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My advice if you do buy your own is to get a laptop so you can be mobile. nm

Posted By: vtmt on 2007-09-14
In Reply to: Question: How many of you use your own PC for work? - MTinSA5

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I am mobile with a laptop and use a....sm
Microsoft Elite keyboard. Many years ago I started transcribing with my keyboard in my lap. This has served me very well and is the only way I work now, even at home at my desk. Ergononically, it is great with no stress on arms, neck etc. Just be sure you have the computer at the right height. Sometimes I have to put a few books under my laptop depending on the height of the chair I am sitting in. I love being mobile!
using desktop computer mobile as a laptop

Anyone have an idea about using a desktop computer as a laptop?  I am wanting to take a roadtrip and I had a laptop that has a cracked monitor screen that I used a Belkin wireless internet PCI card in the side of it with WiFi internet connection.  Is there a way to use my physical harddrive and establish the same wireless internet connection with WiFi?  I do not have the same port that the laptop has on my harddrive that the Belkin wireless card fit into, but is there another card that plugs into the desktop harddrive that will have the same effect?  Thank you all.


 


I use Verizon mobile and the rule of thumb with mobile broadband is...
Basically, it will work whereever your cell phone will work.  If your too remote, it may not work, but I do know a lot of campgrounds like KOA offer Wifi, which means you should be able to pick up that signal too. You can always call ahead to the campground etc. I use mine going down the road for the most part but every great while going through the mountains I lose reception.  
Laptop advice....
Who works using one, do you like it, what kind do you have, etc. Any tips you I should know about before I buy one?  I am thinking about getting one, my hubby is taking a couple of business trips this year and I really want to be in Phoenix in November! TIA!
Advice on Best Laptop?

I saw the laptop post below, and it inspired me to get one.  I have never owned a laptop computer, just a desktop.  I need a good one at a fair price.  I don't want it to be really heavy.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I already have my Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard (which I love).  I need to know a great place to buy one, too. 


 


Help/advice please re: MQ, laptop, footpedal, etc.

I have a painful sprain on my ankle and need to sit in my recliner with my feet up while I transcribe for the next few days. 


I have MQ's computer that I rent but I have downloaded DQS onto my laptop so I can sit in the recliner (MQ system in my bedroom). 


Any advice about how to use the footpedal in this awkward position? 


Appreciate any response.


HELP -- advice/info please. My son sat on my new laptop.
Is it fixable?  The screen is all messed up.  And no, I didn't buy the warranty, but I think I still can.  I bought it at Sam's and they told me a long time ago that you could buy the warranty up to 30 days after your purchase.  That child. 
To all of you Escriptionist out there...Laptop question. Have any of you found a laptop that you can
thing. I tried one of those adapter that goes from the 9-pin to the USB but when I plugged in the USB my foot pedal did not work right. I know supposedly there is a help section on the escription website that says the adapter may work and how to make them compatible etc but it never worked for me. Has any of you find a solution or a laptop that this foot pedal with work with. I'd like to work while traveling and get a laptop but it never worked on my old one. Ideas??
I just want to be mobile

I just want to be able to move around the house with a laptop, which I am still looking for a good deal on.  I am looking for a 17 inch screen.  What is your laptop?  Give me the specs please.


Thanks


KC


Mobile...
I have used ATT and with the $60 package you have unlimited use...It worked good for me.
Mobile Infirmary sm
Beth, where would you be moving from?  I did hear today that Mobile Infirmary bought Knollwood which is also a hospital in the Mobile area.  I don't know anything about working there, though.  I just accepted a position at Providence Hospital in Mobile and started today.
Mobile transcription
I am really just fishing here. I don't start this itinerate life until February, so I am hoping to here from more people who are out there on the road earning a living.
Mobile Transcription

Interesting question!  I own a small MTSO that is essentially a family business.  My Dad is retired, but does sales and bookkeeping for me.  My Mom is retiring August 1st, and she is planning on getting back into transcription, working for me.  They own a big RV and are planning on being "snowbirds" - living in Arizona for at least 3 months of the year.  The place they are going to is a big RV community which has WiFi internet, so they can both work remotely. I am also an avid camper, so we've been looking into remote internet options.


We explored the different satellite options, but it was very expensive initially for the equipment and the setup at each stop seemed kind of complicated.  The other problem was the upload/download speed - I can see why many services won't hire someone with satellite service.  We ended up going with Verizon Broadband access - anywhere I can get a cell phone signal I can get internet.  The speed isn't the greatest, but it works for us.


What I've found is if you work for a company that requires you to be logged on to the internet the whole time you are working, this option won't really work because of the connection speed.  However, we use a product called DocShuttle by Bytescribe that allows my staff to download the audio and disconnect, type the reports, and then connect and upload the documents.  It works great for that - I even have an employee who lives in the country where there is only dial-up available, and she works just fine like this.


It can be done - I've worked while camping several times this way.....


Mobile transcription
I have just heard from one person so far, and she just did this for about 6 months. I will keep in touch.


Mobile transcription
I'm a fairly new MT, and my husband and I are going to start living in our RV and traveling around the country moving about every 3 months. Is there anyone out there doing something similar? I'd love to hear from you.
Mobile homes are many here in NC, and
they are not a good deal, IMO. Every tornado heads straight for them like they are magnetized, and they seem to burn down a lot. Now I had a townhouse that I lived in for 11 years, and I made quite a nice profit due to the fact they were attractive, had a bit of land and nice landscaping, and were in a good location. I think I paid $85,000, and sold it for $119,000 11 years later. Not bad for a townhouse.
Mobile internet
I need to go mobile with my laptop so I can work away from home.  Anybody else out there who does this?  Any suggestions.  Good carriers?  Any advice greatly appreciated.  Thanks. 
Okay, I decided to try mobile

wireless internet through Verizon.  I currently have a Verizon cell and have no problem with reception in my home, so I'm hoping this is a go.  I also have a 30-day trial period, so I'll know for sure if I have any glitches. 


What I don't understand is this lingo about voice files, etc.  I'm on the Bayscribe platform, so any info would be greatly appreciated.  Please "dumb it down" for me, as I am not a PC person.  The lady that signed me up told me that the limit is 5 GB and that that generally means about 35,000 web pages a month.  How does this correlate to voice files?  Do I even use voice files on Bayscribe?  I'm assuming so since I have an audio player. 


At least I know if this doesn't work out, I can cancel and not lose anything.  Then I'll have to sign up for satellite, which is about $300 upfront and $60 to $90 per month for service.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Verizon will work for me.


Thanks for any info.


...and regarding the mobile devices (more information)
http://www.intel.com/business/casestudies/mckesson_integrated_digital_hospital.pdf

Ladies:  Looks like we should be investing in some of these companies...Intel/McKesson on cutting edge, and VOIP companies (we currently use a VOIP phone)...

If we can not make money in transcription, maybe we should invest in its future?

Quote:  "Medical Transcription will change more in the next few years than it has in the last 100."

It is an odd thing, but I actually like typing and will not like it when it is gone. 
Mobile Infirmary Medical Ctr
Have applied for a full-time MT job at Mobile (AL) Infirmary Medical Center.  Has anyone experience working for them?  I would appreciate any information, as this would involve a move for me.  Thanks in advance--
Mobile Infirmary Hospital
I don't know much about Medical Records except that they have a BIG turnover. Always hiring. Say a little a prayer before you except, it may be that it works out great for you.
Mobile home buying

Shop around for repossessed homes. I have a double-wide Palm Harbor that we picked up for about 60% of book. Yes, they do depreciate like cars, and some brands hold value better than others. Palm Harbor and Patriot seem to have the slowest depreciation rate, and do have pretty good records for storm survival (always remember, they have earned the term Tornado Bait honestly!)  Our home was barely lived in, with very little evidence of wear, and a great price.  Try to look for a repo-only lot - they are usually run directly by the mortgage company and if you have good credit, a good deal can be made, especially if they have had the home back for a while. They can also show you homes alreay set up in parks, or on lots of 1/2 to 1 acre or even more, and if you like the location, won't even have to wait for moving and set-up. Make sure they are able to demonstrate that the heat and air work properly, even if they are lot-set in a temporary sales lot. Don't know about AZ, but in Texas they do have to have certain warranties for roofs, appliances, etc. for at least 90 days.  New home dealerships often have some repos, but they are usually dogs to make you want the new ones.  Shop around, take as much time as possible (we stayed in contact with the repo dealer we brought from for about a year, and he called when he got in what he knew we were looking for) and you can find a deal, especially if you have great credit. We are way more happy with the mobile home we bought when we remember how little we gave for it. Stay away from Fleetwood, Shulte and SOUTHERN ENERGY (run-don't walk-away), unless they just give you one, then be prepared for problems anyway.  I am running on, aren't I? I just wish someone had steered me this direction in the first place.   21st Century Mortgage Company is a good lender for mobile homes. There are not many companies out there who still do trailers, but you can find them if you look. Hope this helps. Contact me if you want more info. 


Lots of people are mobile.

Be sure that you're using a secured wireless network/hot spot. Your laptop should have the wireless card already installed, unless you're using an old model. Try Google search for VPN to learn more.


Most importantly--make sure it is allowed by your company!!


Sprint Mobile Broadband sm
I have been using this service for the last 3 months or so and would never go back to dial-up. However, be aware that there is a 5GB limit per month with any of the $60/month data plans offered by Sprint (starting next month), AT&T, and Verizon. I have been checking my usage, and even with downloading a ton of songs for my son's MP3 player, work, and occasional youtube type stuff, I am averaging about 3.5GB for the month. Also, check what service has the best coverage for your area. I went with Sprint because of the unlimited package they had at the time, but since that is going away, there is no difference to me in carriers except their coverage area. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me, and I can give you the website where I purchased my equipment. They have incredible customer service and even helped me get my modem switched out when it broke (my fault but I had the total protection plan on it, only $7 per month and well worth it).
Anybody use verizon mobile broadband?
Can you tell me anything about it? My dad is thinking about getting it and I wondered if I could use it at the campground they go to, but wasn't sure how it worked. Is there a limit to how much you can be online? Any info is greatly appreciated! TIA!
is this with a mobile home company by chance? nm
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I agree. I used to finance mobile homes.
However, they had to be on a permanent foundation with the wheels removed, and the interest rate was scary.
Dragon Naturally Speaking v 8 Mobile
Is anyone using Dragon Naturally Speaking v 8 Mobile to download digital dictation from a recorder and convert into a transcribed document?  I saw where it claims to be able to take digital dictation from a recorder and automatically convert it to a typed document.
Mobile Infimary Medical Center
It depends on what department you are going into. Are you Medical Records MT? or Radiolgy MT?
Mobile PC card - no router required.

here is the section on Cingular's web site.  Sprint also has one.


http://business.cingular.com/businesscenter/solutions/wireless-laptop/modem-cards.jsp


If it's in your service area, DO NOT GET CRICKET MOBILE (SM)
My BF got it, and it's just horrid. It worked okay the first few days, then began dropping the signal, sometimes up to every 5-6 minutes, and you either have to call to get your signal "refreshed" or go thru the trouble of uninstalling and reinstalling the program.

It's only about $40 per month, but this is apparently one of those "You get what you pay for" situations.

I'm trying to warn everyone I can. We MTs work too hard to have to deal with this kind of aggravation.

Mobile broadband 5GB limit with ALL carriers
I signed up with Sprint last year when it was unlimited, and starting in July 2008, they put a cap of 5GB, which is what all the other carriers had done also. That said, if you are using the connection mainly for work, the cap should not be a problem. I downloaded a program that keeps track of my usage as well as use the Sprint site to check it occasionally. You can't be downloading tons of MP3s or watching a lot of youtube or other video things during each month, but it doesn't have to be completely avoided either.
Advice to YOU..1st learn to spell before insulting poster and trying to give advice...sm

Cingular and T-Mobile advertise prepaid plans.
nm
Questions - Working with Mobile Broadband Access

Hi ..


I need to set up to work away from home and am considering mobile broadband wireless. 


I would appreciate any information ya'll could give me - I know nothing about it, other than most service is 60.00/month ... specifically, what carriers and how much time does it get you? 


Thanks so much!  I have verified the major carriers provide coverage in the area I will need to be in. 


Merry Christmas!


point-of-care mobile devices - that is a bigger threat...

another excerpt: 

It is no longer a question of whether medical transcription will survive. The move away from traditional, free-text medical transcription is inevitable, given the improvements in speech recognition technology and natural language processing; the development of standardized templates through HL7ís CDA (clinical document architecture), ASTM schema, and other similar efforts; XML-based communication; and point-of-care mobile devices that will ultimately facilitate real-time documentation. And it is very clear that real-time, point-of-care documentation by the practitioner will replace transcription! This can already be seen in countries outside the United States that are developing direct entry, interactive, structured text documentation without going through all the evolutionary steps from traditional, free text transcription.


In a perfect world, the mobile devices will work perfectly..
It will only take a few big money malpractive suits and lawsuits against hospitals for this standardized text and free text to be proven to be inadequate documentation. Do you honestly believe Joint Commission and insurance companies will relax their standards for health care documentation? I could be very wrong, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet.
actually, they are boasting better quality care with point-of-service mobile devices...
as they (service providers) will have immediate access to all information on a patient throught a "MedChip" rather than have to wait for, you know, "people" (heaven forbid) to get old records, records which have too much information, etc. The system will eventually be world-wide as well, which that will take years and years, I am sure.

This is also to be used not only by doctors, but nurses, physical therapists, anyone who performs a service on a patient. They will have hand-held devices that do everything, document, code, bill.

I realize that will take years, but you can already see the 'growing pains.' Look at all the complaints about MQ. They are losing work because of the speech recognition. All the good, easy, clear dictation is being switched over. This alone seems to be 'weeding' out quite a few MTs.

There are supposedly over 400,000 MTs in the US.

I understand there is no going back, and technology is moving forward and eliminating jobs just as automation did; but excuse me for having some passion. I love this job.
Sound advice from a fellow MT if you want advice or support (sm)

I have been an MT for over 10 years.  I also am getting burnt out, tired of my job, day in day.  However, I do love transcription and make excellent money at it, have grossed over $50,000 per year the last 5 years.  I decided to go back to nursing school and am very happy with my choice.  However, over these 10 years of transcription I have had my ups and downs.  My biggest issue with being at home working is lack of socialization, being home day in and day out with just the kids and the animals really gets to a person, sure hubby is home at night and thinks working from home is the easy life, thus the return to school and boy has my overall enjoyment of life changed once I realized I was the problem, not everyone else and I needed to find myself again.


Anyway, my biggest advice to you three-fold:


1.  Get into counseling for yourself, find out who you are and what your needs are, whether or not you think you need to, I sense you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone other than your family to talk to that can be nonjudgmental to your feelings and needs.


2.  If you're only making $100 after you pay preschool you can either keep doing it and be miserable, or quit because you are lucky enough to have a husband who can support the family without your income. (See how fast his mind changes just by losing the income you do have as to whether your job means anything.)  Or look for a different company or office that you like more and are more productive if you really want to do transcription (lots of fish in the sea as far as companies).


3.  Find a local "mom's" group where you can get out and socialize.  MOPS (mother's of preschoolers) is an excellent one that is nationwide, they have a website.  Also Mom2Mom is in a lot of areas.  They provide a once a week time for moms with kids the same age to get together, socialize, (some offer spirtual guidance some don't) and each week a different mom takes a turn watching everyone else's children at the facility that hosts it so the other moms can talk about things they have in common.  Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom needs to socialize with adults, without their kids, or they will have a nervous breakdown eventually no matter how much they love their kids.


Sorry so long but it does get better but you have to take the first step at making yourself happy.


laptop

I WOULD USE A LAPTOP. THIS CONDITION HAS TAKEN MY WHOLE LIFE FROM ME. MY JOB , MY INDEPENDENCE, BUT I REFUSE TO LET IT GET ME DOWN ALL THE WAY. AT HOME YOU ARE ABLE TO CHANGE POSITIONS OFTEN, GET UP AND WALK AROUND, SIT IN A DIFFERENT PLACE, LAY DOWN IF NEED BE. MY DAUGHTERS ARE NOT USED TO DOING WITHOUT AND I DO NOT INTEND FOR THEM TO START NOW.  ANY POSITIVE HELP IS MUCH NEEDED, BUT I GUESS YOU CAN KEEP THE BAD TO YOURSELF. MAYBE I JUST DONT WANT TO FEEL LIKE THERES NOTHING I CAN DO. MAYBE I DONT WANT TO GIVE UP AND FILE FOR DISABILTY JUST YET. ANY HELPFUL ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU SO MUCH.


ANGELA LEE LPN


 


I use a laptop too
We bought it a year before I started working - not knowing what the required ports would be for foot pedals, etc. I have a Compaq Presario. I also have Bellsouth high speed internet connection. It works for me fine even when I go out of town.
laptop is the only way to go s/m
I would never have a big computer again!  I have worked on DocQScribe and other internet platforms and never had any problems. Also have BellSouth DSL. My computer is a Dell Inspiron. If any disasters strike here that I can see coming will load the pets some clothes and the Dell and take off.  Good luck getting put back together!
Laptop
Can you tell me which Dell you purchased - I am trying to decide which one would meet my needs - using DQS as well. Thanks
Anyone using a laptop?

Am in the market for a laptop and looking for suggestions.  Thanks.


laptop
Yes, but hook up an ergonomic keyboard and a mouse. The portability of it is great.
Laptop
I use my laptop as a backup or to work when I am out of town. The only problem with it is the smaller screen. Performance is no different than my PC though. I do have a regular keyboard for it, and a mouse.
Laptop
I have a Dell Inspiron 2500 but it has nowhere near the memory to download from an outside transcription company. Another problem is the footpedal, how on earth would you use this in your automobile. As well, the DSL, how on earth can you tell when you're traveling if you have access to same? This would be a lifesaver for me, as I have osteoporosis and can go like mad in my recliner without back pain which kills when I use my desktop. I sure would be one happy gal if I could work from a laptop. You do get used to the keyboard, I thought at first I would never, ever have any speed, but one does get used to it. Please e-mail me or write any suggestions here. How much minimal memory do you have on your laptop to comply with companys you work for?
Laptop
Does anyone out there use a laptop for transcription?
laptop
on cold days, in front of the fire place.  in the summer, outside....can't live without my laptop!
laptop
I use my laptop in a regular desk setting and I use a regular keyboard with it, not the laptop keyboard.  I like to sit outside on the balcony in the spring, summer, fall, but I have never not used a desk; can't imagine using it in my lap.  I think that would be too uncomfortable, but hey that's just me.  I have a very comfortable chair.  I mainly have mine because I travel quite a bit and this way, I can take my work with me if I want.
laptop
My step-dad is an over-the-road truck driver and he uses a laptop with a PC card just as you are describing.  He loves it and has no problems whatsoever unless he is in an area where there is no service (just like with a cell phone).