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Not a lot of work right now; kind of disturbing that they're hiring

Posted By: gettinold on 2009-01-02
In Reply to: Any opinions on Diskriter? - nm


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We're not hiring because work is low. Nothing to do
 with what goes to Precyse International. 
Hey, you're in luck then. They're hiring! (nm)
They're kind of new. Older posts had people having difficulty with them. nm
They're kind of new. Offered 7.5 and 3 cpl for their eScription. Needed a 9-pin pedal. FT/IC only
Thanks! Do you know if they're hiring? nm
Not sure if they're hiring or not
There's plenty of work thus far *crossed fingers*
They're not hiring right now
In one of the e-mails I received, it said any openings would go to the inside MTs first to help resolve the low work.
Very disturbing.
There is every possibility here for an intrusion on privacy that is not permissible for an employer, depending on whether the company has previously implemented certain specific policies - which I very much doubt as I know of none that do.

At the very least, you have the right to demand to know what the company proposes to check, and how, and to obtain a specific description of the checking protocol that will be used and a copy of any software they propose to use and/or install.

You also have the right to inform the company that you specifically prohibit:

1. Accessing any files, directories or other areas of the hard drive other than those pertaining directly your work.

2. Accessing your email application, messages or private email account.

3. Accessing any instant messaging applications or messages.

4. Making any changes to your Windows registry.

5. Installing any monitoring or remote access software.

6. Opening any ports on your computer or firewall, including FTP ports.

Also, inform the company that you insist on being present during the checking and that all activity performed on your computer must be visible on screen. Advise them that you reserve the right to turn the computer off without notice if you see checking activity that appears to exceed the limits you have set.

I also suggest that you create a system restore point just prior to the checking, and that you restore your computer to that point afterwards. There are very clear instructions on the Internet about how to set restore points and then return your computer to the state it was in at that time.

Also, you can install TrueCrypt, create a hidden container and drag sensitive files into that prior to the check. This is an excellent FREE program that has won numerous awards for its security and ease of use. Once a file is in the hidden container, it still continues to work exactly as it did (including both data files and applications like Word) because the encryption and decryption happen in the background. You never know it's happening.

The caveat with TrueCrypt, of course, is don't forget your password to the hidden container!
The job board says they're hiring for...
eScription and Meditech platforms, so they must use at least a few different platforms.
They're hiring for the next round
of MTs.
Any chance they're hiring? (nm)
Keystrokes, and they're hiring. nm


They're hiring. Just got an offer.
So weird they're low out of work.
No. There's a reason they're always hiring.
They're hiring at 3 cpl editing....go for it!
Personally, I couldn't exist on it (and I'm a high producer). I gave it a try because the people (especially the recruiter) are just so darned nice.

But nice doesn't pay the bills so I had had to move on.
Disturbing trend
Ms. Shapin, I know nothing about your company, nor would I criticize you or your company since I don't work for you. I empathize with your responsiblities as a business owner having been one myself. What is gravely disturbing to me in your post is a glimpse of your mindset about the offshore worker. Your view of the offshore worker is similar to disturbing trends by many other business owners who flock to third world countries where there is no protection for the worker, where there are no labor laws, where there are no standard work ethics. Yes, these people in third world countries are hungry for work. They will work any hours, any days, and be extremely grateful for a few pennies. They have no protection, and until they become tired, and worn down, they will serve their bosses well. One day though, American companies will become so dependent on workers from third world countries. These workers will become more intelligently aware of human rights, that they too, will someday voice their concern for the same things we want here in America - decent pay, job security, the ability to take some reasonable time off from a very, very demanding occupation, benefits, etc. Ms. Shapin, I would be careful about praising a worker from a third world country who is so hungry to rise up from poverty. It serves you well now. You, me, and so many others, have the same human wants and needs. Think about it. If there was more decency from businesses and corporations about workers' rights, ethical practices from all sides, and a fair way to meet the same goal, perhaps you would not be attacked. The American Transcriptionist is just having to fight for every penny these days, fight to have benefits from a job, fight to work decent hours, fight to keep afloat. We all want the same thing. Decency.
QT Medical! They are WAY better than the rest!!! They're hiring!
Oh yeah, they're hiring..I think 100 MTs..remember??LOL
They're hiring for radiology positions (nm)
What disturbing news on what web site?
Very disturbing research results on Transcend
It seems Transcend is very busy acquiring MTSOs and not bashful about their future goals. Please read what I copied from a recent article when they acquired TRS(March 2009). Between VR and offshoring, I truly do not see how much work will be left.

“We are excited to welcome TRS to the Transcend team,” stated Transcend CEO Larry Gerdes. “We
believe their commitment to their customers and employees makes them an excellent fit for Transcend.
TRS has taken a leadership role in our industry through its involvement with industry associations like the
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the Medical Transcription Industry
Association (MTIA). We look forward to continuing to play an important industry role with their
involvement. TRS provides services on several different platforms. We believe that over the next year,
35% - 50% of the business can be migrated to our BeyondTXT platform, which allows us to leverage our
speech recognition technology to improve productivity, enhance quality and drive faster turnaround times.
We look forward to working together as we integrate our operations over the next several months.”
“We believe our merger with Transcend is a positive step into the future for our customers and
employees,” stated TRS CEO Bob Harvey. “Transcend has an un-paralleled reputation for excellent
service. This gives our customers confidence that our teams will now be supported by the additional
resources of the top-ranked firm in the industry. For the sake of our employees, it was important to me to
merge with a company that has a strong commitment to providing the best work environment in the
medical transcription field, and I know we have found that in Transcend. ”
“Transcend is very interested in the work TRS is doing with overseas transcription training in places like
Barbados,” stated Transcend COO Sue McGrogan. “Although their training institute is not part of this
transaction, Transcend sees real opportunity to use this resource and others to continue to grow our
offshore capacity. Transcend is committed to remaining a predominately domestic transcription provider,
but we will continue to expand our offshore resources as well. We expect that the percentage of work
processed offshore could increase from about 20% today to perhaps 35%-40% in the future. This helps us
staff nights and weekends and gives us added flexibility as we grow. We would never replace a domestic
transcriptionist in the process. In fact, we plan to continue expanding our domestic workforce for years to
come. We hope that TRS Institute can become an offshore partner in the near future.”
Nope, but on their site it says they're only hiring coders and MT supes right now. nm
hope so! they're hiring like crazy now, editors & MTs evidently ~nm

In response to Disturbing Trend posted by MTness
Bravo! Where I have no opinion either way about Ms. Shapin or her company, this attitude is what is killing America. Our daily needs cost more because of our hungry politicians and situations created by these type of businesses who feel that off-shore people are grateful for the opportunity to work for an American company who they know is taking advantage of them. I do not know if any of you recall, but a few years ago in a hospital local to our area, one of the Indian doctors shared what the American MTs were making compared to what a relative was making in India. This MT was enraged and threatened to release countless numbers of medical records of American patients on to the internet if her needs were not met. Not much information was given in followup and probably compressed by foreign diplomats. This is one of the major issues of outsourcing.

I agree with you, all we want is the right to survive in OUR OWN COUNTRY.
Any current info on Med-Scribe? They're hiring and all I can find on here is from 2004. Thx!
have you ever done this kind of work before? sm
It is quite difficult and very tedious. People talking over one another, sometimes a lot of research on the internet that you would have to do just to find certain studies and authors. Quite frankly, I do not think $50 an audio hour is worth it. That breaks down to about $12/hour +/- $2/hour, depending on how good you are.

On the other hand, he is being quite generous with the pay, because there are transcription services that are paying $25-30/audio hour for the same kind of work!! That breaks down to $7-10/hour! And there are people that will do it!!

That is just my 2 cents
I work for MDI - what kind of info are
you wanting?
Sure, but what kind of work is left . sm
for straight typing?  VR rejects? 99% ESL and 100% crap?  At this point in time, there doesn't seem to be any reason for the VR MTs to envy the straight typers.
2000 lines per day, what kind of work are you doing? nm
What kind of work types does Level 4 do at
Kind of risky to praise the company you work for
because somebody who must have gotten burned at some job will jump on and announce that no company can be that good, so we must be lying! That we're really managers or recruiters.

< Sigh >
I am glad I work on VR but what kind of line count
are you trying to get. What do you want to make, $ wise or line wise?
I currently do this kind of work in addition to my medical accounts...sm
The rate seems pretty low, at least compared to what I make, and I can tell you from my experience with this type of work, it is very tedious. Expanders aren't nearly as helpful as in medical transcription, so it's pretty much straight typing. On the other hand it is a nice change of pace from the medical aspect, but for what they want to pay, probably best suited to a newbie.
My information is kind of old, but I used to work for them part time sm
and it was a good company.  The people were great, and they paid on time (weekly).  The pay was rather low, but what I was doing was easy clinic work, so it kind of balanced out.  Good luck!
If you're PT you're required to work

8 of your hours in one weekend day.  There's no extra pay for it though. 

It depends on who is offering it, and what kind of work is available. If you posted the company sm
name, we could give more helpful advice.
? That's kind of a blanket statement; things are fine on the accts I work on. sm
Yes, it was slow a couple weeks ago but started picking up last week.

PS - Yes, they pay for spaces.
WEBMEDX???? It's a small national, right? Benefits, running out of work, what kind of accounts,

flexible schedule (as in working EVERY weekend mandatory? 

Any opinions on the company would be appreciated.  Found some in the archives but all mostly from 2004 and 1 recent post but not much info.  Thanks.

Why are they hiring when we run out of work every day?
I work for TTS and they are hiring.
Why do these placed keep hiring if work is low.
I have been working with OSi for a week, and have already run out of work even though the recruiter told me there was plenty. Talked to a few people online, and everybody says they are always low. I feel manipulated, and I turned down several offers to take this job. I am going to see if any of the offers are still open.
R they hiring where you work?
Not sure if they are hiring, but there is no shortage of work.
maybe not over hiring, maybe no work being given to them from the client

Thanks.. Helped a ton. I have already been through that. No work yet they are always hiring. That is
Any companies hiring for M-F work
I have 10+ years of experience as an MT and need to have a Monday through Friday schedule because that is what works with my kids, school, and their summer sports.  Are there any companies hiring experienced MTs for M-F work? Thanks
Yes they are hiring and great to work for

QT Medial is hiring and is GREAT to work for! Try them, you will not be sorry! nm
Why is OSi hiring new people when I have been out of work for 6 weeks?

I am statutory (or IC, whatever they are calling it now).  I have a main account and 2 -- count them 2 -- back up accounts.  I have been out/short of work for over 6 weeks.

Unless you are a full time employee, you get no benefits, no hourly, NOTHING.  I am amazed that they are hiring when they have people already trained and begging for work!!!

Don't they realize that it costs a WHOLE lot more in turnover to train a new employee than to keep an already-trained one happy?

I'm looking at other nationals now.  I've never been one to job hop, but I just can't take the time off any more!!!

is the lack of work related to hiring new MTs?

It is interesting that there was an ad to hire with a hiring bonus in the summer and suddenly the work got low and now agree a couple of weeks after another hiring ad the work gets low.

I left due to no work for 2 months and they were STILL hiring
when that was going on.  I would stay clear for a while unless you can survive off of 200 lines per day and want to work 24/7 and fight over the lines as they come in.