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Easy to work with. You can look up old reports. Your own word expander will work

Posted By: with it. Love it! nm on 2007-04-30
In Reply to: Dictaphone ExText system - Angela


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How do you get the shorthand word expander to work in 'word client'?
Word Expander Programs - Are there any expander programs that are easy to use and learn
that are similar to the MS Word expander?  I prefer something very simple.  I like MS Word expander; however I have gone over my limits and cannot add any more shortcuts so I need a program that will hold a larger amount of shortcuts.   Many thanks.
The easy answer, taking all the easy work and
Well, Word is easy to buy and easy to install. Word 97 works great. Cheap. SM
I still would not work anywhere I could not use a spell checker with grammar checker and a Steadman's Medical Spell Checker.

IF they want people to TRANSCRIBE MEDICAL REPORTS, then I guess they better get the programs they need.

It's like probably 110% easier to buy and install Word 97 than to try to program their own programming. And, yes, I do mean Microsoft Word 97. Why? Because you can install it unlimited times, in case you need to install the operating system again. And it has a few features that Microsoft, in its un-wisdom, took away in Word 2000 and 20003 and 2007. So, yes, I'd go with Word 97 for its cheapness and it works better than the later versions. Just my opinion, with 20 years experience being an MT. So what if they "don't have it" on their computer? It's easy to get.
Not easy work at all.
It would be interesting to go to India and see how they are set up. I bet they have a great support staff. I have read that physicians are actually transcribing or acting as information resource as they are paid well in this field comparatively speaking. This "take 'em out" attitude by some QA staff is something I have a feeling is not happening.

Well, I just know that I once felt passionate about this job and I do not anymore.
Easy work,
Can you tell me who you work for, I would love to get started, want to work from home, instead of having to go out to work, especially in this snow!! Am from Canada
Any info much appreciated, how do I know who is good, who isnt, ever heard of Medline Inc.., got email from them, what do u think....
Yes! Thank you. $28 a day is fine with me. Easy work.
Easy work, more like clinic, very low pay.
the work must be super easy (sm)
I've been doing this for a long time and that sounds high to me.
I use it where I work (not Iridium), very easy to use - sm
and what we do is type our report on MS word then paste in it, that way you can use whatever word Expander you want. I would not type in it because you cannot tab by using the tab, automatic lists won't work and do paste well in so I just do the list w/o numbers and format it in IKM as they have a function for that. If you do tab, you can sometimes by accident tab to save and it will save the report before you realize what happened and the report is gone, which is not good. Then you have to go into the chart and type it from there where you can only use your mouse to start and stop the player in the chart. I don't have to input any patient data, just open up the file, sound file loads, you use their player (need 9-pin foot pedal or a converter for USB to 9-pin). The only downside is you cannot change speed of the speaker which stinks, and it only rewinds or FF in 2 second increments and you have to hit the foot pedal each time, no holding it down to get it to do more than 2 seconds. --- lines come out about 1 more than they would if you take the character count and divide by 65, so that is good. We have a true 24 hour TAT, it shows in the work window the date and time it was dictated which makes juggling your work load a lot easier. I don't work in a pool, I have 3 doctors assigned to me so I only do their work. I can do 30 minutes of work in one hour of edit work and about 15-20 mins of straight typing if I don't goof off, have no interuptions and concentrate. I have used three other platforms and I like this one the best.
that you do not use an expander when you work.
They put the complainers/cherrypickers on the easy work, the

8-9 cpl for Gross lines, easy work ....
Where? Where?
Help please my expander won't work with Chartscript...sm
Oh my gosh!!  My Expander doesn't work with Chartscript.  I just started this new account today.  My Smartype Word Expander does not work.  The client recommended Instantext but I downloaded it and it isn't working either.  Am I doing something wrong?  How do I get it to recognize the word expander.  My spellcheck isn't working either.  I have Spellmed spellcheck.  I am lost without my expander and spellcheck.  Any suggestions?
Durn I wish I knew how easy it could have been..I never would have taken this work hard next to

IF by PT you mean Physical Therapy -- it's EASY! I love PT, don't get it where I work now tho
Yes - reputable company. Easy to work for. Pay on time always. nm
Actually, it is quite easy to skip jobs, and I work for a national. sm

Depending upon the account, just press the appropriate number on the C-phone, and *poof* you're at the next job.  In my case, I have no "proof" per se, but when jobs skip from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. then to 1 p.m., etc., and then it gets back to "normal" when you get to the non-ESL docs where I guess they stopped working.  it's not too hard to figure out that someone took what they wanted and left the rest.  It doesn't matter to me.  As has been stated, the MT who cherrypicks cheats himself/herself out of the chance to master everything and assure himself/herself of a larger pool of work.  That goes also for those who limit themselves to only certain work types.  Sure, we all have our preferences (I prefer admit notes and consults), but if you can do everything, then you're more likely not to be one of the ones coming here complaining of no work.

Just my opinion, and you know we all have one.  Happy Friday the 13th!   I have the weekend off for once, and it is actually beautiful weather here.  Yippee! 

Why is it that when I work evening here/there, all reports are 15-min. ESL dictations that no one fe


Previous reports, meaning another MTs work?
Psychiatric work or long reports
Does anyone work for/know of any companies that are hiring for psych work or any other long reports like memory disorders, or compensations? I have three years working with these and acute care. I would like to find long reports to do all the time.
Please write to my e-mail address
Be honest! If you did not think there were random checks on your reports by QA, would you work
I always strive for excellence in my reports partly due to patient care and then there is my own obsessive-compulsive need to be the best, but having said that, are there those MTs who might not try as hard if they didn't have QA breathing down their necks.  Be honest now.
well, it IS work related. I edit those reports all the time.
I work whatever hours I want, as long as I have the reports back in TAT...
I have assigned doctors...
I have to agree that cherrypickers will be out of work when VR takes over, since the harder reports
Even when I worked inhouse and had the opportunity to cherrypick, I didn't. Even now, I am finding out that ESLs are probably easier than than some of the American doctors in the long run, because they get down to business and dictate their report. Most times, they say the same thing over and over. Learn the doc, know his quirks and bang, you are done.
I seriously doubt that type of work is as complex as medical reports.
If you work from a pool, it's when others are leaving you the crappy reports by skipping over the
I don't understand; how does "speaking reports" work? Isn't that called dictating?
ExText has it's own expander. It's not a separate purchase. Other expanders work fine with it,
7 cpl gross and counts blank lines, IC status-- make a ton of money because it's easy work...nm
Acute care work is operative reports, consultations, H&Ps, emergency room, DS basically the type of
dictation found in a hospital setting as opposed to a clinic setting in which you just type office notes and minor procedures.
What word expanders work best with MS word? Or..

.. is there another way?   Do many use the "autocorrect" to make your own word Expander without having to purchase anything?  Does that workout well or is it best to buy expander software? 

I'm setting things up to start again after a couple years out of hte business.  My Spellex spellchecker expired and I had to purchase a new spellchecker.  Also wanting to get my expander going.  GAH!  It's a bit spendy to get things going again... not fun.

I get my work from an FTP site that they load the work to, however I don't have pool work so to
speak, but I tell them how many minutes a day I want.  The work is generally put in my box by 5 pm every day, then I have until 10 am the following day for some priority work, or 3:30 pm for the rest, so TAT is not too bad. I would like to work less at night though, but I working on that. My downside is I do not get the same dictators day to day, there are a few I do on a semi-regular basis though, some generate great lines but take longer to do that other doc's and are not "money-makers", I also do not get paid for spaces so that hurts a bit too.  This is WP5.1 too.....so very antiquated but that is what the hospital uses, so not much choice there. But I understand what you mean about the C-phone. I was just doing another job with C-phone recently...they incidentally did not tell me how to get off of the system, which was very simple.  I'd finish a job, then hit stop and hangup if I wanted to get off or quit working.  That is what you need to do if you want to sleep, eat, etc.  Don't feel guilty, do what you signed up for, believe me they watch the pools and will get others to do the work you don't finish.  If they get on your case remind them that you are only PT and only want 500 lines a day, etc.  It's not worth killing yourself over.  Good Luck.
Work = word
does this only work with Word?
I type on DocQScribe, which has an Expander but I'm just wondering if something like this would be better.
Can you work in word also
Can you work in word so that they can directly download it and then make the corrections.  I have one doc that always changes his letters and so I just email them over and he changes and has his girl do them.  Again, I thought I bent over to help out my accounts but there is no way even I would do this.   Good luck, they are taking advantage of you BIG time. 
Easy to use! You can see old reports & copy to make templates from them, look up doc/Pt
You would work in Word of WP5.1, whichever
you prefer.  Pay per gross line.   Work is staying caught up so not sure they are hiring, but you can apply on-line.
Does PRD work with MS Word? I thought it was for WP 5.1 DOS only? - sm
Or am I getting confused? I have PRD for 5.1; but now use Smartype for WP 5.1 DOS (like it a lot better)....yes it also works on XP but it took me me a LONG time to figure it out. I have passed the "how to" manual onto a lot of people over the last 2 years. Its actually quite simple once you know how. An inexpensive word Expander is Shortcut, and they have the one they sell here Flashtype that is inexpensive as well. I know Shortcut works fine with 98.
I work in EXText with one and just Word with the other. SM

The EXText job is a employee status job I took for benefits.  I work as a remote MT for a 235-bed community hospital.  I would say I do the same 20 docs or so on a weekly basis.  The other account is a dermatology account that is my own and I do three docs there. 

I should add that with the hospital I have a great boss who basically lets us expand everything.  Same with my derm account.  They really don't care, just as long as the works on time and the notes and letters are basically what they said.  No exactly verbatim, but close.

The wife cannot work in Word LOL sm
The wife knows WP but not Word. They have a Mac at home which cannot convert the WP file to Word or that is her excuse why I have to do the conversion for them. This whole business stinks and its just time to move on and not deal with any of this, Im tired of always feeling like a monster and having my heart beat in my throat because I never know what I did wrong this time or how I will be treated when I get in the office.
Make Word 03 and 07 work together!

First of all, I appologize for the LONG message, but well worth reading if you use Word.  I asked this question on the Microsoft Discussion Board on 11/7/08.  Here are the posts:

  >>>> DeviousRedBaron wrote:
>>>>> I am running Word 2007.  For work, I download a template created
>>>>> in Word 2003, then type my document in Word 2007.  After this, I
>>>>> have to import header/footer info that I believe is created with
>>>>> Word 2003. This takes a long time and at the bottom of the screen
>>>>> the message "Word is replacing ..." appears.  Is there any way I
>>>>> can speed this up, or avoid it all together?  I love Word 2007 and
>>>>> would like to continue to use it.  I do have Word 2003 also.  I
>>>>> cannot change the info that I have to download.  I access it
>>>>> through the intranet and it is different for each report.  (I am a
>>>>> medical transcriptionist.) Speed is important in my line of work!
>>>>> Thanks in advance!!!!!

>>> "Graham Mayor" wrote:
>>>> You will need to tell us more about the importing of the
>>>> header/footer. How? From where?
>>>> What is the exact sequence of steps used to create a document. At
>>>> what point does the message appear?
>>>> --
>>>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
>>>> Graham Mayor -  Word MVP
>>>> My web site www.gmayor.com
>>>> Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
>>>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>

>> DeviousRedBaron wrote:
>>> Hi Graham,
>>>  I open my transcription program (created by the transcription
>>> company that I work for) and download my reports over the intranet.
>>> These are voice files and .doc information (that ends up in the
>>> header/footer).  I double click on the report I want to type up and
>>> a template box pops up.  I choose the .dot template that I need and
>>> it automatically opens Word in compatability mode with part of the
>>> header/footer info already in the document.  This is usually the
>>> hospital/clinic address and phone number, or what ever info that
>>> particular company has requested.  On some reports, there are
>>> headings that are loaded into the body of the document as well.
>>> This process is usually pretty quick, depending on my company's
>>> server.
>>> Now, I type up my report in the body of the document.  When I am
>>> finished, I have to apply the demographics to the document.  This is
>>> the information about the patient, clinic/hospital numbers, doctors'
>>> names, cc info...that is also downloaded with the report from the
>>> intranet.  Some of this info goes into the header/footer as well.
>>> Some of this info is "attached" to the document so it is sent to the
>>> correct departments/doctors....  Once I apply the demographics, I
>>> have to wait for Word to replace .....something.  (The message on
>>> the bottom of Word flashes from a long message to a short one very
>>> rapidly, making it impossible to read the entire message!)
>>> I have read a little bit about writing a code (macro) so that
>>> everything opened with Word is opened in 2003 format.  I do not
>>> start Word, it opens with my company software, so I never get to
>>> choose a template in Word.  I have also tried to set the
>>> compatibility for all documents to 2003 and this does nothing.
>>> Also tried to set it up to save as a 2003 document, as well as a
>>> .dot and this does not make any difference.
>>> I am at a loss!  Thanks for your quick response, it is greatly
>>> appreciated!

> "Graham Mayor" wrote:
>> It is the application of demographics - presumably by a macro that
>> appears to be the issue. This was obviously created by the
>> transcription company with Word 2003 in mind. Whether it would be
>> possible to improve that code is impossible to say without seeing it
>> - and really that is a job for the company that provided it, so I
>> will stick to attempting to make the function use Word 2003 rather
>> than 2007.
>> http://www.gmayor.com/Toolbars_in_word_2007.htm demonstrates how to
>> set Word 2003 and 2007 to share the same platform without
>> reconfiguring the registry each time one of them is run to grab the
>> shared settings for itself..
>> You should then be able to associate doc and dot files through
>> Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types - DOC >
>> Advanced  > Open > Edit and change the application used to perform
>> the action to Word 2003, which by default should mean entering
>> "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11WINWORD.EXE" /n /dde "%1"
>> in that space.
>> Repeat for DOT, though this time edit the action for NEW - the
>> application used to perform the action should be
>> "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11WINWORD.EXE" /n /dde
>> and the DDE message should be
>> [REM _DDE_Direct][FileNew("%1")]
>> In both examples if Word 2003 is installed in some other location
>> than the default shown, change the paths to reflect that other
>> location.
>> --
>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
>> Graham Mayor -  Word MVP
>> My web site www.gmayor.com
>> Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
>> <>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>

DeviousRedBaron wrote:
> Thanks so much, Graham!
>  I have followed your instructions, but have not yet tested it with my
> company's software.  I am going to test it out tomorrow.  If there
> are any gliches, I will repost.  If all goes well, would you mind if
> I pass this info on to my fellow MTs? (Medical transcriptionists.)  I
> am sure there are numerous woman, and a few men, who could benefit
> greatly from your advise.  I will await your response.
> Once again, thank you!!!!!

If it works for you, feel free to share with your colleagues. If double
clicking a doc or dot file opens Word 2003 and not 2007 it should work with
the company software - depending on how the company software calls Word.

<>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>
Graham Mayor -  Word MVP

My web site www.gmayor.com
Word MVP web site http://word.mvps.org
<>>< ><<> ><<> <>>< ><<> <>>< <>><<>

I hope this will help everyone!  I know it helped me.  I love typing in Word2007, but for now, I will have to type in Word 2003 until my company's software is compatible with it.  At least I can have both programs running at the same time!  The info on his web page about creating a toolbar is not necessary, unless it is something you need to do for Word 2007. 

Think of it as job security for you -- when you QA people pick out the ^easy^ reports and transcrib

for the MT's who should have been transcribing those reports, what do you expect?  QALady, you seem to be another QA person who puts herself on a pedestal !  I would sugget you get out of QA and transcribe if you hate your job that much !

They'll do the work by posting every other word
because medical transcription is so danged "easy" to do! We just type what we hear (who cares about the danged PATIENT?).
Go into settings and emualte your WP to work as WORD with (sm)
the different settings and options.
PRD is a dos-based program, will not work in Word.
It is a great program, wish it would, but you might have to look at something like Shorthand. Same with Stedman's. It is a Windows installation, not a copy/paste like the old dos programs (WP, etc.)
I work for a place that pays per word (sm)
and to figure it you just get the total word count (using the word count feature in Word).  You would have to find out if the 1000 words is based on "a word is a word," or if there's some "formula" such as suggested in another reply, like every 5 characters counts as a word and does that include spaces in that count, blah, blah, blah.  I don't know. If it's just straight up $5.00 per actual 1000 words, then I don't think that's good at all.  I make .0085 per word, and I've figured out that it would be an average of 8.5 to 9.5 cents per line.  Anyway, if "a word is a word" at least, $5.00 per 1000 words would probably equal around 5-6 cents per line or so.
I do insurance work as well. It came by word of mouth.
I'd work in Word and cut and paste into their system. SM
Ask them if you can type it in Microsoft Word and then cut and paste (copy the Word document and paste it into their system).

It is not feasible to work without a spell checker. Word has a pretty good spell and grammar checker and there is no reason to do without it.

See if their "tech" department can come up with a macro to copy the text of the Word document and paste it into their program. Or, you could create a Word macro and paste it into their system. Either way. There is an excellent Macro recording program called Macro ToolWorks which is free for 30 days and then $40.00 that can duplicate key strokes and mouse movements, and could copy the document, go to their program and paste it in. They you'd just hit one button, like the Ctrl button plus a number. Their tech department should only take one or two days to come up with some solution.

Good luck. I just would not work without Word spell checker and also Steadman Medical Spell Checker. Essentials to any production typing job. Good luck !
Two versions of Word on the same computer will only work
correctly if the oldest version is installed *first*.
How about when the acct. mgr. hand-picks easy reports and puts them in the que of less qualified/tal
Then the rest of us are stuck listening to Ho Chi Minh struggling through a neurosurgical op note because we're "more skilled and able to handle it," and end up making about 50 cents an hour. When you think about it, it's easy to get "punished" for not sucking at this job and the rest of us end up pulling the slack for the dead lumber that took a 2-week correspondence course and have to be spoon-fed easy reports for reasons unknown to me.