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Platforms are referred to when you work live

Posted By: old_MT on 2007-08-03
In Reply to: Platforms? - Kimberly

via a VPN or through the internet in some fashion -- when you work directly from their voice server and upload back to their server through the software they use.

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Is there ONE pedal I can buy that will work with ALL platforms? And where do I shop for a pedal?
I work live....

I don't have to download but three dictations, one after another, usually 1-3 minutes in length, and have had no problems with my dial-up on the platform I work on. It may take a minute for three files to download, but then when I upload the first file upon completion my next dictation is already there waiting for me to begin typing right away. While I am typing, then another dictation downloads.

I connect most consistently with 50.6 Kbps and it has worked well so far. However, I have never experienced/worked with high speed connection so I don't know what I am missing. :D

I actually prefer working on a platform as to downloading from an FTP site or via E-mail as it is actually more time consuming for me when I have done that in the past. :)

I certainly will be giving the ExpressCard a try as I will be given two weeks to decide to keep it or return it. I will also keep my ISP for awhile too just to see how this all works. :) My major concern is whether I get a good signal out here in the boonies. :D If Verizon doesn't work for me, then I will try Sprint when they start getting the ExpressCards in but Verizon will receive them first is my understanding.

Thanks so very much for your feedback. I sincerely appreciate it.


I live in Pocatello and work for MQ (nm)
Yes, I used to live and work there! Fire away
with any questions!
I work at MQ, live in MI and make less than 10.5 cpl.
I used to work on Big Beaver Rd. in Troy, MI. now live in TN sm
They have bizarre town names:  Buck Snort, Defeated, Difficult, Hanging Limb, Bell Buckle.  There is no way I'd ever live there.
I live in Georgia and I have never heard of this - I just work! nm
She has been referred in the past - sm
by social services, that's where they hooked up with her current psychologist.

It's a rural area, not much to offer, so they are looking further away from home now to find the right person/people for counseling.

Should also mention that SS dropped the ball on more than one occasion when it comes to Tater and her younger brother (different father.) Tater's mom has also relinquished custody of the baby brother in the past couple of months. Just handed him over without so much as a "how ya doin" to the boy's father, who is also the same guy that she had tossed in jail for domestic abuse and has a standing no contact order against. Some mother.
Often times referred to as
Medical Records transcription as in "hospital medical records"......
H&P, Consultations, Discharge Summaries, Op-reports...the basic 4 types of reports that are typically transcribed in the medical records dept. if they are done in-house. Radiology is generally done in the Radiology Dept.
I also live in Georgia - how did they find out you work from home?
If you work for a national, what difference does it make where you live?
If you work locally, then yes I think it makes a difference. I work for a national, live in the boondocks and still do well.
The first time I went to that board I was actually referred
there by an MQ exec. No one at MQ has ever mentioned this site that I am aware of.
Yes! My MIL referred to it as my "little job" when I first started. nm
Nana referred to me as QADRAGONLady below and... SM

I wanted to move this discussion back to the top so I started a new thread.  She asked if I share any websites or information with the MTs I QA and my answer is, I do.  

For instance, when looking up a doctor's name, did any of the MTs here know that most states have a state department for professional licensing where you can look up MDs, DOs, physical therapists, nurses (both LPNs and RNs), etc?  So in addition to using the AMA, website which is great because you can do a sound alike search, you can also go to each state's licensing website.  I should add that no one ever told me this when I was an MT.  I just discovered it on my own because I cared enough about the work I put out to make sure I exhausted every resource possible.

Another nifty, self-taught, trick of the trade... I have the website for every facility for every account I work on in my favorites.  A lot of times a facility will have a doctor finder on their website.  In addition, they may say the name of a ward or department that you might be able to reference on the website.  Not to mention, it helps to know where the facility is located for future reference such as when a dictator mentions a place of employment in a patient's social history.  If you know where your facility is located, then you can look at the yellow pages online for that area.

I always share any great terminology or drug websites I come across.  There's a great website that will list most every hospital in any particular state and a link to that hospital's website.  All I had to do to find that website was do a Google search for "hospitals in Arizona or California or Texas" (whatever state you need) and I found theagapecenter.com website.

No one person ever sat me down as an MT and gave me a step by step on how to use my reference books or the internet.  I taught myself because I CARED.  That's the problem with a lot of the MTs I QA.  They don't care.  The say the MTSOs only care about the bottom line, well the MTs only care about the bottom line too and the end result is poor quality and subsequently loss of American jobs.

But so what?!?!  I'm just a dragon lady and most QA people are just big meanies anyway.  MTs can keep blaming everybody else for their low wages and offshoring, but it's time to step up and take some responsibility.


Nana referred to me as QADRAGONALady below and..
Through those many years we had the luxury of time for research and education. These MTs today must concentrate on getting as many lines as possible within as short a time as possible. There is just not the luxury of time for research we enjoyed. Its a whole different ball game now. These young robots need every bit of patience, encouragement, and help we can give them in their struggle to maintain a living in our chosen field. They memorize quickly and do not forget the things they must learn on the fly.
You have to work in their Harrison office. I contacted them in August, but I live across the
How to research a supposed law in California saying I owe taxes for work there even though I live ou
My boss said that a law was passed in California (not a new law apparently, but a law that wasn't "enforced") saying that out of state employees that work for whatever in California have to pay California state taxes? I can see why this would make sense and why it wouldn't. However they just sent me the form, but are now saying they aren't really sure I do have to pay now, but fill it out anyway. Well I don't want money taken out that is mine! Any ideas how to research this with that little information? Thank you!
How to research a supposed law in California saying I owe taxes for work there even though I live ou
My boss said that a law was passed in California (not a new law apparently, but a law that wasn't "enforced") saying that out of state employees that work for whatever in California have to pay California state taxes? Actually I am an IC (not an "employee" per se) I can see why this would make sense and why it wouldn't. However they just sent me the form, but are now saying they aren't really sure I do have to pay now, but fill it out anyway. Well I don't want money taken out that is mine! Any ideas how to research this with that little information? Thank you!
It is referred to as MDI-Maryland, and it is a good company.
What is it you want to know?

You work as SE (statutory employee).

Set your own schedule, direct deposit, great line rate, always work available (too much sometimes), easy platform. Anything else?

I will try to answer any other questions.
I wasn't able to transfer my file, but someone referred me to..sm

this Productivity Talk board and I e-mailed the "moderator" of the board (and who seems to be the only person in the world who knows how to do this) two weeks ago and I've gotten no response, so that may just be a waste of time, but you could try it.  I have had to manually re-enter my auto corrects yet again.  I went from SmarType on YOG to DQS to new job in Word all in two months.  I so hope I don't have to do this again for a very long time.

Good luck.

One of my instructors referred our class to them a few years back.
I used them for FTP on a paid account (I think it was only like 20 bucks or so a year) and it worked great until a company I signed on with provided their own FTP servers.
That's weird! My MIL referred to my MT job as "my litle job." She has a high opinion of m

Cardiac Clinic - no do not capitalize; Cardiology - yes as it is referred to as an entity. nm
why no, i don't live in snobville. did you think you knew me? i live in heritage hills a suburb
it takes a little longer to get to work and shopping but thank god i have some privacy and am away from the congestion.  lovely trees and lakes all around.  maybe about 20 minutes to a large shopping mall.  but no, i don't even know where snobville is.
why yes the quality of air where i live is quite different than where the city people live.
Lots of pollution.  That's why everyone is moving away from the city and areas zoned for multiple housing units and low income housing and trailer parks.  Population is dense and near manufacturing.  So yes, the air is different but millions of people pay a little extra for the quality, the space and privacy afforded to those who move out of polluted crowded areas such as you defend.  There is always a reason why some areas and housing is cheaper than others.  Maybe it is the air and maybe it's something you can't quite put your finger on but you know you would prefer not to live in certain areas.  You know what I mean or are you living in one of those areas?  They tell after awhile you block out the sounds, the smells and get used to the pollution.  I don't know.  I didn't stay long enough to test the theory.  My mental and physical health is way too important to me. 
I know they live a long time, so if there is a chance they will out live you - sm
make sure you make provisions for them in your will. I have only had cockatiels and some finches, so don't really know anything about the bigger birds. I love African Grey's but they are very expensive.
Platforms are bad.
Microsoft Word is great. The company's platforms really stink sometimes. Not helpful at all and make it harder for production.
DQS was one of first platforms (sm)
that pared transcription screen down to body of report, with all demographic stuff on UNPAID demographic screen. No matter how much time you have to spend searching for and filling in demo info, no pay for lines like cc's, dates of service, admission/discharge, names of consultants, etc. That stuff adds up when the reports are very short. If your new MTSO's account pays for such things as headers/footers, you should see better lph than you were able to achieve with DQS.
Yep that is low, though some platforms
are not MT friendly and if you have lots of horrible dictators it will slow you down.  At most companies the FT MTs tend to get first shot at the work (usually, I know there are exceptions) and I know with my company if work is slow FT MTs get the work first. 

Platforms are programs usually provided by the company.  Examples are Emdat, escription, or when you hear the term "proprietary software".  Oh, I think another one, is Bytescribe, but don't quote me on that. 

Express Scribe is considered a "player" for dss, wav files (digital recordings).  The doc will dictate either directly into a microphone on the computer or he/she may have a handheld digital recorder.  A lot of times these dss or wave files are provided to you through an FTP site.  If you read this post, I have found that any word that is underlined and in a different color, if you click on that word, there is also an explanation of these terms.  Very helpful indeed! 

Do not feel that you are ignorant.  There are still transcriptionists transcribing from tapes (me included).  I only wish I knew about this board long before I learned about it.  There are some nice people that will try to help you.  Good luck in your "at home" MT'ing....  

What exactly is a transcription platform and what are the best ones out there.  On the Diskriter ad they say they use ChartScript but I also saw someone else say they used AnyModal Edit.  What is the difference with these?  Looking into picking up extra work at home and needs lots of info.  Please be patient with me as I do not always know the answers or the right questions to ask. 
I believe the platform is the software used to transcribe or edit the dictation. Some are more user-friendly than others.
Have you tried it with any platforms?
Have you talked with the tech people at the company about this? Even though they say it won't work, find out if you can give it a try and if it will work.

As far as changing the OS from Vista to XP, it can be done. However, in a case like yours, I would be inclined to spend the $$ and take the laptop to a guru/specialist that I trust for the sake of my sanity.
I have never heard of a platform many of you are speaking about.  Could you please explain?  Thank You!!

If each company has their own platform, why do they list "experience preferred in..." that platform on their classifieds?  How could you have experience if you had never worked for them before?

Is MS Word experience recommended for most services?


I don't know anything about WP5.1 and FlashForward. Maybe I used them and didn't know it!  But when I used a DOS-based program - or, before that, a dedicated word processor - I could rack up the lines in nothing flat.

Now we get yelled at to produce more, produce more, while they tie our hands behind our backs with the idiotic software they provide us with.  What are we supposed to do in that position - type with our noses?

If you ever get the chance to use ChartNet, TAKE IT!  It is the most awesome program I've ever used in the 38 years I've been at this.  It is written for transcriptionists and is simple, amazingly easy to learn - an hour or two - and very rarely gives anybody any grief at all.  A man in Hudson, Ohio, developed it and it's spreading and just the best.
MTS Platforms
For at home-transcribers, what is a good software platform - Express Scribe, Transcription Gear???  How about ExText - is it available for purchase to ICs?
Not able to do that with certain platforms.
Can I get some opinions as to what you think is the best platform to work in?  Does anyone think Scribe is slow?  What is best, what is worst?
what platforms MT's like
I like just Word and then encrypted e-mail
It can be done both ways. There are platforms out there
that you can download the sound files, transcribe them, then upload the documents. This would be like an FTP site for upload/download and Word/Express Scribe (or another wav player) to type/listen.

There are also platforms that work "realtime" over the Internet with servers. Some places have you log into their secure system to listen to the sound files and type in a Word-based platform.
Transcend platforms
Any help you can pass my way on the various platforms that Transcend uses and how user friendly they are, bulky they might be , etc. will be appreciated.  Can you use Expanders with them?
Platforms like any other software (sm)
have differing features. Some of these features are more attractive to a hospital or MTSO than to an MT. Some were not designed for a production environment but are being used as such. Some are chosen by companies because they are "tweakable" to maximize profits for the company and not the MT. Some are simply not MT-friendly, too many demographic screens and other piddly things to fill out that slow one down.

Also, a facility's internal IT department, server, network connection, and other factors make another difference. A decent platform can be ruined by an MTSO or client not having enough power to run the software.

But basically to get at your question, IMO a good platform minimizes the amount of "fiddle work" an MT has to do. It has things like automatic filling of demographics, report lookup features. It works with multiple brands of abbreviation software seamlessly. It's fast because it's installed optimally on a system big enough to handle its memory requirements. Its line counting setup or function is clear and verifiable by the MT.

IMO anytime you have to be fiddling around with multiple popup boxes, searching for patient demographics for every report, or waiting on a slow system, that's not a good platform to be on and is costing you money.
Need some information about these 2 platforms...
If you had a chance to work with Dictaphone Ex-Text, or Chartscript, which one would you pick?
Don't know about platforms, but recent
posts about having trouble getting paid with DeVenture. 
DocQScribe and Other Platforms

I have Emdat and Transurfer on this computer and all attempts to get jobs in DQS have been thwarted.  No idea why.  Never had this problem before.  Voice file just shows "buffering" and never goes beyond that.  If anyone knows a fix, I would love to hear it.  Thanks!

Transcription platforms

Hi all - I'm looking for a transcription platform for my small company. I've looked into EMDAT, Intrascript, and Medquist. I've seen a reference here regarding I-text, but I can't seem to find them on Google. Do you have any other platform recommendations? Also, do you know their contact info?


yes, it is possible to have 2 different platforms on the same computer...nm
What are the good platforms?

What are the good platforms?  I currently work in MS Word and upload my reports after completing each one. 


I have several platforms on my computer..
I have EXT, Fusion, Bayscribe, Escription, Dictaphone, and Express Scribe. I use ShortHand 10 for one account and autocorrect in word for others. I have had no problems with anything. I did have a problem once with escription and not being able to use yahoo messenger while in there, but that is all. Hope this helps!