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ChartScript- is it productive software?

Posted By: MT on 2005-07-08
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As far as easy to get line counts.  Is is already loaded with spellcheck and can you use your own abbreviation expander.

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True. If someone offers automated software that's integrated with Word, like ExText, ChartScript,
Yeah, you're right. Who cares who licenses your software? Heck, I use all pirated software anyw

why pay for anything, right?

Except that is AGAINST THE LAW!!!

A friend of mine got one and she is finding that some of her software, specifically her ISP software
productive day

Hello to Everyone in MT Land:

I pray that everyone will have a productive and fulfilling day.  Please know that your work is important, and you are helping countless people.  I encourage you to become better and better at what you do.  Have a great day!

But as soon as I get productive
That's the part I hate about drinking coffee - as soon as I get in the groove my kidneys wake up right along with the rest of me!
This is the process I use and seems the most productive
When I get a bad dictator, which is 70% of the time, whether it be one who rushes, one who mumbles, an ESL, or one with a bad phone line, i'll type the report quickly, leaving blanks, just to give it a dry run and an overall feel for what its about.  Then I go back and listen carefully, research if needed, and fill in the blanks.  With this, about 75% of the time I can get ALL the blanks.  I don't obsess over something too much the second time around.  If its an easy dictator, I'll go through it slowly and carefully one time and send it on its way without rereading. 
being productive with an infant...?
Hi everyone!! I have a 6-week-old beautiful baby girl who LOVES to be held all of the time (she is breastfed). I've really been struggling with making production, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on this. I do not want to have to pay a sitter, as I feel I can work this out. Sometimes she is content to lay across my lap, propped against the arm of the couch. This works pretty well (although I'm at a funky angle and make more typing errors)...since she doesn't tolerate the swing or the bouncy seat for very long....
Yeah, have a productive day.......
and let's hope the children are well behaved today! LOL!
Sorry that I'm happier and more productive than you are!

This is the BEST way to work, most productive etc. I
VR using EXText -- is it productive? SM

Getting ready to start doing VR through EXText.  I watched a demonstration of the VR editing process and it looks horrible!  From what I saw, it is not as simple as listening to the report, taking your foot of the pedal, and making a change.  There is a process of alt+s and then highlight the word to correct, etc...  It just looked very VERY tedious and unproductive.  I currently transcribe using EXText and have used EXText since it was first marketed, so I'm very familiary with it.  The VR portion of it is very new to me and seems like more of a burden than anything.

Then I was told that iChart will make the VR process much simplier and I'm wondering if this is true?

I have experience with VR using Escription and with the FutureNet program and both are so simple to use.  The Dictaphone software just looks completely complicated and I can't see making any money using it.

Anybody who has experience with iChart, Dictaphone VR and EXText and would like to share their opinions and give me some more info, would be greatly appreciated!


Is ABCZ the most productive?

I am just curious.  Do you all productive MTs feel that the abcz method/system is more productive than other systems?  I need to double my production.  I am only getting 800 lines a day and I need 2000, but I cannot work 24 hours a day! 


If u need server software, try guild ftp. If just user software
then try cuteftp, coffeecupftp, or wsftp. They don't charge a line rate and I believe guildftp server software is still free.
very user friendly, productive ...
i was disappointed my lines didn't increase more dramatically over old system -- but there was an increase. I like it well enough i hope i never have to use another system. Maybe the 'decrease' in lines others report is due to messing around on the internet instead of working, as 2 minutes here and there really can add up...
For you happy highly productive MQ MTs

 Help those of us who are struggling by giving us some pointers on what you are doing to be so successful and happy.  I am very discouraged.  I do not want to have to start over with a new company.  I have 15 years experience, 8 of those with MQ.  Since DQS, I cannot get quota.  Never had a problem before, so I am not understanding. 

Please give me any suggestions that might increase my productivity.  And before all the comments of "stay off the board" begin - I am not working today.  I do have some self discipline.




what shift are you guys more productive
I'm thinking of switching to split, so I can get my brain and hands away to rest, but I dont know if i'll just dread working the rest of my shift all day.  I've been doing straight first shift for over 10 years and its taken a toll on my mind and body, I figure I could get stuff done during the day, and come back to it.  But again, the dread of working still scares me.  Anyone find they are more productive on a certain shift and why?  First, Second, third or split? 
Most productive work type?

What is the most productive work type?  Radiology, OP, etc?  Which one can you really make the money on? 


I work on Scribe and think it is very productive...JMO
If you are productive at both jobs and are able to both at the same time, why...
is it criminal? 
Help staying awake and productive
I have real problems staying awake, focused and productive.  I am alone all day, I think I get enough sleep, and I keep the TV on in the other room for another voice, but I get bored and can't keep my concentration and then I start web surfing and my productivity goes in the hopper.  Any suggestions on staying awake and focused?
I am productive, but I am for 15 mins/2 hours sm
and truly, this does not drop my productivity any. I have an AI where I have rheumatoid-type symptoms. If I don't get up every couple of hours, I won't be able to get up. With this AI comes issues with energy, vision, hearing and vertigo...and pain, chronic constant pain. I find that work helps get my mind off of these things, but I have to take breaks.

I have been a power napper at my desk too, but that was when I was up at 2 a.m. to work, something I can no longer do because I can't sleep before 10 p.m. and that is only 4 hours. I find I focus better with at least 7 hours' sleep, better still with more like 8 to 9 hours' sleep. When I am working I DO NOT forget to eat, but I eat lightly, shun sugar, fat and starches which make me more tired and I lose focus. I munch veggies, rice cakes, bean spreads. I will start the day with fruit, followed by coffee which seems to get me up and running. I eat when I am up every couple of hours, but it is a small light snack. Sleep and food seem to be the clues to my being able to sit for those 8 hours.

I would also tell you that taking a day off on a Friday or Monday (or both) and having a long week filled with sleep, good food, being warm, comfortable and doing as little as possible can help burn out. I take bubble baths, sip a bit of brandy, snuggle in my bed with hot tea and reset myself.

I think being home working with the dishes and the laundry and the dust all calling your name causes work stress, a sort of dread and in the end, depression. If your family is around you too with noise, mess and friends, it creates more stress, dread and depression. Then, the cost of living goes up and up and up, but our line rates do not, so you find yourself pushing harder for less and less, more stress, dread and depression. In the end, you are probably like many of us, we don't remember to take care of ourselves!

So please, make time to take time for yourself. It doesn't have to cost...I use nice teas, bubble baths, body sprays, long walks, a small coffee at the coffee shop, giving myself a pedicure, putting linen spray on my pillowcases...creature comforts that lift the spirits. I can tell when I have been forgetting to take care of myself, I am down and a little sad, definitely tired.

The other thing I do is set aside $5 to spend on myself, frivolously, every paycheck. I work hard (as you do) and I deserve something for my efforts besides paid up bills. These are my incentive to work more and make more...I'd like a $10 goodie!
Definitely one who is productive and quality conscious.

It does not matter if you are an MT or editor.

I was very productive on straight and don't know where people
get this idea that only nonproductive people prefer VR. I was very fast on straight, still am but I happen to love VR, still have occasional straight. I totally disagree with you on this. I did over 2000 lines on straight but on my VR platform do around 3000 or better, never double and certainly not triple. I especially like because ESLs are much easier to edit than to straight type those now as we have so many more to do than in years past. People used to ask to see me type I would be so fast, clocked at 145 WPM and love, love VR.
shouldn't you be studying or working or something productive?
Geez Busy, you been on these boards under one name or another all the live long day.  Lonely?  Crack those premed books.  hahahaha
Then the co. should hire more techies. Not productive for the MTs or the co., to have things
If you could share one thing that made you more productive
Need tips on being productive with cardiology procedures
how do you stay consistent and productive working at home?
Just wondering.  I have a hard time lately with being disciplined enough to sit and do what I am supposed to.  What do you guys do if that happens to you?
You'd be even more productive if you used marker keys instead of the spacebar. Using the spaceba
Personally, I am more productive with OPs because much of OP notes are repetitive and it is easy
create abbreviation expanders.  I like radiology too for the same reason, but I'm not quite as productive with radiology because the reports are so short.
They find it more productive to complain on anonymous message boards
I don't get it either.
Has anyone used IntraScript or I-Scriptor as a platform? User-friendly, productive? Any comments?
I use it and really like it.  Expander is similar to autocorrect.   I would make my line count if I was able to sit down for 5 minutes without being bothered.
ChartScript - SM
This is a great offer.  The benefits are so-so for a hospital, but not bad.  You will easily get your line count working in ChartScript.  ChartScript counts all demographics, headers, footers, bold, italic, etc. on and off counts as two characters, as well each bold, italic, underlined character counts as two.  If you normally type 200 lines an hour on a standard 65 character line with spaces, because of the way ChartScript counts lines, those 200 lines in ChartScript would be closer to 300.  Make sure it's not ChartScript.net, SoftMed's browser based transcription platform, because if it is, it will be extremely difficult to get your line count.  There is a huge difference between ChartScript and ChartScript.net. 
Anybody know any companies that use Chartscript?

I'm wondering if anyone has the same problem I'm having with Chartscript.  I have never worked in Chartscript before, and my new primary account is in Chartscript. This is a brand-new account for my company (I work for a small MTSO), and they are pretty clueless with Chartscript and with Instant Text so are no help to me on this issue.

I don't know if it is my Instant Text that is causing the problems that I'm having.  Sometimes when I'm in Chartscript, I'll use a heading from my Instant Text in the document.  Then when I go to the next heading to insert it from Instant Text, it will copy the previous heading that I've just inserted.  Also, sometimes if I have just copied and pasted something, it will insert that rather than the Instant Text entry that I am trying to insert into the document.  It is SO aggravating and time-consuming!!

Also, Chartscript is so slow!  It's like it can't keep up with my typing, but it happens even if I'm just trying to highlight something in the document or delete something.... it is so cumbersome it seems!!  Is it ME, or is this something that other MTs have problems with also in Chartscript.  Need some feedback please!

Thanks for responding to my question. I have cable internet. The only thing on my computer that goes slow is Chartscript. I search something on Google in a different window and it is really fast, then I go back to Chartscript and get so aggravated! See my problem is that I've come to rely on Instant Text SO much.. have used it for 3 years and just the thoughts of working without it scared me so much. I was told there isn't a way to import our Expanders into CS. I really do think though that it is the INstant Text program that is messing me up here. I'm gonna have to try to figure this out and start using the expanders in Chartscript, I know it! :o) Thanks again..
Thanks very much.
Also, I've read a post that it does not work with expanders, is that correct?

Tx for the reply.
Can someone who uses Chartscript

Please tell me how to run my linecount.  I really need some help with this.  Started with a new company and asked but have not received an answer yet...maybe they don't want to discourage me??  Thanks in advance

We use chartscript at the hospital where I work.  On your main screen at the top is Reports.  Click on this, then User Documents.  Put in the date range and then click okay...then click on Print Preview.  This should do it   :)

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.

Can anyone who works on ChartScript tell me if it is Word-based, and what they thing of it?  TIA.
Chartscript, sm
as far as the format- sorry donít know that.
I am about to take on a new account that will be using Chartscript.  I am wondering if normally when using Chartscript is the work is in a pool or is it assigned to each individual MT?  Or does it depend on the company and how they do it?  I am totally new to Chartscript and don't know what to expect. 
Chartscript is the platform used to transcribe the reports and is word-based software. It has nothing to do with how the work is distributed or "pooled" ... that would be done through their dictation system, i.e. Lanier, Dictaphone, etc.
I don't know about ShortHand but Instantext will. I just started using Chartscript and so far hate it because I cannot use Smartype which is what I am used to. I also do not know how to get my spellchecker to work in this. It just doesn't recognize anything. I NEED my spellcheck. If anyone can help with this please let me know.
It is Chartscript.net and ...
yes - said it was linked and when I click on the chartscript typing page the IT goes away or the whole screen locks up and flickers like fireworks!!!  I have never had a problem with IT running with anything before???
My company uses Chartscript right now and is fairly user friendly... we use Word/Stedman's and I have ShortHand abbre. progam, all work fine with it.   You can check the patient's other records, which is a super feature and copy and paste if need be into the document.   Why are they changing from Extext?... as I work for a 2nd company who is looking to have that installed...
IT and chartscript..
Thank you twitters, I had that question a few months back, would come up and link,but when went to type disappeared.  Glad to know I was not using my mind!!!
Re: Chartscript.net
Thanks so much for your feedback. Not sure what I'll do yet since I don't know what my choices will be, or if this is the only account. But at least I know I wasn't imaging things and that others have experienced the same problems. I totally agree with you. It's hard to be productive when you're working on a platform that goes against productivity rather than helping it. Companies just don't seem to care about our end of things and the process we go through to create their reports. They just want to see the final version, and they want it perfect!! Good luck to you in your future endeavors.