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How many lines, roughly, in 1 min of dictation?

Posted By: mommytype on 2006-08-04
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Im curious as to what the average line count per minute of dictation is? Does anyone have this information? Again, Im just looking for an average, not a set in stone amount. Also, if you type hospital transcription, roughly how many jobs do you need to type in 8 hours to meet the average line count required by most companies of 1200 lines in 8 hours? 25? 50? 75? 100? Yes, I know this will vary to, but again, just looking for an average #.

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how many lines does 90K characters equal out to roughly?
I'm thinking 1300 or so! That would be 90K divided by 65 characters = roughly 1300. Am I correct on this? 
One of my employers told me to just add a 0, i.e. 30 minutes would roughly equal 300 lines. sm

Of course, if someone talks fast, you'd get more lines, and if you get one of those guys who stops and turns pages and/or talks slow, the lines would be less.  Seems to be a pretty good rule of thumb for me.

As for the length taken, when I started doing MT work 30-some years ago (back in the days of the vinyl belts and carbon paper -- eek!), the quota was that you should be able to 15 minutes of dictation in 1 hour.  However, I think anyone with experience would probably do it in much less time. 

Hope this helps.  

Depends on the pay and account. My lowest average is $15.52 an hour (roughly 182.6 lines an hour) w
one minute of dictation = 10 lines?
Lines per minute of dictation

Worked for a university medical center years ago when we were paid by the minute, and the average number of 65-character lines per minute was 10 lines.  There were over 2000 dictating physicians, though, who made up the pool, so there were the slow dictators along with the speeders.  I agree with other poster:  Nothing less than $1.00 per minute.  I charge for 800-number service and I would charge $2.00 per minute. 

It varies but for me it works about 10 lines per minute of dictation.
10 hours, roughly
I can do 2,500 lines in 10 hours, or 250 an hour. That is with doctors I am familiar with, not looking up alot of things, no distractions, etc. It does depend alot on your situation. Even if you figure 12 hours to be safe, that is still only 2.5 hours a day that you are required to work to keep your job. I think that is great.
I do well, roughly $56,000 a year.
I make .12 cpl and work 5 days a week, plus a few hours on the weekend. I do roughly 220 to 250 lines per hour. I work doing the same 3 hospitals daily. It is possible!!
I make roughly that, a tad more, same hours. SM
I think it's wonderful money.
Aaahhhh, now I get it. Gross lines vs. Character lines. I guess I've just been conditioned to
think in terms of character lines.  One of the perils of working as an IC for somebody who defines what a line is versus owning your own company and defining it yourself.  After working for someone else for 15 years, maybe it's time to bust out on my own.
That is a lot of work/lines for 2 people. I do 3000 lines per day sm
if you times that by 30 days that only comes to 90K lines a month, that is working 7 days a week including weekends. I don't think 2 people can handle that.
900 lines is below 1100 lines, where the bonus starts.
Gross lines include all lines containing
printable characters, so a full line and a line with one word on it are charged equally. Straight lines are basically the same as gross lines, but with this method of counting the blank lines are counted as well (again, equally). I have only had one company pay this way, and they are a middle man. I would think the charge would be about the same as for gross lines, and that not too many offices will want their lines counted this way (the one I worked on was probably inherited from someone who had counted the lines that way, so just continued).
The norm is 1 minute = 10 lines; 10 min = 100 lines - sm
granted this varies per dictator. More lines if a fast talker, less if a slow talker.
I went from 2400 lines to 1800 lines

a day when I switched from clinic (through an MTSO)  to hospital work. Not only was the clinic work easier with more macros (and less providers to learn, 12 vs 300+), but I was typing in straight Word (as opposed to Softmed/Chart Script).  So you see, it really varies depending upon the type of work as well as the platform used. That said, I am so much happier typing the 1800 lines per day (I make over $15 per hour plus an incentive for any lines in excess of 1200 per day) plus a great health package/benefits, AND approximately 5 weeks of paid time off per year.  In my opinion, hospitals really are the best employers WHEN they appreciate the work we do.

My advice for you is not to judge a job by any one criterion but rather the entire picture. The 'extra's can really add up.

Good luck in your job!

Which is the one where they are sc*&ing us the standard lines or the qualified lines? SM
Mine show up as STD when I pull up my transcription log.  But I see now there is STD/QT....  So which is the one where they are ripping us off, standard or qualified?  Need to know.  I am about to switch companies and I will not do if they are actually taking lines from me.  Thanks guys. 
Question versus gross lines versus 65-character lines....

I have always charged or been paid by 65 or 60 character lines or per letter or space typed, but have never been paid or charged per gross line.

What is the advantage of this?  If I were to charge 11 cents per 65-character line including spaces, what does this figure out to for an average line rate and how do you do this calculation? 

I'm wondering if it is financially beneficial for me to bill by gross line or to keep it the way I have it.  I do know some accounts will only pay per 65-character line, as this was the deal my first own account I recently acquired.  They were adamant on a 65-character line, but didn't specify with or without spaces and I personally would never not charge for spaces.

Thanks for explaining this.  I appreciate it and hope everyone has a speedy day.

Word count: 824 lines. DocuCount count: 897 lines.
I just counted the same file in Word and then in DocuCount, and DocuCount was higher than Word.

Just as an aside.
It's THEIR dictation. They want what THEY are
dictating. If they use poor grammar, etc., that's not the MT's fault!!

Many don't trust the MT to make appropriate corrections and I can certainly understand that.

dictation by doc's
you're absolute right about the hospitals doing something about how doctors dictate and it probably wouldn't take that much effort to do it, but they're not going to do it. If the dictation is wrong, the MT will get the blame regardless.
low dictation
This is several hours of time just disappearing.
? min. of dictation per day

What is considered the average amount of minutes for 7.5 hour day.  I'm thinking 45 to 60 minutes???

PA dictation
You must be lucky! Our group had two PA's and they literally "outdid" each other to see who could dictate the fastest. I got used to them, of course, listening to them all the time but many times had to stop and look up a med to be sure of the dosage because I couldn't tell if they were dictating 5 mg. 50 mg. or whatever! They seem to have an "attitude" too; we had one female one who really thought she was hot stuff. If they were that good, why didn't they spend the extra time and $$ to go to med school???
RE; Dictation
Kept forever. Chart is microfilmed and kept. Regular transcription is kept for 10 years supposedly at hospital I worked for.
I just had a dictation where
he stopped dictating mid sentence in the chief complaint and I Iistened to silence for about seven minutes (maybe he fell asleep, I dunno) and then he says, "hello? hello?" and hangs up!  Gotta luv this job! 
60 min of dictation

How long should it take someone to do about 60 minutes of dictation on average.

Thanks you.

60 min of dictation?
My own personal average is about 1 hour for each 15 minutes of dictation.
Can't help with the dictation but...


Hope that helped. 

The problem is that MTs are rarely in the workplace any longer.  When I originally started in transcription years ago, we were in-house and accessible to the doctors. I would tell the the speeders to slow down.  We had one ER doc who loved to look through reference books for words to use.  I would tell him nicely, "If you have to look it up, spell it and save both of us the hassle."  That usually worked.  But now, most of the time, they have no idea who is transcribing their work and as long as it gets done, that's all they care about.
Ever think that maybe 15% is going to QA because of LOUSY DICTATION? nm
You never listened to the dictation to know.

No, decent dictators can form complete sentences.  They don't erase every single word interlaced with ah, um, er, then sit there so long that a 15 minute dictation only has 43 lines.  If a person can't complain about having a bad day to her fellow MTs without getting jumped on, what does that say about your personality?  The only B**** I see here is YOU.

Same here. Give me the dictation, I do it - sm
I return the reports, give me the money. End of story.

Worrying about a friendly supervisor is pointless. Just do the work and take the money.
80-100 minutes of dictation
Can anyone tell me approximately how long 80-100 minutes of dictation takes to do with variables I know of a good or bad dictator but on average.  A 60 minute microcassette tape on both sides of 120 minutes, is that something to compare this to? Thank you.
235 seconds of dictation...sm
and less than 20 lines!!!!   And he ends the dictation at 200 seconds, then proceeds to shuffle papers and say "end dictation" 50 times...come on already, END THE DICTATION!  No respect!
re:243 seconds of dictation
I actually have a picture of my cat laying on my Dorland's sound asleep...he was looking for the definition of "uhmm"
Bad quality dictation
What in heavens name do you do after starting work with a company and the dictation is so lousy qualitywise with static and the voice fading in and out.  Is this normal? Left lines in every report.  ??? Help?
Dumb dictation
Review of systems was not obtainable from the baby, obviously, due to the baby's age of one month.  Review was obtained from parents.  DUH!!!!
dumb dictation
Don't you just love these..I had one with the 11 MO understanding the assessment and agrees with the treatment!
Specialty dictation

Just wondering how many lines within 8 hours do you "speciality" transcriptionists type?  Not acute care, not SOAP notes, just the specialty accounts?

I type for 11 different specialities that just feed into my "pool" of dictation randomly and am lucky to accomplish 1000 to 1200 lines within 8 hours -- any suggestions on how I can increase this number of lines would be greatly appreciated. 

Oh, it wasn't in his dictation, it was an aside to his PA sm
I think he just had never seen that size before, nothing indecent intended.
I don't think it's the dictation itself that's the problem, it's the SM
kissing of individual arses and making 300 MTs remember which cheek you're supposed to kiss on Doc A and which on Doc B. :(
dictation funny
Mitral valve with moderate anus calcification.  What was calcified?  LOL
Doc asking for instructions on dictation
A wounderful young man at my church is in his 2nd year of general surgery residency. When he found out what I did for a living, he asked me if I would please help him with his dictation and give him some pointers so that he could do better on his dictation. No one had critiqued him and he wanted to be sure it was o.k. Now THAT'S a good guy. He's a good Christian, he'll be a good doctor, and I know he won't ever change. You cynical so and so's just keep your opinion to yourselves. This was so refreshing to be asked for help like this. It made my day.
No, I'm not dialing in for dictation...

...I'm in QA.  They want the at-home QA team to train new MTs over the phone, call MTs regarding stats or if work is missing, call the clinics to follow up on any issues, conference calls, and call the home office with daily issues that pop up.  We were told their clinic contact people and the front desk staff have too many other duties so feel QA should do this now.  I'm fine with that responcibility, just found it odd that they will not reimburse us. 

Perhaps it's not a big issue but as an employee I was curious if there were laws regarding these issues.  And this is a new protocol they are implementing so it's not like I recently accepted the job knowing this is how it would be.  The at-home QA team never had to do this before.  I do realize there are pros and cons to working at home but there seems to be a fine line where an employer can take advantage of an employee 

If I were an IC I would completely understand this.

How do you do dictation from a wav file?sm
How do you receive and send dictation on a wav file????  I know that may be a silly question, just wondering.  Thanks!
late dictation
Sounds like joint commission is coming to call!
Practice dictation
Does anyone out there know of a website where I could get some practice dictation?  Have been away from transcription for a few years and want to get my "ear" back and some speed before trying to get back into it.  Thanks for your help.
nasal dictation
Do they teach doctors to dictate in a flat, monotone robotic-like voice on purpose?  He's got the same flat tone through the whole thing !Doubled with the fact that it is rainy and gloomy here, I am about to fall asleep with this guy !
What is the going rate for ESL dictation?
Wow! If you do 240 minutes of dictation in...
8 hours, that is great!  Congratulations!
winscribe dictation

My company is currently using the Winscribe Dictation system.  Its quite pricey but overall it is good.  You can set it up to do most anything. 

Job id#, dictator, type of report, etc and you can also put a spot for chart number to find things easier.  I just wish my docs would use the PC dictate part, as its less combersome then punching numbers on the phone, but overall it is a good product.  Just be sure you get it from someone reliable.