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They hired me last year for ops on Meditech.

Posted By: They would not budge or on 2009-01-07
In Reply to: This probably doesn't belong on this thread sm - LTMT

change me to anything else. I absolutely disliked the Meditech magic. They tried to accommodate me best as possible, but I had another job too, and I could not do both because the Meditech was so clunky and I had to wait for work a lot. I left. After that, I tried to get rehired by Keystrokes for something else, but was put on the No Rehire list. So, if you want another type of software, be careful about how you approach the switch if you want to stay. I did go to Transcend for my main job along with my IC job and all in all it is okay. My account is US MTs but it is almost 100% ESL and because I am experienced I seem to get the worst of the bunch. Some days it gets me sad, but when I go to the store and see how much food and clothing costs for the family, I don't have a choice but to count my blessings that I have the talent and the job to do it. I just have to learn patience b/c some days it just gets to me!

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A year ago, she was using Meditech, had Rad only, and would lend you a Cphone, but
I applied last year, was hired, and then
the recruiter had a family emergency and I never heard from her again. I got tired of leaving messages for her. Looks like this is the norm for this company.
I was offered a job with MDI a year ago before I was hired at Keystrokes - SM
They told me that I probably wouldn't want to leave my other job as I probably wouldn't have enough work, and that the account they would put me on was VERY heavy ESL and needed unlimited long distance. That was a big turn off for me! I then accepted a position with Keystrokes right after that, and a year later I'm still glad that I did!
I just got hired too!! I had sent 3 resumes over a 3 year period and
gave it a 4th shot last week. I guess this time I got their attention because I told them how long I had wanted to work there and that I had tried multiple times. Needless to say I am very excited. I sure hope it works out, that I like my account and platform, etc. The only down side is working every weekend. However, I have come to the conclusion after this interview that I don't care anymore. I just want to stay put and be happy. I have been frustrated since 2006 when the company I worked for could no longer keep me busy enough. I have been trying off and on ever since and have gotten to the point of wondering if it was ever going to be possible to find a good employee position. I know I could as an IC but just not an option right now. I would spend several days researching companies, sending resumes to ones that seemed good, and then be brain dead the rest of the evening. I would get called by companies only to find out their line rate was degrading, or had a horrible platform, horrible accounts. It was always a disappointment somehow. Then there was this one company who blew me away with how disorganized they were. I don't know why anyone would want to work for them. I won't say who I am talking about but it is one of the larger ones. I gave them a chance 3 times because they had ExText accounts but finally gave up with the lack or miscommunication; it was ridiculous. So then I would end up being back where I started, nothing!

I want to know if any MTs out there have gone or are going through the same thing. I just want to stay somewhere for good and never leave until I retire on the beach that is :D I am anxious to get started because I so much want this to be it!!

Would love to hear from any current MDI MTs if they are happy.
I have 12- hour window and was hired 1 year ago. nm
I asked when I was hired over a year ago if I could use my computer....sm
And was told no; we have to use company-provided equipment. You pay for it gradually through withholding. Don't remember quite how much, maybe 150.
I have been there almost a year. You should call if you had a problem. I bet Karen hired you. sm
She's gone and I know she took all the files and did not return them but destroyed them, just being her pleasant self.
There are two types of Meditech. One is Meditech Magic, which has a blue sm
screen and is like WP5.1. It is a bit cumbersome but not bad once you get used to it.

The other is Meditech Client, which is WONDERFUL. It opens into Word and populates the demographics for you.

Neither are bad once you get used to them. I make great money using Magic and a lot of others complain about it.
I think it depends on experience, account hired for, etc. I was hired at .08 per line sm
but after 90 days went to 0.085 and then 0.09 about 90 days after that. I am now at 0.0925 and have been there a year. I have to point out that the line rate might not be the highest but I can verify my counts, have plenty of work, get paid on time and have a great manager. To me, leaving a bad national and the headaches that went with it was well worth the cut in pay I took. Funny thing is that I took a pretty sizable pay cut but make more money ?!?!
my first year I made 16k. Doubled that second year. Going on year 6 with (sm)

two local accounts I earned 23,000.00 and a national I earned 35,400... 58,400 this year.  Don't ask me how many hours, though, I really have no idea.  I'm pretty motivated.  (When people ask me how many hours I work a week I reply as many as it takes  I'd say 40-50/week.  I am also a fitness instructer and personal trainer, about 5 hours a week or so.  Decent money (sometimes under the table!) but mostly I just do it for fun and to be social and wear cute work-out clothes. 

that first year was a rough one... but I consider it part of my education. 


I'm pretty motivated. 

Last year, there was a letter sent that told us what we earned the previous year. sm
In the past, it has been all or nothing; if you did not hit the lines for full time for the year, you did not get PTO. I talked to my lead this morning about a last-minute vacation and she told me that the yearly packets are going out in a week or so and that the new policy will acrue PTO by the pay period or month. I like that a lot better, but she also made it sound like they are upping the amount of lines needed to acrue PTO. I normally get between 15 and 20,000 lines per pay period, so I am sure that will be fine but I am worried about the periods that have lower volumes, like most of January every year.
Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I would stick it out, most places are slow now through the end of the year every year (nm)
I said "about to be" hired... not yet hired, and ........
considering it just like I would consider any job.... I didn't accept the job yet and wanted to check out the info out there.
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


Will anyone having typed on Meditech system please tell me what it's like?  Is it user friendly?  Thank you very much.
Meditech is okay once you are used to it AND if you can use Instant Text rather than those clumsy combinatio keys to do your macros. I think it has improved since I used it about 6 years ago. It is a BIG change from WP or MSWord, sort of like taking a giant step backwards.
I thank you for all of your comments. I do use Instant Text so would definitely want to be able to use that with Meditech system.  But it actually doesn't sound like something I'd really like doing, from what I've read.  More negatives than positives so far.
Meditech Rad
I use Meditech for radiology for windows, have been for 10 years.  Over the years we have upgraded the program several times.  I think it just depends on if the hospital is up to date on the programming.  I took a second account that used Meditech and I don't know if the hospital was behind or the MTSO just did not understand the program like I do.  For rad, after each report you do have to go through a series of screens before the report is saved.  But that is just me.  Another hospital could be different.
Anybody know which companies use Meditech?
Spheris uses Meditech.

I have been working in Meditech with Citrix Server now for 2-1/2 years and it's the pits.  Even with new updates all the time, it will never compare to today's modern platforms.


Right..I do ERs on Meditech..(nm)

Is this Meditech?
If it is a slow platform, then you'll need at least 9.5 cpl just to make a go of it!  
I have been working on the Meditech platform for one month, so I am fairly new. I am averaging only 100 to 125 lines per hour. I still have to refer to the instructions for things like, for example, how to close up spaces. It is a bit inconvenient to have to go through a bunch of screens before I start typing. I guess I would have to say I do not like the Meditech platform! I do have easy dictators, though. I am not a newbie; I have over 20 years of medical transcription experience, by the way.
Place you a sticky note or short note pad to your monitor with the function key commands. Where you were referring to closing spaces, were you talking about joining lines? Go to the end of the sentence and space, then do Shift F6; this joins your sentence together. Do you mind telling me the account you are own? Send it to my email. I will be starting soon and was wondering about the account. Thanks.
Very easy to learn, but you need a high-speed internet connection
Don't like Meditech
There are too many screens to go through before you actually type. I can't get more than 125 lines an hour no matter what. Others do like Meditech, though. This is only my personal opinion.
Jill, you have to go through screens and it is a database, which is hard to find a rhythm, but some really like it.  It lags and goes down a lot, so be prepared to save your document if it is way long because if that connection gives out on you there goes your report.  I would suggest being prepared to really lose money with Meditech at first.  There are much better platforms out there.  Meditech is a hospital program so it so drawn and bogged down with users especially during peak hours.  Good luck whatever you decide. 

I absolutely love MediTech!  But then again I was there during installation and I am a superuser in RAD, OE and PCI modules so I comes a lot quicker.

I quit a facility that I still go back and work part time at and I can pick right up and I actually put out more work there.  Of course it works better when you are working at the facility.  Dial up would be hell due to the hang ups.  If you are not familiar with medications and terminology it's tricky because it technically has NO medical dictionary.  Keep Stedman's by.  If you are working on a Word based system you should have access to your medical dictionary and then it converts back to meditech.  When I type for this company at home I type in word and then I go to thier facility and copy and paste into meditech.  I have to fix the bold and underlying which will not convert using C&P method but it saves me a 2 hour driving time.  Just make sure you always spell check from the top of a document or it will tell you there are no errors!  Both Rad and Order Entry have data entry sections but when you get the hang of it you can fly right through those.  Use the canned text/expander a lot.  In order entry or departmental typing for acute care stuff, when typing directly in the module, I don't have to send my reports right back so I actually hold them and then spellcheck and print all at once since spell check is so slow.  Good luck.  Hope that's not my part time job you're taking! 

If you cannot get around in Meditech to get more than 100 lph, than you sm
are not trying very hard. The hospital I work for outsourced our work to another company and I went to work for them (not Keystrokes). I have used Meditech Magic and Meditech Client and a strange one that is half-way between the two and never have had a problem getting more than 200 lph. I use an Expander and really use it a lot.

Then again, I used to love WP5.1 and it is very similar.

Different strokes for different folks.
are you on the meditech
platform and making 20,000 plus lines a payperiod?
Typing on Meditech is driving me INSANE. I find myself wandering away from the computer and not being able to stay focused as I really do not like the platform. It is SO antiquated. It needs to be sold to India for a tax credit or something.
Never used Meditech.
what is blech about it?
Does anybody have the scoop on this company?
Any info on this platform?
What about Meditech?
I asked the recruiter this same question and she wasn't sure. She's suppose to double check with the tech ppl and email me, however her manager told her that since DocQScribe is a proprietary platform and Meditech is not, they probably wouldn't be able to save any of my expanders. So I won't get my hopes up, but Meditech already has lots of commonly used macros already installed so all I'll have to do is customize. At least that's the way it was last time I had used Meditech. If that's the case then it won't be nearly as bad as say starting from scratch.
How do you create your own templates? And what did you mean by the F-key thing?

I just started an account using Meditech. I am getting a run-around about short cut/macros. I think they dont want to tell me anything that will cause them to pay me more ya know.
Does anyone know the functions of the Fkeys for Meditech.   I asked and was blow off.  Thanks.
Meditech with KS (sm)
Does anyone know if there is a place you can download instructions for Meditech use?  (I couldn't find anything on internet, but would be interested in having copy to refer to.)  Thanks!
Could someone who knows Meditech (sm)

Explain what the Function (F keys) do?  I can't find any instructions anywhere....Thank you for your time!  Sincerely, MT

Can you use any of the word Expanders with this? How about autocorrect from Word? Any input is appreciated.
I don't know about Meditech, but

I'm on DocQScribe and will be starting a new job that uses Bayscribe. The new employer told me that they should be able to convert my Expanders for use in Bayscribe (in about 90% of the cases). I would definitely check with tech support for Meditech and see.

BTW, you don't happen to work for the Q, do you?

Not too much about Meditech
I worked on that for many years, and it is not transcription friendly at all.  There should be plenty of posts on this. 
is typing right in the main frame interface. 
I used Meditech with a C-phone for 3 years and thought I would lose my mind. It is a very old archaic-type platform and not conducive to production. Needless to say, you will not make much money with this platform.
Meditech ?

I know the account I am on uses Meditech Word Client but you do not have to have the Word program on your computer so they provide the hospital web-based Meditech for you to use.

Thanks so much for your response. I did not like working on the Meditech Magic which was horrendous (I think a spelled that right) LOL. Thanks.

Most of our Meditech clients have recently upgraded.  It however depends on what account you are being considered for.  I'm not sure we have any still on the old Magic.

Meditech anyone?
I am looking for a company that uses Meditech.  I very much prefer this particular platform.  Would appreciate any info you might be able to offer.  Thanks.