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This little device stops - Posted By: Stutter

stuttering. Wouldn't it be great if docs who stutter when dictating would use it? It helps 80% of people who try it!

See link below:

SameDayTranscriptions.com - Posted By: anon

They're in NJ and I'm wondering if they hire subs or if they outsource. Anyone know?

Do MT companies have to provide for the visually impaired ? - Posted By: At Home MT

I have a medical problem that has caused some vision problems and I find it extremely difficult to differentiate between words in the spell check programs with Stedman's spell check as well as Emdat's and even the Data Field areas, cc and comment section on Emdat's platform. 

Are these companies and/or software manufacturers required by law to accommodate those with such an impairment??? I have no idea if I might have some legal rights here. 

My husband bought me a large LCD monitor for Christmas which helps me a lot. I have enlarged the font size and everything works extremely well in Word, using Internet, Outlook, etc., but there appears to be no way to enlarge the type for these spell checkers. I am SO concerned that I am going to accidentally choose a wrong word due to my not being able to see things clearly. I am very careful in my proofreading and re-listen to all my dictation as my way of proofing just to be sure as I feel it is necessary.

I sure would appreciate any info/feedback you may have to offer.  Thanks so much. 

Does anybody work at Mt. Carmel in Ohio? - Posted By: tynkerbelle

I am working at a Trinity Hospital that is going to E-scription.  I am told Mt. Carmel in Ohio has this program. I have a few questions and am hoping someone might be able to answer them.  The #1 question on my list is:  The hospital here told me you have about 175 employees.  Do you work for the hospital or for E-scription, or some other service?  Thanking you in advance, Tynker

How long have you been up and what have you actually accomplished for the day? - Posted By: confession time

Around the house, in the yard, with the family, work, housework.  I'm not trying to start a flame war, but I was trying to see how motivated I am, I guess.  I always feel like I don't get enough done in a day, but there's not enough time.  I figured it out last night, and I need 13 hours without interruptions to get work, housework, kids, and everything else done.  The problem is that I always get interrupted.  Then I hear these stay at home mothers at the school talking about what they do (or don't do) in a day.  Am I being too hard on myself?

Anyway, I've been up for five hours.  I showered, woke up the kids, cooked breakfast, made lunches, took the kids to school, worked my parttime shift, stripped beds, did three loads of laundry, watered the garden, balanced the checkbook, paid some bills, did dishes, fed the pets, cooked lunch for a sick kid, set up some new software on the computer, and now I'm trying to figure out what else needs to be done for the day.

Tryin to book a vacation. Does anyone know when hurricane seasons starts and ends? Nm - Posted By: curious


Immigration - Please sign the petition! - Posted By: see inside

Two Border State Governors Declare Illegal Immigration State of Emergency



Silly question - Posted By: Whatup

What exactly falls under the category of acute care, and why is it so difficult?

Is it because there are so many different issues handled; therefore, not as much redundancy to minimize research and maximize expanders?

stainless steel appliances... - Posted By: dcc

i've seen it posted before on this board but can't find it- what is a good way to keep stainless steel appliances clean and shiny? (other than not being in the same room with them)  do i have to purchase something or is there something i can make?  i thought i read something that included baking soda to make a paste....?????TIA

Just wondering if there are other military wives out there who are also MTs? NM - Posted By: Navy Wife/MT


Help on upgrading drug reference - Posted By: Time warp

Hi all,

I am seriously in need of upgrading my drug reference. I am still using Quick Look electronic 2004 and so many new drugs have been introduced in the past 4 years.  What would you recommend??  I just checked the Stedman's site and really cannot afford that kind of money right now.  Do any of you recommend a hard copy book that would keep me updated???  Thank you for any suggestions.

CONGRATS to Jill Howe of Vermont on winning a relaxation and spa basket - Posted By: courtesy of Keystrokes Transcription. nm


medigrafix in NE - Posted By: mt-1

anyone heard of medigrafix in Omaha?

BEWARE Andrea Renner is no pay - Posted By: mt

Andrea Renner from Columbus Grove, Ohio paid me in November but not in December and January.  BEWARE of her.  She is a crook.  I hope no one else had such a bad experience with this criminal.

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Do CMTs make more money? - Posted By: metawhat?

I have perceived this as a scam by the AAMT.  Am I wrong?

How do I copy my resume from Word into the - Posted By: small boxes on the Job Seekers' board sm

without screwing up all the alignment and getting all the lines mixed together.  I don't use Word too much except for transcription and this is probably basic.  I know how to copy the resume, and paste it into the box.  That's where it all goes wrong  .

Adding Expansions - Posted By: slooowMT

I was wondering how you build your expansion list, meaning, about how many words do you put in day?  A few, 20, 50?  And do you review them daily so you know what you have?  I tend to create them and then forget I have them and then do not use them.  What are you tips?  Thanks in advance!

Definitely no HIPAA in India, just came upon surgery sheet with patient names! - Posted By: paintyper

I just googled a term, and up comes a surgery schedule with all the patients' names and phone numbers. Yikes.....

logitech wavepro - Posted By: maltesemom

Does anyone have this keyboard  and if so can you share some insight concerning battery issues?  i read where you can keep charging the battery while you work.  My question is it necessary then to replace the batteries at any time?  I need to purchase a keyboard for a new laptop and I really like the ergonomic keyboards and would purchase this if it is not costly with having to purchase batteries all the time.  thank you so much for any info :)

Does anybody else get tired of the rude negativity on these boards? - Posted By: I'm out of here

Do your research. open your mind.  Get a clue.  Hello, McFly!  It's always the same old people spouting the same old nonsense with nothing to back their statements except unsubstantiated personal opinions.  No facts, just blowhard opinions.  I've had it with the constant negativity.  I'm not helping anybody any more on the Word, Drug or Style boards.  I'm not helping newbies or the technically challenged.  YOU WIN, TROLLS!  You can have the boards because I quit coming here PERIOD.

Is if fair to ask - Posted By: Gretta

a company what the average line counts of other MTs on same the account are?  I know there are others who feel this particular account is hard to make a decent line count, so I would like to know what the average is.  Otherwise, how do we know if their expectations of us are fair? 

Dictaphone EXText - Posted By: Pollyanna

Can someone tell me about Dictaphone EXText.  Do you like it?

CAPS all the time - Posted By: Liz

In the middle of transcribing an ER report, my keyboard/computer (??? not sure which), caused a problem where no matter what I did it would only do upper case...my caps lock was not on (no light indicating it was on) and sticky key function didn't work to get rid of it.  I finally had to exit out of platform and then waited a few minutes and when I logged back on everything was fine.  Has anyone ever had this happen to them.  I am using ExText  If you have had this happen to you, what did you do to get out of it?

Thanks for your help.


Can anyone calm my fears?  My PCP just called and said that my Pap smear came back abnormal and he is going to refer me to see a gynecologist for further examination.  He told me that this does NOT mean I have cancer but I am still worried.  Although I can't think of anyone in my family with cervical cancer, cancer is strongly positive in my family.

My PCP told me that his nurse would call and get me an appointment and then call and let me know when it would be.


Magic Jack with Lanier Voicewriter? sm - Posted By: anoldmt

I've read posts stating C-phones possibly work with Magic Jack. However, has anyone successfully used Magic Jack with a Lanier Voicewriter, or has anyone tried that? TIA

WinZip encrypted - Posted By: Me

I am trying to use WinZip with an encryption. I put in my password and sent it, but when I opened it, it didn't require a password. Have any idea what I did wrong? Is there a better file transfer program out there? Thanks!

60 min of dictation - Posted By: ML

How long should it take someone to do about 60 minutes of dictation on average.

Thanks you.

Admin: Problem with Avatar SM - Posted By: Chickadee

Hi!  I signed up, but need to edit it as I must have misunderstood and now my real first name is posting next to my avatar.  Guess it's no big deal, but would prefer that my board name post instead.  I keep trying to log in to change it, but it doesn't work.

Thanks for your advice,


New computer advice sm - Posted By: MT20

I want to purchase a new computer, but not sure which one is best and wanted some input from you all.  Do you know any companies that still sell Windows XP installed? 

I'm leaning towards getting a Dell.  I know they only sell Vista, but is there some way for them to put XP on it?


Gel cushion - Posted By: Maryann

Has anyone tried this yet?  I need something to relieve pressure off tailbone and, of course, buttocks.  Does this really help?  Would like opinions please.  Thanks

Chartscript - Posted By: Wendy

Need info regarding Chartscript.  Is it a good platform to work on?  Is it in Word?  How long for a learning time?  Good line counts with it.  Also, are you able to use PC Shorthand, and can I use my Stedman's medical/pharmaceutical spellchecker too.  I would be lost without both of these helpers!!! 

Thank you.

Anyone know of a good website - Posted By: JayRae

that is informative about how to start an independent digital transcription business. Has anyone here written or thought about writing a book? I guess I am looking for information about how to go from being a great transcriptionist to knowing more about the actual technology involved in the business. Or is it just a learn as you go type of thing.

Vista & Stedman SpellChecker-How do you - Posted By: make them work together?

Ok, I have found just one more program that isn't wanting to work with Vista.  How do you all get Stedmans SpellChecker to work with Vista?  Every time I try to install it, it just stops the install.  Thanks for any help 

fluroquinone??? - Posted By: spelling help needed

The patients presentation and findings were briefly discussed with

DR. XXXXX  Our plan is to begin him now on some IV Vancomycin along with a fluroquinone. 

Corporate Lessons. - Posted By: sm.

Lesson 1:

When the human body was first made, all the parts wanted to be " The Boss."

The brain said, " I should be Boss because I control the whole body's responses and functions."

The feet said, " We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go."

The hands said, " We should be the Boss because we do all the work and earn all the money."

And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up.

All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work.

Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.

Eventually they all decided that the asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed.

All the other parts did all the work while The Boss just sat and passed out the shit!

Moral: You don't need brains to be a Boss - any asshole will do.


Lesson 2:

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

"I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the energy."

Bull : "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings? They're packed with nutrients."

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.

Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

Soon he was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there.


Lesson 3:

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day.

A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him,"Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?"

The crow answered: "Sure, why not."

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up. !!!

Question about direct deposit - Posted By: sm

I have direct deposit with my company.  We get paid the 15th and 30th.  Today is the 21st and I still don't have a deposit.  I thought the money goes in quicker with direct deposit.  Before I complain, just wondered if this was normal. 

Spheris - are they as bad as MQ? - Posted By: cowgirl

I hear a lot of bad things about MQ and Spheris, but why is Spheris that bad?

I currently type for a doctor who dictates with a digital handheld and sends the files via e-mail fo - Posted By: Wilson

and wanted to be able to call me with his dictations.  What would be the best and cheapest way for me to go so that he can do his dictations without the handheld unit??  I don't want to invest in a lot because he does not forget very often.  This is the first time in three months.  Thanks for any suggestions you may have. 

DocQScribe Playback Speed - Posted By: Taking a poll

Over the past months I have been trying to convince superiors at MQ of the need to have the playback speed increased even more than we are able to at the present.  I proofread all reports and when you have a slow dictator, it can take forever.  If you agree, please make a post and maybe that will convince them to do something about it.

What other jobs allow working at home? - Posted By: HappyCat

I am thinking of going back to school now, while I have a reasonably good job.  Problem is, because of medical concerns, I have to be able to work from home.  What other options are there for folks like me who find it a requirement to work from home?

Any advice appreciated. 


questions between two jobs - Posted By: brandy

 i have been offered a job locally, which i would prefer paying 1 wopping cent higher, but they dont include spaces in line count..do you think i should take it?

voiceware/voicescribe - Posted By: colormedainty

hi there! does anyone know or encountered these softwares before? i hope someone could give me an overview of these. thanks. appreciated it...

sick cat - Posted By: sandy54

Help. Our cat stopped eating about 5 days ago. She will eat maybe 1 bite a day, does drink water.  No upper respiratory signs, no vomiting/diarrhea, she just sits very still for long periods.  Can't get her into vet for a couple more days.  She is getting very thin, not grooming herself.  Tried fancy food, things she likes, not interested. Any suggestions?

Question: doc dictates "pt is generally p***ed off." - Posted By: MadamX

I'm half tempted to type it just that way....Would you?

need some help for 2 yr old - Posted By: sm

my daughter's child has some molars coming in that are causing irritation and sores in her mouth. She has at least 3 'big' ones i'm told.  Any home remedies that anyone can offer?  thanks.

Not a Commodity - Posted By: Barb S.

I have been doing transcription for 35 years. I had a business for ten years in the 80s with nine women working with me and for me. I paid 10 cpl back then and then realized that p/hr pay would be better for quality, which it was. They still made 10.00/hr back then which was terrific in the 80s. I didn't drive a big car or take fancy vacations, I just wanted to work and make some money and work for someone who knows transcription and will not be making decisions about how I do my job, never sitting an hour in my chair. Alas, though, I dropped the business because by then persons of interest, (the male species) had come onto the scene and thought,"now here is a real good way to make a lot of money off the backs of someone else." They thought transcription was a commodity. I do not agree with that.

I went to work for a hospital and have been there for almost 20 years and have been through enough. I was making 17.50/hr and doing a good day's work. Then everything went to heck. We were put on line counts that were extremely hard to achieve 185/hr just for now (of course they also lengthened the line) and only pay 7cpl. They will of course re-visit this and change it to 200 and then 220 as things progress. I now work twice as hard, for a lot less money. Oh and we also do not get 10 minutes per hour of DT to go to the BR or look up information. We now get 3 min/hr to do that. It seems that now the doctors are dictating with a style that rivals someone with a speech impedement of the largest proportions even more so than in the past.

There is simply no respect for transcription and transcriptionists these days. After doing some doctors' dictation, I wouldn't send my dog to them, much less put my life in their hands.

To make a long story short, their interest was to outsource our department (because all of our ladies have more than 10 years here. No one new has been hired in 10 years and we have a healthy benefit package). Well the didn't want to give us severence pay or employment counseling so they made this whole set up impossible to achieve so people would quit. Of course we are too smart for that. So many people have retired or decided to just let fate take hold. Three verbal warnings, one written and then extermination, oh, excuse me, termination! This way we get unemployment so we can afford COBRA and go back to school for another kind of job. This is the way it is going to be going. This is what we are told by the powers that be. All over the country Transcriptionist jobs will be more like slave labor. I'm hurt, angry and disappointed that I will not retire from this hospital, but I will get over it. My last day is June 26. I have let myself be terminated to on to brighter and better things. I start at the community college in August and intend to have a better life. 

I know that there are transcriptionists out there that are happy with their jobs and I really hope you can keep them and keep up with what they want you to do. We are not incompetent because they changed our way of pay to Pay for Performance and cannot do it. They have made it impossible to work for a decent wage. The last thing my employment lawyer I went to see on behalf of our ladies said to me was "It sounds to me like they are trying to get you all to quit."

With the job market the way it is having unemployment is better than sticking it out in an impossible situation and stressing myself to the point of no return. I take pride in my work. My QAs have always been 98.9 or above. But, there really is no respect for us anymore in many hospitals. If you are happy with your administration, congratulations. Hopefully someone who has never sat an hour in your chairs will not be making monumental decisions such as how to pay you, when they have no idea what really goes on with transcription. No MBA should be totally responsible for that without at least having transcription input.

Happy Days!!!!


any fans of the TV series, The Virginian? - Posted By: sm

If so, there is a bunch of fans from around the world that have a website...


They have some great pics.  My hubby and Jim Drury are friends and we just became aware of the site ourselves, so i just thought i'd share with ya'll.

MY QA took out the semicolon. What do you do? - Posted By: mablemt

He then underwent an ultrasound in March 1999; at which time, he was noted to have BPH.

Thanks in advance for your help!

but I still love my job - Posted By: just venting this morning

How many of you have doctors whose dictation sounds like they are a commentator on a golf course, afraid for anyone to hear them, INCLUDING YOU! 

let's take a poll - Posted By: ticked

I am ticked about something that I probably should just forget about and count my blessings.  I work at home usually until about 5 or 5:30 pm.  My husband comes home from work at 4 pm.  He does not even say hello or give me a peck on the cheek let alone a hello smack on the lips. He thinks I should get up out of my chair and quick working for a little bit if I want attention.  Anyone else in this same boat?