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All things being equal, do you prefer to work with a C-phone or use WAV files over the internet? sm

Posted By: anon on 2006-01-04
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What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each.  I have only ever used a c-phone but think I may bet getting ready to use WAV files and foot pedal for an account and am a little anxious!  TIA

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Does anyone use laptop & cell phone/Internet Card for work?

I am not real computer literate but am wondering if I couldn't get unlimited Internet with a cell phone plan and use that for my on-line job/Internet connection exclusively. I have found plans for around $70/month.

If so, I was thinking too I could possibly give up my land line phone, Callwave, my dial-up ISP (as that is all we have available where live) and actually save a little money by doing so. I don't make/receive a lot of land line calls and I have a TracFone cell phone that I don't use much now. I get excellent reception with that where I live. We have a huge tower within walking distance of where I live but we live out in the "sticks". :D I know my connection would be dependent on the reception where I live and the cell phone service I would use. I am not sure which one truly has the best coverage and/or who may be using the tower by our home but TracFone apparently does. :)


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i have a massive library but still prefer the internet
Especially when working on-line, the Internet is a much faster, up-to-date resource.

Your brand of rudeness is a terrible thing to have in this profession.

Ever hear of the doctor with no bedside manner? This applies to MTs helping MTs also. The next time you need assistance, I pray for your sake Divine Intervention doesn't help you first!
PDA use for voice files over internet?

A chiropractor called me today to see if I could transcribe his reports using a PDA with voice files over the internet.  I told him that I am sure I could accommodate him but that I was unfamiliar with that process and would have get back to him within the week, yet now I am at a loss at what to do.  What program do I use?  Can it work along with my microcassette transcriber/pedals, which I use for other chiropractors and PTís.  I


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Safe, easy way to transfer files over internet?


I need to safely transfer audio files over the internet.  The physicians' office staff will be sending me the audio files, so this needs to be something fairly easy, so I can teach them, and it won't take too much of their time each week.  Picking up tapes is beginning to get too time consuming and uses a lot of gas.  Can anyone tell me the safest, easiest, and most cost effective way of doing this.  I bought each of the physicians a digital hand-held record that converts the files into wav files.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I also posted this on technical board, but I am desperate, as we need to begin the change ASAP.  Thank you!  Lynn

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Broadband/Internet Phone - sm
Hi - I've been using USA DATANET (it's available in my area) without any problems on a Lanier and DVI (Like C-Phone). Mine is $24.95/mo for unlimited long distance. I can turn my Internet modem off at night, and therefore, can't use the phone if that is off. Otherise, no problems. Hope this helps.
It's just a phone. Not internet anything. Real SM
easy once you learn how to use it. It doesn't have anything to do with the internet, you could type the work on a typewriter or write it -- it's just a way to hear the dictation.
Is anyone using the new internet phone service through
your local cable company or Vonage or something like that.  How do you like it?  Any troubles we should be aware of?  Thanks for any info.
RE: Is anyone using the new internet phone service through
I have internet services and digital phone service through Time-Warner, and it is great!
Anyone using VoIP (internet phone) with a
DVI or C-phone to transcribe, and does it work well?  If so, what company do you use?  Are those companies cracking down on transcription like the regular LD carriers?
for the internet, I use my local phone co...sm
www.bellsouth.net is my local internet provider and they have been my local phone company for 30 years......was on dialup for 8 years but switched to DSL light a yr ago and had 2 outages in this year for only a short time.  With cable companies (they are your TV provider too, right?) - when they go out, so does your internet unfortunately and is why I didn't choose my cable company...my TV goes out at least 50-75 times a year (live in lightning capital of the USA *lol*)
Recording files from C-phone to tape???

Hi, has anyone ever recorded files from a C-phone onto cassette tapes?  I have an account that is accessed via C-phone.  I am going to be going out of town for a couple days and wanted to record some work to take with me.  Can this be done?  I have a Lanier micro-cassette player and a Dictaphone C-phone.  Is there an attachment of some sort that could accomplish this?  Thanks for any help you can offer.


if you already have cable/internet, you should get a deal for having the phone also.
WAV files are better. No dialing in. No tying up your phone line.
Sound quality is good.
If you want to work on the internet from home, take an internet course
But only from Andrews School or M-TEC. Many companies will waive the 2-years' experience requirement and will test and hire you if you go to either of those schools. Do NOT bother with At Home Professions, Penn Foster, US Career Institute, or ESPECIALLY Trans-Am, which is also known as Trans-SCAM and is a total ripoff. You will have a VERY difficult time getting hired without experience unless you choose Andrews School or M-TEC. Yes, they cost more, but that's because they are excellent training programs, not "correspondence courses."
Internet service without land-line phone

I recently looked into this subject myself.  If you have Verizon available in your area, you can purchase a plan at about $55.00 per month with a two-year contract.  You will receive a card that you can insert into your laptop, which will provide you with unlimited Internet access at the speed of DSL.  As far as I know, there are no other cell service providers that have come up with this type of card yet, but I'm sure it's bound to happen in the future.  Another option is to purchase a satellite telephone and phone cards as you go along, but the cards are really outrageous in price.  One last thing that I would suggest is that you phone cell providers in your area to see if they have any technical gadgets you could attach to the cell phone for Internet access.  Many of the satellite phone companies have separate packages you can buy, which can be attached to laptops or PDAs.  I also have a TracPhone, so I know it does not come with hardware that will do the trick.


Good luck to you in setting everything up.  With the way that technology is moving, I'm sure there must be a way to accomplish what you want. 

so, you have dial up for internet? plugged into your phone line.
and your foot pedal has a phone line plug too? Thats odd, cuz normally it would be a USB plug. but yes, you can by an outlet to install, i had to do the same thing a long time ago on a different computer. it was called something like an eathernet adapter....you should be able to take the foot pedal to radio shack adn they will give you exactly what you need.
C-phone used to call in to dictating systems to receive work. A special phone. nm
Love wav files. No extra phone line needed,
no LD charges, and love being able to sit on my porch on a nice day and work. 
You cannot download files via your c-phone. You will dial into the dictation server SM

with the C-phone and transcribe live.  Do you know what kind of transcription platform you are typing in? 

No, they're talking about Internet phone calls, not FTP transfers.
The physicians aren't actually calling you over the Internet to dictate. You're downloading sound files and uploading documents.
Dahhhh internet or Dahhhhh local phone book!
Yeah, I'd prefer US work for sure, just not sure if its possible. NM

If you use a C-phone for work and have a digital phone

through cable, have you tried to take an incoming call?

We only have one phone line.  I rarely get/make calls and when I do we have cell phones.  I just started working with a C-phone and got digital phone.  I can go a month and my phone not ring, so far have gotten 3 calls today, but I'm afraid that if I try to answer the phone that I will lose my report. 

I guess I could pull up a report and have my husband call on his C-phone and test it that way and then if I lose it no biggie. 



HAHA! Yes! I have those daily! But it's not really work as I work nights, it's little things l
turning on the pool filter in the morning and then in the afternoon running out there because I thought I forgot to turn it on. Or preheating the oven and then 5 minutes later saying "shoot! I forgot to preheat the oven!" It's really bad. And I'm only 31. I'm not 90!

I don't know if dementia or Alzheimer's runs in my family, but this could be a sign of something to come. Or as my husband says - you jut don't pay attention to much. He's probably right!
The company I work for said cable phone wouldn't work, just FYI.
Do you use the internet to get your work? If so, sm
I can tell you a lot about working on a laptop via the internet. Been doing it for about 2 years now. I've taken it all over the country, but since I need high speed internet, I haven't always been successful. Took it to Disney twice and it only worked once at one of the resorts. the other time I couldn't even get access.

Spent the entire summer in Houston (I live near Atlanta) and it worked beautifully out there. Stayed with my brother and didn't have to take any time off.

I can work outside while the kids play here on my wireless card.

I had no luck with external keyboards, though. I used my laptop keyboard to the point where the E doesn't work after 2 years, so now I am on a stationary computer at home.

I wouldn't discourage anyone from doing this, though. It's been great for me.
Oh please, of course your internet is for work
Other deductions include anything you've done to your home; I think we wrote off the fence in the backyard, a shed, etc.  Oh, and as far as mileage, any time you go to an from the supply store; you need to write that off.  I almost always run out of tissues for my office, and need to get them each week from the grocery store, so I write that mileage off....  You two can play the games the IRS plays, and if I'm self employed, then yes, I will take any deduction I can get down the pencils and light bulbs for the lamps and lights around me; it is all office supplies.  Be smart people!
Why would Olympus files not work with FTP?
The types of file shouldn't have any impact on FTP use. FTP is simply a place to store and transfer files, whatever the type. Can you provide more details as to why you think they don't work well with FTP? FTP is the quickest and easiest way to transfer files, IMO.
Anyone use a PC Card for their Internet/MT work?

I am bringing my question to the top from my response to someone's post below.

I live in the country and do not even have cable available - only dial-up. 

I recently purchased a laptop and it only came with an ExpressCard slot (which it is my understanding that laptops in the future will be built with these and not PC slots). The ExpressCards have not hit the local Verizon or Sprint stores yet but I hear they are to soon and I plan to try one. I hope to be able to drop my dial-up ISP and just use my laptop for my on-line job. I also have my own local account where I pick up tapes and deliver their transcription and I can continue to use my regular PC for that work if I choose to.

Anyway, I would really appreciate knowing how you like your "card" for connecting to the Internet and how well it works out for you. Do you know if Verizon or Sprint has more coverage area? Have you traveled much with yours to see if you are able to get connections? How reliable has this been and how fast of a connection rate do you get on average?

I sure would appreciate any info you could share regarding this. Thanks so much.


Yes, any AV will work with any internet program.
Okay...do you work? How can you afford your internet? nm
AWESOME - does it work with sound files???
I love It thanks!
The files need to be associated with a player for pedal to work.
I use DSS files too. I work through the MedEDocs site. sm
My foot pedal is a 15 pin foot pedal that is plugged into the joy-stick port on my tower. I went to Radio Shack to get the 15-pin adapter to get it to work in the USB port. I think the adapter was maybe $15 or so. It works just fine.
Thanks, b/c 5 files at a time wouldn't work for me. nm
Mine avg. around $2K a year that is it -- all work via the internet- sm
I cannot see how anyone can write off $10K unless they are fudging things or have a very large office area in a very expensive house with a BIG mortgage---and drive back and forth delivering tapes, print outs, etc. I do not do the mortgage/office deduction so I am sure I could write off another $1K if I did that, but as I don't know when we are moving (planning to one of these days) I don't want the hassle so I just eat that one. As for my write offs I deduct anything remotely used or needed for work, electricity, paper, ink for my printer (print patient lists), my fax service, internet, FTP, any programs/upgrades, virus protection, reference books, any equipment (did my computer a couple years ago), phone line for work, etc. I am sure there is more (i.e. a new desk, chair, etc.). If you use it for work, write if off. --From the sounds of it though your accountant is right.
Yes, but the test files are indicative of the actual work.
If the sound quality was so terrible, you didn't want to work there anyways! Right? I do know how you feel. I brain fahrvegnugened on the difference between brady and tachy. Now, everybody knows that one. I just got momentarily confused on it because I get "deer in the headlight" syndrome on oral testing.
It must be a dss file. the newest version will not work with dss files sm
even when you install their codec for it. try uninstalling and install ES from this link their tech guy gave me for version 4.15.
No special files needed. If the PC has USB ports, then it will work. SM

Simply download the ShortHand install file from the website onto the jump drive.  Then open up your jump drive and install it.  When it asks for the file location (which defauls to c:programs) change it to your jump drive (on my PC it is the F drive).  Then install it.  The entire program will install on your jump drive.  Then plug into to whatever PC you want to use, open up the drive, double click the shorthand icon and it will run the program in the background from your jump drive.

I did it for years.  I had to type radiology in the office into Cerner with no abbrev Expander provided by the hospital.  I used my jump drive and it worked like a dream.  Everybody was amazed at how productive I was.  Never, EVER ask the IT people to help, the answer will always be no.

Does satellite internet work to type into Meditech?

I can't get cable or DSL, and wonder if satellite will work.

Anyone use Olympus player/pedal for work files- e-mail me nm
Delete your voice files at the end of your shift or before you start work again. No
When things dry up in MT, what kind of work will you do?

I am finishing my studies to be a teacher and it should be pretty good money and rewarding, but standing in front of people *blech*.

I'm trying to get over my stage fright.  Any suggestions for stage fright?

I am a new mother too and here are a few things that work for me.....

I am a new mother too and I have tried many things to take care of my little guy's needs as well as make production on my account....it takes a lot of effort to try to do both at the same time. All I can say is that I have found it is best to do the majority of your work while the baby is sleeping (whether that means late in the evening or very early in the morning- if your company will allow this). I know that when an infant is only 6-weeks-old, it is very difficult to determine any type of "schedule" to allow time to work, but it may get a little easier as she gets a little older. My suggestion to you is that perhaps you check with a relative that lives nearby (a niece is perfect) to see if she would be interested in coming to sit with the baby for a few hours a few days a week so that you can get some work done. I actually started doing this a few months ago and it has worked out great. The baby is content because he is being held and played with, I am content because I am able to work and also I feel relaxed that the baby is nearby in case I am really needed, and my neice is happy to earn a little extra money and also is excited to gain a little more experience with babysitting. I know that this doesn't work for everyone, but it works good for me. I have my own little office area, so I am able to not be so distracted by the baby when he does cry.

Also, I have found it to be a perfect opportunity to work when my spouse comes home from work. I don't really like to sacrifice our together time, but I sometimes will take 1 hour or so to try to work on my account just to try to help boost my productivity. Again, of course this is all provided that you have an account that allows you to work a more flexible schedule.

Being a new mom and an at home MT is not easy. It is like cramming 2 full-time jobs into one. Sometimes, it is nice to make a few adjustments to your schedule such as the ones I have mentioned just to break your day up alittle bit, otherwise making production quotas will be extremely difficult. These are just ideas for you that have helped me and I am sure that you will find many more that will help for you as the baby grows.

I wish you much success with your career & motherhood! :)


I didn't have trouble when I installed, but it doesn't work well with Internet Exploer 7. sm
I have had to uninstall IE 7 due to script errors and such.  Works great with the IE 6 though. 
things sometimes work for a reason; maybe surgery would have gone bad
It did not work with my C-phone (sm)

The function keys were not recognized, forward, backward on the foot pedal, etc.  I did not want to re-program my phone just to use, assuming I could figure out what it would recognize.  I sent it back.  Wonderful idea, great technology.  Works with a regular phone, though.  Received a prompt refund.  Hope this helps. 

this is equal to a very old formula
Back when documents were produced on typewriters, formulas were created to define the average length of a line. It was defined as 10 words with spaces, with the average word being 5 characters - thus 55 printed characters per line.

All the ad your reading is saying is that they will take all the visible characters you produce and divide it by 55 to decide your final production at the end of the day. It does not include bolding, underlining, hard returns, spaces, etc., as had been defined by the old AAMT.

The new AAMT/MTIA whatever it is called monster is redefining a line as only characters you see and this ad is embracing the new definition and defining 55 visible characters as a line. A 55 visible character line is approximately equal to a 65 line that includes spaces - but I bet they are not going to compensate for thespacesyouneedtoinsertintotthelinetomakeitreadable.

Wonderful, got it--I see now it does work here too to make things smaller
thank you, very kind of you to tell me. I've made eveything on this page smaller now. Muy bien. Happy typing.