April 15, 2015
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Your T2202A Student Tax Form Questions, Answered

It's tax time again! As the April 30 deadline approaches, many students are hastily getting their documents prepared for the 2014 tax season. If you attended an educational institution in 2014, you may be eligible to apply for education tax credits. CanScribe students and graduates have online access to their T2202A, making it quicker and easier for them to download and print at their convenience. Let's go through the full details of the T2202A and how to access it. What is a T2202A? The T2202A (i.e., Tuition and Education Amounts Certificate) is an official...

March 31, 2015
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Advanced Speedtype – Using Macros to Run Music Files

Get your music playing with just a few keystrokes! In today's production-based environment of Medical Transcription, efficiency is a must. We prepare our students for the working world by arming them with the necessary knowledge and tools to be the best MT they can be. We offer countless discussions and demonstrations to show them how to use those tools to have a successful career. However, some of the technology can seem intimidating and not all students use it as much as they should. One of the most helpful tools, and the least understood, is the word expander...

March 12, 2015
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Excel Basics: Creating a Workbook

Microsoft Excel is a program that allows you to organize and manipulate data. It can sort data, perform calculations (using formulas), and make it easy to find and search the exact data you are looking for. The great thing about Excel is that it can be extremely useful to a very wide variety of people. From organizing a household budget to running functions for thousands of cells of data, Excel can be useful to pretty much anyone. Excel can look pretty daunting to a first-time user - this tutorial will cover the basic functions of the program. Let’s look at creating a workbook, customizing a...

February 17, 2015
Speech Recognition Technology in Healthcare

Answers On Speech Recognition Technology in Healthcare

Let's get to the truth about Voice Recognition Software Anyone who is involved in medical transcription today has heard (literally) all about speech recognition and where it is supposedly taking the MT industry. Voice recognition has been around for several decades but it has only been in the last decade that we have begun to fear it for its job-replacing capabilities. But is that really the way medical records documentation will go? Will we all be replaced by voice-to-text applications that can easily crank out hundreds of reports an hour? This seasoned healthcare documentation specialist says...

January 13, 2015
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6 Quick Tips to Make Your Computer Work Better

As we all know, Medical Transcriptionists absolutely depend on their computers. It can be extremely frustrating to try to work on a computer that isn't running properly! Keeping a good maintenance program and regularly cleaning your computer can help keep it running fast, and will allow you to work more productively. If you’re having major problems with your computer, you should place a call to the manufacturer or bring it in to be serviced. But first, a little technological cleaning may put the hum back in your hard drive. Get rid of clutter

December 22, 2014

10 Ways To Maintain Your Studying Motivation During the Holidays

The holiday season can be an extremely difficult time to motivate yourself to study. As if keeping yourself focused under everyday pressures isn't enough, try throwing holiday parties, copious amounts of food, gift shopping, and family into the mix! I am here to tell you that yes, it is possible to stay on track with your studies during the holidays, and maybe even...get ahead! Here are some ways to increase your motivation to study:

December 9, 2014
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HIPAA and Confidentiality: Proper Security Measures for MTs

Your Security Responsibilities as an MT We deal a lot with the importance of confidentiality in the Professional Issues portion of our Medical Transcription course. More and more hospitals and practices in Canada and the US are adopting Electronic Health Records, but hackers are finding weaknesses in their networks and are stealing patient data. It seemed like a great time to remind students and MTs about their duty to treat the information they transcribe with the utmost care and discretion. The HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)...

November 25, 2014
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Medical Transcriptionist Employers: 8 Know How Tips

I want to contact an employer. Where do I start? Contacting employers, especially big MTSOs (Medical Transcription Organizations) such as M*Modal or Nuance, can be extremely intimidating. You may already be an MT looking for employment, in which case you want to make a good first impression. Maybe you are new to the industry and are doing your research on a school (we actually put you in touch with our employers to give you the opportunity to ask them about us and our program!). Whatever your situation is for contacting them, don't burn any bridges. Make sure they get a positive, professional first impression of you, even from the first phone call.....

November 14, 2014
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Isolation Effects And Working From Home

There are many advantages and perks to working from home. You save money on gas and auto expenses, you have a better level of comfort, and you can wear your slippers if you want. You get to be there more for your families. These are all just some of the many bonuses that a work-from-home career can offer. Challenges of working from home Many people, especially those in the transcription industry and those new to the transcription industry, like the idea of working at home. There are, however, challenges to working from home, and one of the biggest dangers is the...

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