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Okay, I decided to try mobile

Posted By: in the boonies on 2009-03-09
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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.

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I thought this was in bad taste and did not have a good feeling about her. But, I certainly never reported her. It isn't my job and I am not a watchdog group looking out for the companies who hire MTs.

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well, so far i have decided...

to just keep pursuing ideas and options until I hit a dead end.  A very nice MT did email me and told me how she got into mentoring.  She seemed to really have a handle on it. 

It seems that I would need my own accounts and then subcontract the work to newbies.  I just cannot seem to figure out how I would have the time to provide service to a client AND mentor someone just out of school.

Thank you for your input.  It does seem that newbies should have a better option that just "luck" when trying to gain experience.

I decided to let her go...sm
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I am very, very proud of her.
My account has decided to go with EMR. please sm

I charge them 12 cpgl and have for 8 years.  They are still going to need me through their transition (who knows how long) and will need me for overflow to type letters, narratives etc. 


I am wondering if anyone has had an experience like this and how they would do their contract.  Im thinking of charging them 1-2 cpl higher, but with a shorter Turn Around Time for the overflow work since I am losing the majority of the work. Any opinions or suggestions?  Thanks so much!

Just for fun, I decided to sit down and try to remember... SM

how many services I have worked for since I started working from home back in the mid 90s.  And the grand total is 16!  Isn't that just sad?  Of course, I left for various reasons from no work, bad dictators, late or no pay checks, laid off because work went to India, etc.

I've realized over the years that it's best to work for yourself and if you have to work for somebody else, work directly for the hospital or doctor's office.  Benefits are way more affordable that way.  I have a dermatology account of my own and I work full-time for a hospital for the benefits.  I also cover for a friend of mine when she needs time off, I take over her account and she does the same for me.

It's a really sad statement when it seems not one MT has ever found satisfying work with at least one of the many services out there!

I do QA also and I've decided
not to change capitalization anymore - just for that reason.  It explains it in the BOS but still confusing to me.  I feel badly now for the times I did change knowing it could have been scored against the MT - not sure my company does that tho.  Interested to see what others say here.  Good question!
I have decided not to test for them...sm
I googled "transrx in Canada" and it has a website with a forum from Canada called Canscribe and someone was asking about them and it says they don't pay on time. That is enough for me to say forget it.
You know, you are correct... I have decided
I am not going to have any part of working for a company which is not 100% USA. I was wavering about going elsewhere for a job, but I have a great job right here with one of the best medium MTSOs and why get an IC job which operates overseas just for extra money. I think that we need to keep the money and labor here in our industry. Thanks for your input, it really did help. :)
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.



I have used ATT and with the $60 package you have unlimited use...It worked good for me.
I've already decided to quit.
I'm just waiting for the phone call to tell me what my MT/ME reward plan will be. Then I will tell them to take a flip flying hike.

I can't handle my base pay being lowered to 7 cents per line for ASR reports.
We decided to simplify! We ditched

the new cars and trucks and ditched the big,expensive house in the burbs.  We bought a little place in the woods (1000 square feet - only two of us) and have it paid off now - pretty easy since it was only about 40K when we bought it.  We live on a canal with access to a big river and have all kinds of wildlife.  Matter of fact, I just chased a big raccoon away from my birdfeeder!  I drive a 22-year-old Mercedes and my husband drives a 10-year-old PU truck. We don't totally live like the Waltons - have DSL, DirecTV with Tivo, etc. - but by simplifying we have so much less stress.  We don't have kids at home any more so that definitely makes it easier.  

 It just got so old toiling and toiling just to pay for expensive "STUFF".   Just a thought - It's probably not for everybody, but it sure works for me.

Thanks for the suggestions, I've decided on....sm
ordering a couples massage (waiting to hear back from our honeymoon destination on setting that up) and found on line a really neat engravable key chain that let me put the title of the song I wrote for him for our wedding on it as well as a bride and groom monogram.
Yes, absolutely. My sister and I have already decided we
were going to take them in, a few months at her house, a few at mine. Our Dad is retired and our Mom will retire in two years from nursing.

I do have one other sibling, a brother, but he's knee-deep in debt and is already taking care of his in-laws so he probably can't help much.
I had one who decided lunch time ....sm
would be a good time to dictate.  Opening wrappers, eating, drinking, etc.  I was so repulsed by the eating sounds, I was ready to give them up.  I called my contact person about 3 x and asked her  to ask him to stop.  Finally, I called the manager.  When she approached him about it, HE DENIED IT!!!  Said he didn't eat while dictating.  Of course, she believed him and was dumbfounded at what I could be hearing!  I told her I knew what I was hearing and  it had to stop.  Anyone who has ever heard that sound while transcribing KNOWS they are eating.  What a jerk.  Interestingly, the eating stopped, and I still have the account.
Yes, I lost a client because they decided to go with them.
The BOS is just a bunch of "rules" decided on
Because BOS are rules decided on by ladies
I've already decided on Obama ----- sm
His opponents and detractors keep saying he's "inexperienced". Yeah, and look what "experienced" politicians have brought to the table in the last few decades.

New ideas are good.
Youth is good.

I think it's time for a new way of doing things in this country, not the same ol'. It's a new world, with new problems (such as the plight of American MTs and other workers), and maybe he'll bring some relief (or at least some new ideas on how to get it) for the dwindling middle class, which has been carrying the weight and finances of this country on its shoulders for too many years.

Time to stop letting our country get s*****d by India, Mexico, Asia, and others. And I think he has the ability to say "no" to these countries without starting a war with them.

Sometimes "inexperience" is a refreshing change.

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.
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!
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. 
I decided to stop working two MT jobs and just keep the one - sm
but I work at another job totally unrelated to the medical field. I was getting too burnt out doing transcription and the taxes were killing me.
I have decided to quit my job. I hate this company.
It's worse than ANYWHERE I have ever worked before.  The problem is that I don't have another job yet.  However, I know I can easily find another job.  I just don't know if I should hang on to do the responsible thing and find another job first. ~ OR ~ If I should take some time off for Christmas with the kids instead of busting my chops for this company when I know I'm not going to stay anyway.  I wonder if they give Christmas presents or bonuses.  LOL  I can take my $7 an hour from their lousy ESLs and crummy platform and go buy lottery tickets and a bottle of cheap wine!  Hooey!  McDonald's, here I come!!!!
Was gonna post, then decided not to. Opened
my door, went outside to water my petunias. Went to turn on the water and uncoil the black hose, and there was A HUGE SNAKE COILED IN WITH THE HOSE!! AGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! It did not move - it had a fly walking on its back, and I PRAISED THE LORD THAT IT WAS DEAD!! DEAD SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not as bad as a living snake. As I was going to poke it with a stick to fling it, my daughter screamed - ITS NOT DEAD!!!! ITS JUST SUN BATHING.  I looked and looked, and it sure looked dead. IT WAS NOT.................................. It was about 3 feet long, which will probably morph into 8 feet by the end of the week as I tell my tale!! It was HORRIBLE. I live in NJ, and moved to a new area a few years back. Never saw a snake, a tick, or a black widow spider in my LIFE. Now they are everywhere. I laughed at the posts to call animal control. If you live in an area with snakes and the like, they LAUGH at you. Believe me, I know. I actually called the POLICE when I found my first bonafide black widow spider guarding her nest. She ATTACKED US!! They are actually aggressive when by an egg sac. Turns out they are everywhere in this 1 section of NJ - brought in via immigrants, per the Health Dept. So, I feel your pain!!  I wouldn't kill them either. Killed a 2 foot rat about a year ago, and still feel bad. The thing lived under my fridge.  HORRIBLE. One night the thing ate a 12 pack of English Muffins. Anyhoooooooooooooooooooooooooo....I can relate!! My only advice - RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My DH has decided to become a Pampered Chef demonstrator.

Does anyone have any info on this?  Is it a good way to make some extra money?  I said NO, he decided to do it anyway.

That's one of the reasons I decided to give up my IC status
and become an employee. There's no way I'd work when I'm on vacation. When I'm on vacation that last thing I think about and would want to do is work. I know that IC status does have advantages, but for me the disadvantages outweigh them. Good luck with whatever you decide.
...and regarding the mobile devices (more information)

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. 

My advice if you do buy your own is to get a laptop so you can be mobile. nm
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!
I think it is decided, and you can kiss this account goodbye. I would present the sm
finished work, along with a bill, and when you expect payment.

Meanwhile, get real busy looking for something else to make it up.
I was teaching, and Katrina hit, and I decided I needed a job that could move with me if need be.
I have a friend who was an MT (actually, she and 2 of her sisters are MTs). When I asked her what she did, it was like a light going off in my mind--it sounded really interesting, since I loved typing and grammar and had good ears (I thought). When Katrina hit, I took time during our enforced semester off to take an online course, loved it, and began working as an MT. I discovered quickly that having good musical ears is not the same thing as having good MT ears!

What I love about MT work is that it is so interesting. I get to learn every day without having to actually be there to see/smell/hear. I am fascinated by the human machine and enjoy learning about it in detail.

Eventually, I'd like to move into a mentoring/teaching position with young or new MTs, but I need more years of experience before that happens. I totally admire those of you who have been doing this for a long time-- you guys have amazing ears and I'm always impressed by the knowledge you have picked up by working! That's what I aspire to, as well.

I decided I did not want to be a file clerk for the rest of my life.....
I was hired in a 5 doc urology practice as a file clerk. And we all know that the file room is a toxic waste dump from people who have no idea what to do with whatever piece of paper they have. After working in the file room, the docs asked me if I would help out the other transcriptionist. (She was the only one at the time). Since I KNEW I wasn't cut out to be a file clerk, I said sure. So I filed part time, helped with transcription overload. We got a new peds urologist fresh from a Fellowship at Mayo Clinic so he was a really wordy type.

Long story short, he was so busy I was out of the file room for good, typing just for him as he saw lots of kids, and loving every minute of it. He moved to Arizona in the early 2000's, called me in 2006, and the rest, as they say, is history. He is still a peds urologist and I am still working for him. Everything is done over the Internet. No paper anywhere except what his office prints out.

He is one of the reasons I LOVE MY JOB.
is this with a mobile home company by chance? nm
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
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Mobile Infimary Medical Center
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Mobile PC card - no router required.

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


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.