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I type into EMR with no spell checker

Posted By: Patti on 2008-02-21
In Reply to: New in-office job has NO spell check - Jennifer

KInd of like balancijng your checkbook without a calculator but it can be done.  I keep the internet running in the background and at first did a lot of Google search as I did not trust myself especially with meds.  But now I do.  Are you typing in a word program or EMR's as if the EMR's are word based you can load on your Stedman's -- I was doing another type of EMR and could do that.  Otherwise, you can copy and paste onto a laptop that you bring in with the spell check and do it that way.  But again, I started out with a Dictaphone belts, Royal typewrite, then a selectric without correction and then correction capability.  So it can be done, it really makes you think but now when I do my other, I don't have as many mistakes.  Also don't be surprised if there are no expanders.   Good luck. 

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Can't spell either.
So why should they be any better at counting?
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Is this when you spell check? If so....sm
hit the #4 and the "sound alikes" should come up on the screen you are use to seeing.
Can't spell aleved sm

The patient states his pain is not worsened by anything nor it is aleved by anything.

I checked dictionary.  What am I looking for?  Thanks for helping!!!!!