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what spell check do u use? Looking for something cheap... sm

Posted By: new mt on 2005-08-21
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Just starting out and need a spell check program that will do drug names also. I am looking for something that will cover the basics for now and then when I get some pay checks under my belt I can get one of the big ones like spellex. My current employer states there are literally hundreds of medical spell checkers on the market and I should be able to find one that covers some drug names also...does anyone have any ideas or can name a few?? thanks


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Does anyone know of a good, but cheap spell check program? sm
Just did an upgrade to XP and have lost my "free" Spellex that I got with my schooling on my old computer. I have a new job but cant afford to buy the Spellex program yet. Any good ones that do both medical and drug names that is CHEAP? I plan to buy the spellex again when I get a few paychecks, but for now I need something. It is getting really tiring looking up so many drug names!
Check ebay, there's a lot of them pretty cheap.
Some people buy them and then don't like them as much as they thought they would, so you can get some that are practically brand new for next to nothing.
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.
spell-check
I think the most popular is Stedman's.   I have been using Dorland's.  I needed to update my Dorland's Medical Dictionary and bought the new 30th edition.  It came with a free spellcheck.  So I got both for 49.95 -- quite a deal.    I've only been using it a couple months, but it seems comparable to Stedmans (and much less expensive).     
I always run a spell check!!! nm
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Spell check.......
I have worked in several facilities without spell check. You would think it's a given, but the folks who set these programs up are not transcriptionists and the dept head seems to care less. I don't think it is because we're spoiled, it's a backup for us also. I had one dept head say we can't afford it, so I offered to bring my own and then she said, you should know how to spell the words. Like we never accidentally hit a key when typing 90 miles an hour while trying to keep up with dictation backlog. I don't get it either.
Spell Check

When you see you have not capped something or similar, do you correct it as you go or leave it for when you run spell check?


I have noticed I do a lot of correcting as I go, and I think I don't trust spell check will catch it (as I have noticed it will sometimes miss extra spaces). 


I believe this is slowing me down and wondering how you all handle it.  ?


spell check

Have to purchase a new spell check. Hard drive on my computer had to be replaced and with that lost the spell check.


Asking  all the experienced MTs out there to advise which is best, Spellex, Sylvans or something else.


Price is also factor.


 


Thank you!



 


 


Spell check
I would definitely go with Stedman's (wouldn't let me use the actual name).  Its what we use at the hospital I work at. I'm not sure of the cost, but even if it is a little more expensive it will make you more money in the long run because you will have to spend less time looking things up. 
You have to spell check and VR
well the system I use stops at incorrect verbs, etc., very user friendly. That was an extremely high VR count for me, the VR was so good that day but I also had straight line count along with that. I have never, donít think, doubled what I can do straight though.
Just because some spell-check program does not
recognize a word does not mean that it is not a legitimate word. Not every word possible in the English language appears in the dictionary. An English-language dictionary assumes knowledge on the part of the user of how to form English words--such as, for example, how to form modifiers by adding "able" to a verb. Many words of that type will not appear in the dictionary. They don't need to be there. The base or root words are there and the meaning of the endings is explained in the dictionary, either as a separate entry or in an English grammar section, so it is assumed that the user of the dictionary has enough knowledge of the mechanics of English to use that information to determine how to form, for example, modifiers from verbs. If every single word that could be formed by using accepted English word-forming rules were to appear in an English-language dictionary, it would be too big to lift. If a word follows acceptable rules for English word formation, then it's a legitimate English word, even if your spell check doesn't recognize it.
I Use Spellex Spell Check
I have used Spellex for awhile and I love it!!!!! I beleive there is a trial of it on there site not sure though. I know that it comes on a cd. I hope this helps :)
How many people run spell check here? sm
Am I missing something?  In word, the errors are immediately underlined in red and so I correct as I go or when doing a quick proofread.  Isn't running spell check more time consuming?  Is there any benefit from running spell check opposed to what I am doing?  Thanks.
Meditech Spell Check
This is more a case of the blind leading the blind, since I just trained on Meditech a few days ago, but here goes! I have in my notes to hold down shift and press page down, and this initiates the spell check. I haven't even tried it yet, but I hope it helps you.
Spell check with it is HORRIBLE. Had to C&P into
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I Would Try Spellex Spell Check
I believe you will need to purchase a new version. I had the same problem and Steadman's was not compatible with the Word 2007 version. So I did a Google search and found a company called Spellex that was compatible with Word 2007 and never thought about switching back. I think the new verison of Steadman's is compatible with Word 2007 now.

I hope this helps! :)
New in-office job has NO spell check

Hi -  I am starting a new position at a psychiatric facility; will be working three 12-hour days (!)...on initial review of work environment/computer system, etc., they have their "own" program that their "team" set up, but it has NO spell checker, not even one for "general" words, much less a medical one...the other woman who is scheduled to start with me kept on saying, "why is there no spell check... I have never heard of that".... in my opinion, it saves a lot of time having a spell check, we are going to ask their "tech guys" who set up the program if one can be installed, but unfortunately I don't think that is going to be an option, ?...what is your opinion? would you work with no spell check, with a place that is backed up about 1-2 months?...(or have I just gotten too 'spoiled" with working at home with all the "gadgets" that make transcribing faster and more accurrate....less frustrating.  Thanks for your time.     Jen


Spell Check Question

When running spell check, I can't figure out how to get it to allow me to make most changes other than the options provided; so then I have to find the spot in the document afterward when doing my final proofing.   


Does anyone know how to get around this?    - Thanks! 


I Would Try Spellex Spell Check
I would try Spellex for the spell checker. I use it every day well worth every penny!!!!! I hope this helps
Help with WP spell-check issues, please.
The spell-check in WordPerfect has started acting weird lately.  Sometimes I get an underline under a misspelled word, sometimes not.  Sometimes it will underline, and then after a few lines it is gone.  If I check at the end of the document, it does not catch all the misspelled words (left some in on purpose).   All of the spell-check options are correct, I have document checked to spell-check.  Am I going to have to uninstall and reinstall?  Any help?
Need suggestions regarding spell check on my PC.

Okay, here's my situation.  I have a PC given to me by the hospital that I work for.  Last week, it went haywire on me and so I took into the techies to work on.  Long story short, they had to build me a whole new PC.  So now I've got my new PC and it's working great except they forgot to load me the Stedman's medical spellchecker (we use EXText). 


Sooooooo, rather than call the help desk and go through all the hoops just so they can load it on for me, I want to just build my own spellchecker.  They only slow down is those darn drugs!  I have to look those up every single time because I'm never 100% sure if I've spelled them right.  Is there a drug word list somewhere out there on the net that I can copy and paste into my dictionary file?  That would be oh so wonderful. 


I just cannot face the techie people again.  I couldn't work for two days last week because of PC issues and today is the first day of a new pay period and I so want to make up for my lost lines without any more hiccups.


Okay, I'm done boo hooin' and beggin.  Back to work!


And hopefully one with a spell check program
OUCH...your posts kinda make my eyes bleed between the spelling errors and the stilted grammar.

I'm gonna guess you're a newbie...or at least I hope you are.


Just bought Medispell spell check.

Just have loaded it and I am already disappointed.  I am used to Stedman's, but did not think I could afford it.  First document I loaded to check, all the medications were highlighted.  I wish I had just spent the money and got Stedman's.  Has anybody got any ideas for quick lookups for drugs that will show exactly how they are to be typed?  Guess I will have to take the time to look them up at least once, then add them to the dictionary, and I have dial-up.  Drug books are as expensive as the software, and I am not making a whole lot right now.  I guess someday I will learn that you get what you pay for. 


It's a good idea to run a spell check
I would not correct as I went along. I always do a spell check.
New spell check. Opinions needed.
Hey, I'm trying to buy a new speller.  I've found Spellex, Medispell, Stedman's (obviously), etc.  Does it really matter which one I buy?  I'd like to download it. 
Free Internet Spell Check
I have used ieSpell for over a year now for spell checking my posts (as I need it-lol!). I thought others might be interested in this free program as well and so I thought I would share it with you all. :) (I am actually just now downloading it to my new laptop.)
I personally like Spellex spell check
I personally like Spellex spell check but I would try a few out before making a purchase. Hope this helps :)
I type straight through, then run spell-check,
then go back and proofread. Even if I sort of "speed-read", it's amazing the silly mistakes you can find that spell-check doesn't! Words left out, portions of a sentence typed twice (which spell check won't cover like it does double words), and accidental "macro misfires". (Those can be very FUNNY when caught, would be EMBARRASSING if they went through.) Proofing slows me down, but not as much as having to go back and correct the entire report does.
Can someone tell me how to remove a word from spell check?

I'm using ExText (Word based?), ran spell check, and accidentally clicked on 'Add' (adding a misspelled word) when I meant to click on 'Change' (to change it to the correctly spelled word).  I know, I know, I shouldn't be using the mouse, I should be using the Keystrokes anyway, right?.  LOL 


But now that I have a misspelled word in spell check, how do I remove it?  Does anyone know?  TIA!


Others are working without spell check, facility
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How do you edit the spell check in Meditech?
I accidentally added a word that is spelt incorrectly.  How do I edit it?
you get irritated because you can't spell check your handwritten letters
lol
Don't proof at all - spell check picks up the typos.
nm
Have you checked and changed the options that come in the spell check?
In the spell check options, make sure that you have the  "Typographical" choice  checked and "Slow but accurate."  These are options we had to change to make the spell check work better.  Actually, my dumb  fingers hsi for his always gets me in trouble, so I added it to my Expander as well.  I did ask QA how that got through and what hsi was that it was a correct spelling.  I agree that the spell check as a lot to be desired, but with these changes above at least it is tolerable.  With this and careful proofreading (which a lot of MTs seem to dislike these days) I am able to keep above the QA standard.
Stedman's spell check does not work with 2007.
Tech support at Stedman's said that come Feb 28, 2007 they are releasing an updated version of their spellchecker and it will work with Word 2007. If you already have Stedman's spellchecker 2006, on Feb. 28 you can call with your registration number and they can give you an update in the amount $39.00 instead of buying the whole thing all over again!
Need help on setting up Word expanders and spell check

Hi All,


I will be starting a new job soon, and it looks like I will be typing in my own computer's Word program.  I managed to download my old Expander entries from my old job into Notepad, so I now have a list of my expansions.  I am wondering if anyone has any good tips on doing something  with the Notepad entries to get them into AutoCorrect in Word, or do I have to just go through the whole list manually and make new entries into Word AutoCorrect to use for my new expander?


I am also open to any and all suggestions to the Word spellchecker since it does not know LOTS of medical terms and drugs.  Just start entering them manually or buy a medical spellchecker that interphases with Word? I saw some listed when I Googled it, but they seem awful expensive.  100$ and more.  Any suggestions?


THanks!


Vianeta had bad spell check. Copy & pasted
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Personally I give less credibility to anyone who doesn't spell check
Especially someone who has been put in a management position. Just makes them look stupid and "slip shoddy", as you say.
Check at a local nursery/garden center for varieties that are bred for your area, then check online
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Check the connections from where the cable originates to wear it comes into the house. Also check t
had a similar issue with TWC and they had done some upgrades and the modem I had was no longer compatible.  The tech knew what the problem was the minute he saw the modem, only it took me about 3 months and threatening to cancel for them to get out here. 
No, you are not being cheap.
I spend what I can afford. No more, no less.
They got her cheap
Quality is on the downswing and hiring cheap people is up but that's ridiculous.
Yes, cheap. NM
no message
that is cheap
I have done seminars and meetings and still charge by the line and have made about $100 per 60 minute tape.  
Its because they are too cheap

to upgrade to the latest technology.  I remember using DOS forever and WP 5.1 forever because the MTSOs were too cheap to invest any money in state of the art technology.


There are services that use Vista, but harder to find.


No brainer here. Stop payment on first check before you issue 2nd check.
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Cheap docs

They absolutely don't care about quality or any of that jazz, which is why I have always wondered why we as an industry keep beating each other up over issues that doctors couldn't care less about. Not that I think we should all just transcribe any old way we want, but it seems like we act like the slaves out in the mud pit slapping each other around about how much or how little straw to use for the bricks while the slavedriver sits on the side line with the whip completely content with end product either way.


I suppose the answer most would give is that we should take pride in the quality of our work whether they (the doctors) do or not, but I can't get passed the notion that these are the same individuals that the powers that be seem so intent on pleasing and are also the same individuals who would see us all in the soup lines tomorrow looking for the next homeless shelter to sleep in if they had their way. They (the medical profession) will not think twice about putting all transcriptionists out of business at their first opportunity, and yet we as an industry continue to bow to their ridiculous and uninformed demands concerning how to do what we do or their complaints about how much we charge or that we shouldn't charge for line count generated by short forms or macros, etc. They have no clue how many times their butts get saved by transcriptionists on a daily basis.


I've never met a transcriptionist who wouldn't readily agree with the notion that we are part of the health care team, and yet many of us continue to act like we still work for the doctors instead of the patient. Oh well, go figure.


Just venting as well.


Cheap doctors
I remember one specialist many years back who complained when the hospital I worked for put in a new dictation system which required pushing the buttons on the phone to put in patient ID, etc.  He came to the department in person, ranting and raving because "now he would have to pay to have a push button phone installed" in his office.  This same doc came in the department on a Sunday afternoon and was using the hospital department copy machine to copy EACH AND EVERY PAGE his JAMA because he had DROPPED IT IN HIS POOL at home.  Can you say, "cheep, cheep, cheep"???? 
No, its cheap labor.
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That's cheap.....electrolysis......sm

the plastic surgeon charges $400 per session no matter what part of the body, mine was the chin and one brown spot, oh and in between the eyebrows (which the dr who didn't own the practice charged me HALF that).  That doctor is more experienced in laser than the doctor who owns the practice (who wouldn't have charged me at all *lol*).


Someday when I am rich (hey, I can dream, now can't I???  *LOL*) I will go back and have the chin done over and over again *lol*


 


 


The reason they are so cheap
I think it's a bit of hyprocrisy on MLSs who are so anti-offshoring but love their computers from a company that offshores a lot of its jobs and there are plans to do even more.