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I am not slow and ive done everything

Posted By: notslow on 2007-02-25
In Reply to: Addendum: As well as your fund of medical terminology knowledge. - 2 go hand in hand

from MT to Quality Assurance to supervisor. I have seen many a platform in my time. There are some really crappy ones out there that steal from the MTs, in particular Dictaphones managed Ichart service. Heres what they say --- As part of our ichart service, Dictaphone can help you assess the "true" cost of your current transcription infrastructure - Inadequate Billing Detail.
No true MT line counting standards for billing.
Challenging Audit Trail and Process.
"Special Characters" Can Inflate Line Counts By 15%.
"Invisible Characters" Can Inflate Line Counts Up To 20-40%!
Poorly Designed Templates can lead to Excessive Line Counts.
Multi-page Reports can Drive Excessive Characters and/or hidden words. If thats not trying to control line counts I don't know what is.

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Slow day for me. Typed two reports in two hours. Anyone else having unusually slow day?
To slow down....
#4 with decrease speed.  When you are ready to go back to "normal" speed just press #5  or to reset speed do a **  Good luck with that report!!!
too slow

I wish I was fast enough to be able to meet my line count and relax a little. Maybe in another year or so.

Slow for me too!
Both compaines I work for have no work--- no work = no money!
Slow day?
Wish it was - I'm swamped with residents! ARGH
Slow day - I wish!
I keep getting work from other offices dumped on me, but how am I supposed to do my regular work and work for another office when the computer guy can't even keep our computers working??? Today the problem was with the cable - HELLO - OUR SYSTEM WON'T LET US WORK OFF-LINE!
very, very slow? ... nm
Never had a slow day, but sure could use one.
Yes, it seems to slow me down (sm)
Except, of course, when I'm having a bad day with really diffult dictators. For the most part though, I can be rushing like a crazy person and then sit down to transcribe and it just eases me into a different frame of mind. My mind goes all sorts of places thinking of everything else I need to do, etc. Not in a stressful way though. It is more like when I am transcribing my brain is in a different "realm" and able to work out other stuff and come up with sometimes the onliest things. Seem to do much of my brainstorming while transcribing, whether I intend to or not. Seems easier to plan dinner, etc. Weird.
Is it slow or is it just me?
I have not had a full day of transcribing in weeks!  I'm getting a bit worried.  I know it's probably slow because of vacations, etc. but enough already!  Anyone else out of work? 
Slow with this doc

I have had this doc for a while now, but I am so slow with him. I noticed that I have to stop the dictation at least once every sentence, sometimes more, and it just took me ten minutes to do a 2:50 dictation.

He talkes very fast and quiet but other than that he is great. Although he talks fast, he is pretty clear and I rarely have to look things up with him, other than to CC at the end of the dictation which is almost every report.

I do not have this problem with any of my other docs, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions? I have his favorite sayings in my expander, but just cannot seem to get faster at his reports. Thanks! 

PT I do 500-800 a day; I am slow though - sm
avg. 140-165 lines an hour; sometimes less, depends on the degree of difficulty and if ESL, but make a min. of $12 an hour up to $16 so I am happy enough.
How slow is slow.
What's your connection speed now?
seriously, is that what causes everything to go slow?
I have often figured that I was getting the rejects of others - my account has mostly pretty good dictators but some weeks I never get the good ones, repeatedly get horrible dictators, long reports with huge spaces - yesterday it was moving so slow I thought it was going to crash.
It's #4 for me to slow it down (nm)
Slow IT
Try going into the tools area. There is a button somewhere that is called some sort of optimizer. See if that works. Also, uncheck the continuations box. Good luck.
too slow
from what it shows on the website you posted, it would be too slow --- the processor is less than 3.0 and the hard drive is only 5400, you need a 7200 rpm --

And there is no mention of a serial port -- which you will quite often need for you foot pedal.

My opinion -- Too much money for too little return -- keep looking

Nothing slow here, they just want sm
you to think that, and I have no idea why. We are swamped, in over time for the last three weeks.
Is anyone else finding it to be really slow lately?  I have had very little work since shortly after Thanksgiving. 
Slow going sm

Rhode Island, the smallest state, was bumper to bumper, took 4+ hours for a normal 30 minute commute Some ran out of gas and had to abandon their vehicles. Tempers flared and school kids didn't get home on buses for hours, no snacks, bathroom breaks, etc., it was very poorly prepared for, although there was plenty of warning. If I had young children in the house (as I did when younger) I would always make sure they had some kind of energy bar with them if they left for school on a day a storm was forecast (or not send them at all). Girl Scout motto: Be prepared! A clue for me is always the birds. Sounds silly, but if you see the birds flocking, noisier than usual, etc., they are getting ready for a big storm. In the blizzard of '78, I was more prepared than anyone else and I have the birds to thank for that. I saw their frenzy, prepared for a big one and had all my work done in a timely fashion and enough food for a week (which it took to get back to normal.) (Showing my age.) Birds are great predictors of a storm if you watch and listen.

Do you consider 250-270 lph slow?
I don't. I get faster every year. I can also edit fast enough to make it worth my time. I'm on a much better VR system than you though. That makes a hugh difference.
re: slow
They had told me that I would have a back up account but they are having issues with sending me the information that I need to get on that account. I just dont understand what the hold up with this company is.
I got a job through them but they are very slow
still slow...
Had 2 reports all day and it's almost 1 p.m. Today has been a total waste.
Slow pay?
I recently worked as an IC for a few weeks for a company, but it did not work out because I could not make any money with their platform, ADT, etc. Sent in an invoice 2 weeks ago, and when I emailed the owner to ask when paycheck would be sent, she replied that she has not billed client yet and when she got paid, I would get paid.

Anybody ever hear of this type of arrangement before? It is not a lot of money so it makes even less sense that I have to wait for her to get paid. I did not know this beforehand. I was just told to invoice twice a month. Stupidly I assumed I would get paid twice a month! I am just glad I quit when I did before I was owed too much money.
Slow down
No point in making yourself obese over the whole thing. Now Marie Osmond went on Nutrisystem and she looks fabulous now. Love her anyway. She is a doll! As MTs we need to take care of ourselves. Slowing down and getting a grip is really important. Don't worry about what have no control over. Many companies are finding that off-shoring is not cost effective as they have to pay to get the job done twice, once over there and then back here to correct all the mistakes. The only thing certain in life is change so it will happen and they will see the light.
How do you slow down?
Sounds strange, but I have tried and can't seem to get the hang of slowing down and listening ahead. Do you have any methods for actually putting this into practice? Thanks. I really need to increase my speed.
New Job = Slow
Not sure where to post this or if anyone can/will answer, but...I just started a new part-time job and I am finding my line counts so extremely low I don't know if it is worth continuing or if I should just stay with my full time job and try and get extra hours.  Has anyone had similar experience when starting a "new" job?  I am so frustrated, but don't want to just quit, but I also can't keep working 12 hours when 3-4 of them are below minimum wage.  Any advice/similar experiences/anything? 
slow down
You sound like you are in a panic. This is difficult work. Attention is required. Are you distracted by kids or any of the other million things that can distract you working from home? Get rid of the distractions, pay closer attention, proofread every report - more than once to start. The MT companies do not want to pay to have your work edited so you can't rely on that. Companies are getting rid of editors. If you were doing this before, you can do it again. My guess is you have not structured your environment to get some real, accurate work done. Good luck.
Being slow with VR will not help you
The pay is less and you have to edit more lines in order to make a reasonable salary so the answer would be no, not helpful if you are slow at all. Say you need to make about $130.00 per day, that means if you make 4 cents a line at VR you have to edit 3250 lines per day.
RE: Slow down
Mine is **
Celeron = SLOW.
I think 5 days is a bit slow......
They should have at least dropped some food in before now. Of course, this is massive...what a horrible thing for these people.
A lot obviously, though us slow pokes only do about 60-70 wpm- nm
YES.....exceedingly slow!!!
No. It is only good for someone slow.
It's slow everywhere right now. But, we have to man the station.
It has been so slow the last few weeks (sm)

And the hospitals have been busy lately, that's the funny thing! 

Does anybody know of a service that will let you work part-time a very minimal amount of hours, like 10 hours a week?  I haven't seen a service like that in a long time.  TIA

slow work
I work for a smaller company too, looks like I MIGHT have 4 hours of work today, better than nothing, so praise the Lord!
Yes work seems to be slow all over.
why use a mouse at all? It does nothing but slow you down.

Slow down while transcribing (sm)
and proof then? If you're making so many errors that proofing is time-consuming, then you need to change your work method. Are you using an Expander so you don't have to think about spelling/capitalizing drug names, for example? Are you saving copies of each report and creating normals from them so you don't have to retype the doctor's standard phrases? After 4 years, you must be doing something very wrong to be stuck at 900 lines/day.
the command to slow down
One at the moment, but looking for second as getting slow--nm
slow work
Unfortunately it is the nature of the business. From the point-of-view of the MTSO, they need to hire to provide adequate coverage for peak input times and then when there is a lull, there is not enough work to go around. After living through more cycles of this than I care to admit to, I finally learned to save every penny I earned from incentives, bonuses, OT, whatever, to get me through the lean times. In the past when I earned a fat check for OT I would RUN to the mall and treat myself. No more, and it has worked for me.  Hang in there!
Not slow for me. I occasionally welcome
a slow day, just haven't had one in a very long time - though I'm not complaining.    I know there are lots of companies with little work.   I find it hard to believe there isn't work, it is just being outsourced or the pets are getting it. 
Slow and Steady
I too do not name myself a typist. i have learned many moons ago it is not speed that gets you the clients - it is accuracy. I may do between 15-400 lines per hour depending on the client and format, etc. But because my accuracy is way up there I have not lack for work ever, and my clients know that a kind referral is always a pleasure. I have private clients and work for MTSO - and enjoying watching my lines go up and down on my time, at my pace.

I gauge my counts from day to day and know if I need to put in a bit more to make my bills. I do not worry about how others may or may not be making $45.00 an hour. I only believe what I make and know what I can earn. Line counts will pick up when you concern yourself more with accuracy and stop thinking about the numbers all the time.
I do this myself, it's tedious and slow... sm
...especially with ESL dictators. It went ok until my workload was changed from the same dictators over and over to now transcribing over 250 doctors. I routinely put in 10+ hour days for about 1500 lines.

This is not a method worth considering... only reason I do it is because I cannot afford to quit my job. Frankly, it sucks.
Slow Computer

I too have an older computer.  I run a lot of scans after I am done working.  While you surf around looking for information, you pick up spyware.  That will slow your computer down.  There are a lot of good programs out there that you can download from the intranet.  Some of them are free.  I run 2 different Spyware programs as one might miss what the other will catch.  AVG is free and works good.  I also use Trend Micro PC-cillin. 


Hope this helps. 

Slow Computer
I use AVG as well as Clean Up! a (free)little program that declutters your computer - Google it. Good luck!