get off it already...you have stated your opinion thousands of times on this subject, run the poor woman off this board for eternity, and made yourself look childish and unprofessional. Guess you would beat a dead horse too. JMO.
TTS opinion
I recently joined them and I'm extremely happy there. The accounts I'm assigned are good. I'm doing mostly editing/recognized jobs on my account, I have 3 years experience on eScription so it's quick and easy work for me. Line rate is fine, both for typing and editing, I think it varies by account. Checks always on time, the staff are extremely helpful, set up and training was quick and painless !
Does anybody and an opinion about
The Data Entry Job that is posted on the Job Seeker's Board?
I'm just curious to see what all of you think of the pay.
In my opinion - no
My opinion
Outsourcing is not going to stop.  There are as many out there who don't tell they outsource as the ones who do (in reply to the comments on the other replies).  The benefits at this company I think are excellent, less out of pocket than other companies I have seen.  Everyone I've dealt with has been incredibly nice.  The Editor pay is good, hourly. I can't comment on the MT pay because I do not know.  Email me personally for any other information.
My opinion
I disagree with you that testing for a transcription position, especially medical transcription, should be simply a typing skills test.

While the testing method you've described is somewhat unique, this prospective employer is much more likely to discover when a candidate does not have the knowledge required to perform the job. I have tested for companies that require both a written test as well as a transcription test. The hiring process is not a fun/easy one, and this way there is less chance of making a mistake and having to do it all over again.
Just my opinion
I dont think bashing is always the case, some things said especially about this company are facts, maybe it is venting.  Like you said there are pros and cons about every company but there is no need to get upset by a post about a company that you do not even work for any more.
your opinion is

umm unusual.  I bet I can guess what network you watch and who your favorite anchorman/commentator is.  Reading minds and attributing such sweeping negativity towards workers. The spin is in your head.



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