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Chartscript.net does not count spaces. nm

Posted By: Just a MT on 2008-10-01
In Reply to: ChartScript Users PLEASE READ - Consultant


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DQS does count spaces
DQS counts everything on your text page including spaces. However, it does not count anything imported into the ADT field. It does count anything the MT types into the ADT field.

My problem with your post is that your office actually reduced your line rate because they said you would be making more money? That is really messed up. Here's why: Even though many ADT fields are autopopulated, these are characters we would normally get paid for. We still have to listen through the dictator giving the information, information I was able to type in no time and get paid for it. Then there are the times we have to do searches and sometimes be very creative with the searches and sometimes have to sift through multiple admissions to be sure we have the right selection. Then there are the times the doctor keys in data for the wrong admission and we have to recognize and fix.

Therefore, this simple ADT field and the fact we do not get paid for it, IMO, takes away whatever production assets the program offers. I have been on DQS for a year and am lucky to produce the same as I was on my old platform. Since I know everything in the text field is counted, the only reason I can figure is the ADT field.

Any MT who was cut back in pay when put on DQS should absolutely be upset because I don't think anyone's production has really been increased that substantially.

DQS does count spaces, but you definitely deserve the 1/2 cent increase.
Gross line count without spaces?
I've been corresponding with an MTSO, and she tells me that she pays gross line without spaces.  Is there such a thing?  I have both Abacus and MPCount, and neither of those programs has an option to count gross lines without spaces.  Any input would be appreciated.  Thanks!
No, I do not have Word, Just Works that does not count spaces.
Need to count gross lines only w/o spaces, sm
Used Sylcount free download but it expired.  Any alternatives.  Did not like Practicount.  Need to count gross lines only.  How do I do that using MS Word? 
In Word you take the line count with spaces SM

and divide it by 65.  That will give you your line count.  So, if my report had 11,700 characters with spaces, that would equal 180 lines.  Multiple 180 lines x. 0.11 (your cost per line) and that would equal $19.80 for that particular report.

Good luck!


extended word count counts spaces. nm
In Word, take the character count (with spaces) divided by 65... SM
that will give you an accurate line count, but you'll have to write the character count down for each and every report before you finish and send the report.  I put a button on my tool bar that I just clicked to bring up the document counts and then I just kept a log that wrote down job number and character count for each report.  Then at the end of the day just add up the characters divide by 65 and you've got your line count for the day.  Kind of a hassle, but worth it in the long run.
0.12/cpl, macros count as 2 characters, backspacing is given to us as 1 character. No spaces. Aut
Someone told me that basically it mean without spaces so I guess that makes sense if your only count

My line including spaces is 65 characters. I've heard that not counting spaces
takes away over 35% of your line count. I believe it too because you have at least 15 or so spaces on each line that you type. Use your first sentence up top as an example; you had 77 char and 21 spaces - in that line that would be a little less than 30% of your characters that you didn't get paid for. I don't think it's worth it and wouldn't want to work without getting credit for my spaces.
They used to not pay for spaces, but a poster here said they are getting spaces paid. Are there 2
Pay No Spaces, Type No Spaces nm
without spaces compared to with spaces
10 cpl without spaces equals to how many cpl with spaces? 
Spaces versus no spaces....

Can someone tell me how big of a difference it makes if a company pays for spaces versus no spaces.  I have only every been paid without spaces.  I have been offered a position that pays for spaces, but the cpl is less than I am making now.  I am not sure if getting paid for spaces will make up for the pay cut.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Take the character count divded by 65 and that will give you your line count.
it does not count gross lines...I count 37 and it counts 67.
Nope, not a higher count. Actually, the count is the same...
I use a word count and not a line count, but because you mentioned it, I ran a few documents using line count, and the count is exactly the same. However, Flashcount has a lot of nifty features.  I like it.  :)
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.
Chartscript help

Hoping someone could help.  I am unable to copy and paste in Chartscript.  I can copy and paste anywhere else, in any other program.  This is a new computer I am using, new install of Chartscript.  On my previous computer and Chartscript, I had the ability to copy and paste in Chartscript.

Any ideas??

Thanks much in advance!

did you try rebooting.  I remember getting that msg before. 
Chartscript.net CC's
I have been using Chartscript.net for 2 years now.  The training was terrible, very superficial and basic, and the manual and web site don't provide any information on adding cc's.  I was wondering if anyone out there knew about adding a cc.  When in a document, you do Ctrl + E and it brings up the cc window.  The top box says "providers on case."  The bottom boxy says "providers copied on document."  Sometimes a doctor is in the top box but not the bottom.  Do you click the green + next to that doctors name to add him to the bottom box so he gets a cc?  Or will he get a cc without adding him to the bottom box?  We have a new transcription clerk and she insisted the top box will all get copies, but the rest of us don't think so.

I have worked with Chartscript for more than five years for two different companies. I know management sets the character count and what is included/excluded from the count, i.e. demographics, etc. I know companies have had class action suits for "cheating" MTs. There should be "checks and balances" - can anyone recommend a good line count software that works in conjunction with Chartscript to verify line count?



One of my clients uses Chartscript
It is a little confusing at first, but once used to it, it is a breeze. You just have to be careful because the system is picky about what it will accept, such as no % signs, but rather spelled out, etc. Not hard. If I can do it, anybody can. :^)
Chartscript and Smartype
Hi, I lurk here, and I need some help. Been an IC for 12 years, using Smartype for almost 10 years I think. I have SEVERE CTS and could not do my job without ST.

Just found out my client who's over 80% of my pay for 12 years now is moving us over to Chartscript. I know older versions of Chartscript would work with ST, but what about now? I'm just terrified that I am going to have to quit because I will lose all my abbv's, and my hands just can't take rebuilding a new set of them. I am feeling very SOL.
I'm hearing a lot of "local" gloom and doom about this. Does anyone have any advice? Encouragement? Ideas?

Thanks everyone. MUCH appreciated.
I worked in ChartScript and

I don't know that Smartype will attach to ChartScript because ChartScript is not a true Word product.  The good news for you, though, is that you can import your Smartype into ShortHand and have it work almost exactly like Smartype.  It is a lot of work converting it into a text file so you can import it into Shorthand, but it is well worth the effort.  Like you, I had been using Smartype about 10 years and could not function without it (or so I thought), but once I realized I could use Shorthand and have all my Smartype entries in it, I felt much better.  I have almost 15,000 entries that I pulled over from Smartype into Shorthand just from the first import.

Don't give up.  Go to Productivity Talk and you can get some good advice about what steps to take to help you.  Good luck!

Yes, it's Chartscript.net uggggh.... SM
I discovered this difference in my research and that's when the panic started to set in LOL!

I've heard CS.net is notorious for losing work too, and there isn't that "backup" provided by Word. I sure hope this all works out better than what I've heard so far about it. I'll give it a try, I'm a good sport.

I've gotten the great suggestion to try ShortHand before I abandon ship, but yes, I'll sure miss my Smartype!!! loyal users, aren't we.

Thanks for the input!
Chartnet by Chartscript
Is anyone working on Chartnet by Chartscript? Would like to know your opinion on it. My hospital is moving to it soon.

Chartscript production
Are you able to get a good line count with Chartscript.  How long would the learning curve be when first starting on CS.  Thanks.
Chartscript was easy for me sm
The learning curve was so simple, just be sure you have the manual, as it makes learning much easier.

I had tech support import my previous expansions, so I was up to speed immediately. I'm sure it would be a bit slower if you had to enter all of your shortcuts from scratch.

It's been a very user-friendly system with few bugs. Good luck to you!
ChartScript Question

I posted this under another post by mistake - - oops!  Here we go again.  I have a possible position as an IC with a service that utilizes ChartScript.  I hear it is a Word-based program; so, does this mean I can import my autocorrect/autotext entries?

ChartScript Expander
I am having a problem with the ChartScript expander.  When I type a short cut it is as if it repeats itself (i.e., copd - - I get chronic obstructive pulmonaryarydiseasedisease).  I have talked with fellow coworkers and they say they put an "x" before each of their shortcuts. I think this would be a pain.  Has anyone had this problem with ChartScript Expanders before?  If so, did you find a solution?  TIA
I use Chartscript.NET, but here is what I do, and it seems to work...
When you make up your abbreviation or expander, at the bottom of the screen are 2 boxes you can check. One says "has front backspace" and the other one says "use as is." If my abbreviations need to be specific such as your COPD, I check the "use as is" box. I have not had any problems yet.....KNOCK ON WOOD. However, if your words make sense before, then it doesn't work. I always type "to the" as
"tot he." Since all 4 are regular words, the Expander will not use "tot he." Other than that, it works pretty well. Hope this helps.
chartscript has its own expander also..sm
I use Chartscript. In a report, try Ctrl-A. You should see it has an expander. If you see COPD in the list, then it will repeat itself when you put COPD in your Word expander. In other words, any abbreviation you add to Word's Expander will repeat itself because it is already in Chartscript's expander. You will need to delete COPD in either your Word Expander OR Chartscript's expander.