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How long should you store reports on your computer?

Posted By: Lanette Julian on 2005-12-14
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As a subcontractor, what is the appropriate amount of time to store transcribed reports on your computer before deleting them?

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You can store their reports, but sm
to give them access at their own free will is not the way I would go.  Of course, I charge my accounts when I have to search archives.  It is a flat rate even if I find the document or not.  If I find it, then it is faxed.  I have never really heard of letting your client search your files though.  In other words, they get a copy of the original report.  If they lose it, they get charged again.  Right or wrong, I don't know, but that is my method.
Almost any computer store will have them.
I bought a laptop about 5 months ago that has XP, but is Vista compatible.  I don't think everything has Vista on it right now because there are still too many problems with it.  If you went to any of the big box electronic stores they should have one with XP. 
I found a computer at the thrift store for $40!
I just wanted to share in case anyone needed a backup/spare computer. I never thought about looking at the thrift store!
It's an OLD Gateway with P3 processor, 10GB, and 256 MB, and 450 MHZ. The thrift store had so many computers ranging from $15 to $100. They had outlets and a monitor/keybord/mouse set up to check the computers before purchasing. They also had monitors for $12 and keyboards for $2. :-)

Find computer repair store in your town

I haven't read through all the replies, so forgive me if this is a duplicate answer.  Find a computer repair store in your town.  Many times they will take off Vista and reload XP - for a cost, certainly, but it can be done.

Vista isn't bad, it's just that there is so much out there that is not compatible with it yet.  It's a pain, to be sure.

My next computer is going to be a Mac.

Best if you are doing long reports...sm
where you are not messing around a lot on the patient demographic screens. If you can just get into the body of the report and do some work, it's o.k. Also if you don't have a lot of formatting changes, i.e. bold, italic, etc. And it doesn't have a word Expander so you have to use Shorthand for sure. The nice thing about our Meditech account is the line count does count gross lines and blank lines - but I don't know if that is just the way our hospital is set up or not. Meditech is picked for its billing and accounting capabilities. By the time any one asks the transcriptionists about it, it is already a done deal.
long reports
I do independent medical exams, which are usually quite long, for insurance companies and legal firms. they are dictated by MDs for litigation cases. The shortest ones are 4-5 pages, and I have had some up to 70-80 pages, so don't just look to medical facilities but try attorneys and insurance companies also. the company usually contracts with only one or two providers to do their exams so you are doing the same dictator(s) constantly so you get to really know their terminology and style. Mine use standards PEs, standing conclusions, etc., so I get to use a lot of macros. Because they are long you usually have a longer timeframe to complete them, too. it's a good way to go.
My hubs got one at the music store that he uses while playing guitar. Or maybe a furniture store. Or
Long reports that drone on and on....
it's terrible...I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the line counts, but it's only 9:40 in the morning and I already want to take a nap LOL.
I know this has been discussed before but how long does it take to relisten to reports that you have
typed. I know some people do that and some dont. So far I have done okay on QA but if I dont I was just wondering how much extra time per day you figure you need to relisten to reports. I usually do about 30 to 35 medium length reports acute care or 1800 to 2000 lines. What errors do you find mostly when you relisten or is it not worth the extra time it takes. Just curious.
Those are long reports! I like 'em at 2-3 mins. so they
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.
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Long reports, dead air time

Does anyone have any good tricks for dealing with the long reports with huge segments of "nothing"?  On top of that, the people I am dealing with are ESLs so that's slowing me down enough already.

At this point, all I do is speed up and fast forward but am wondering if there are other ways to compensate for this issue.

Seems like someone would teach them how to pause when they stop dictating! 

IC Question: How long do you keep your reports for your docs?

ICs, I was curious to see how long do you keep your reports on your computer for the doctors?  Is there a usual time limit? 

Thank you!


I love those long reports. I think of them as free money.

It's just straight transcribing with no stopping to verify patient or physician information to start a new note.  I'll trade you for 1 minute long dictations by a little Russian guy?

I do understand the frustration at the duplication of information.  Then again, the copy/paste feature works great at giving more lines for free with no typing.  LOL  I always thought that if I could find a way to simplify the medical record while still utilizing MTs, I'd be rich. 

I work whatever hours I want, as long as I have the reports back in TAT...
I have assigned doctors...
How long to get computer
from your first contact with them.  Trying to get an idea of how long the hiring process took?
It is your computer and as long as you
have things in there under a password, you do meet the security requirements. My kids use mine and we each have our own "accounts" so they go into theirs to access the computer.
your computer will work as long sm
as your generator is running. High speed cable would work if you have that outlet hooked up to the generator. Usually a generator is not hooked up to the whole house unless you have a "whole house" automatic generator. If the power is on and the cable is not out, you can work.
Lucky. I love long reports. I thought I got a good one, but it was a 1.5 minute
report with 12 minutes of dead air. Sit here and do nothing. For free.
LOVE teaching hospitals and long-winded reports. Less ADT time which I'm not paid for.
Hate filling in ADT screens w/ searches just to do a one minute report.
The MR reports were being filed. Referring physicians/medical care providers reports were not.
This is a hospital radiology department with in-house MTs and a clerk who is in charge of the report distribution.
The two sentence normal reports will balance out the 3 page reports.
I am Wendy too
Is it their computer? Why are they installing a firewall and autocorrect on your computer? That sm
is usually the responsibility of the transcriptionist, especially if an IC or SE.  Which company?
Please consider another store, please
Please read about Walmart and how it destroys small town businesses, among other ethical considerations. PLEASE consider shopping elsewhere.
I don't have a store...

I do auctions.  I try to be very careful about what I list.  I love books and have in the thousands of them, mostly educational material.  I have been selling those on half.com for a long time, so my time listed as a member is about 6 years.  It has only been in the last couple of months that I really started trying to power sell--everything you can think of--collectibles, books, clothes, my felt sets, shoes, etc.  You just have to watch the market and know that what you list will sell (hopefully) so that you don't lose money in fees.  I am still learning, but so far I have been very lucky and have made some good sales.


The UPS Store only allows the automatic $100 if you pay
them to package your stuff. I learned that one trying to ship equipment back to my former employer. I wasn't about the shell out even more money for them to box up something that I put back in the company's original box.
as you are leaving the store...nm
I go to Kroger's too, our store here does not do it - sm
though, at least I have never seen it there. Granted most of the time I do the self checkout but when I do go through a regular line I have not encountered it. I really like our Krogers too, I only wish their prices were a bit lower....my husband can easily drop $100-$200 when he goes shopping there.
I tell my hubby I have to run to the store,
and he said he would like to see that.....
I've never seen one in a store, certainly not
the chain stores. 
Look for a product in the store that...sm

the scout ants will carry back to their nest(?) and eradicate the entire colony.  What I used was a product that was a small, enclosed tin thing with a hole in top.  It held a poisonous gel.  I think there were 3 in a box.  Sorry, can't remember the name.  Anyway, I never saw ants in the house since using these. 

And, the meat in the grocery store comes
I believe that if you buy "beef" it comes from cows, an animal. I believe if you buy "chicken" it comes from chickens, an animal.
I was a cashier in a grocery store and
he came in to buy groceries for his mother. We were both 17 and married 1-1/2 years later, been married for almost 27-1/2 years now.
have you tried the library (if you still have one) or the grocery store...
like, lingering, you know? I have been approached many times by men like that...

how about friends, does anyone have a set-up for you, even just for some companionship?

how about volunteering for things, like a food pantry or wildlife center.

of coures, goes without saying to be cautious always when out in public these days...

also, laundromats I always see single guys...

anyone else?
Went there for paint. Brand new store. SM
I asked for specific color and the kid behind the counter starting mixing it. It seemed to be taking a long time, Home Depot takes second, all because he had an old fashioned paint machine where you had to manually put in the colors, not computerized like Home Depot. So why didn't I go to Home Depot? Good question.
Thanks fine for a warehouse store where they don't bag.
I would buy before you go, on-line, Disney Store - sm
The ticket lines were long at Disney, as for buying at a resort, I don't know, we have always bought in advance, granted not on this trip (comped by Make a Wish) Call a resort and ask. As for International Drive, if it is the road I think it is (Hwy 192) (we just got back ourselves) be prepared for tons of traffic on that road, ripped up for construction, and traffic lights every 1/4 mile it seemed too. Going to Disney was not a problem, it was driving back that took a bit extra time. Universal was pretty wild though, first time there for us. You will have a blast!
Put notices up at the grocery store,etc.

advertising homemade pies, cakes, breads etc.  A lot of the famous and rich people in this type of industry started off this way.  I think it isn't that big, at least not in the smaller cities, but we have people that come into your home, plan a menu with you and then cook so many meals a week.  There is also a business that just started near me where you go to their store, they have all the makings for 6 different meals and you just put them all together.   One place has cooking lessons for kids and also opens to kids cookie parties and he is doing very well.   Work with a caterer prn.   I live in a city of about 230,000 and we have events that are seasonal where caterers are hiring dozens of people, with June coming up they will be hiring to help with weddings.

I know lots of people with psychology degrees and none of them are working in their field because there just aren't any jobs. 

You don't mention a husband or kids, but if you are young and no responsibilities now is the time to go out on the limb. 

None of the above would require a huge time commitment or financial commitment and you could test the waters while still having a FT income.  If it took off you could scale back your hours, or try and do both for a while and get your debts paid off and then be in a position to jump in with both feet.

Our local community college has a culinary program.  I think it is still largely male dominated, but still lots of females too.   I don't know if this is a 1 year or 2 year program, though I think it does require a lot of hours.  You could do it during the day and work nights/weekends.  It wouldn't be easy, but nights/weekends usually pay more.

If you want it bad enough you'll find a way.  

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In our regular grocery store.
My local store always takes them out. s/m
I've never thought to tip them, and I've never seen anyone else tip either.

By the way, I thought all grocery stores carried out the bags for you.
RadioShack has several sizes of these right in the store. nm
Go to a store like Best Buy and Circuit City.

They have several models and you can compare features and play around with them, and also ask questions.   One is about as good as the other.   Each brand has had lemons.  Most all have pretty much the same bells and whistles.  It just depends on what you want.

If you are going to use for leisure like downloading music, uploading pictures, are you going to use for work, etc. 

I need to store an ink jet printer and keep in case my others die-how do I
go about storing the cartriges so they don't dry out?  Can regular adhesive tape be put on the part where the ink shoots out (as they are when new?).  Thanks for any ideas.
Foot pedal - does any know of store
My pedal went out on my today, and I was wondering if anyone know of a store (like Office Max or Wal-Mart) that sells these instead of ordering one online and waiting for days for it to come....
Go to the store, get valerian. It is a natural way
to soothe. You may also try St. John's wort. Valerian is fast acting, St. John's takes 2 weeks to kick in. Only problem with valerian, is since it is made with flowers, it has a strong odor. But it will help.
Try to dissociate yourself from your notes. Pay attention to the words and the grammar and edit as you go along instead of paying attention to the stories. As with anything, cognitive therapy helps, but if you go to the library, there are plenty of books on this subject. If you get really anxious, you can take a benadryl now and then, however, this may be sedating, and you can do that if you are finished work for your full shift or until you come back later, so you can rest.
I suggest doing all of these things before addressing such a personal issue with your employer. As a professional, you can solve these things through training your mind, and through healthy remedies. If nothing else, you can always visit a walk-in clinic which is about 70.00 and they can prescribe something but the healthy remedies are just as good and not addictive, IMO. All the best to you! PS: Keep your chin up and thinking positive. You are not the people in the notes. You are you.
Question about transfering computer into to another computer.. sm

I have a dumb question - Just bought a new computer and someone told me to get a flash drive to transfer all my info.  But I'm assuming that ExText that I work off of and Escription will have to be downloaded again by the tech people onto my new computer.  I can tranfer these can I?


How does one find out the computer specs on my computer?

I should know this, but I just don't remember how to do this.  I am hoping I have enough RAM, or whatever, to load work platform on my own computer and begin working on it, rather than paying *rent* on the company-furnished computer.  Thanks so much.

A computer is a computer, whether it be laptop or desktop.
I have both and use both and I bought both of mine...most companies do not provide computers...
I hate Instant Text. It is expensive, long long learning
curve, and too much distraction for me.