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 26, 2015
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How To Personalize Your Home Office

Make Your Office Your Own Most of us are at work or in our home office at least 40 hours a week. That's almost one quarter of our life each week! My workspace is truly my home away from home, and as you finish your education and start your new career, yours will be as well. With that being said, why not make it as comfortable as your living room? Many of my co-workers like to drop by my work area just to say "hi" because they tell me how relaxing and comfortable it is over here – it's all about ambience! Your desire to work should come out of a sense of passion and....

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...

February 11, 2015
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4 Tips to Increase Productivity (and Make More Money)

Every medical transcriptionist from time to time wonders how to increase their work production and pay check. Your MTSO (employer) may give you a minimum line count to meet, and fulfilling that requirement sooner may free up your schedule for the rest of the day. Here are a few tips that our MT instructors have found helpful over the years to increase their productivity and accuracy - whether you worked as an independent contractor or employee for a hospital or clinic. 1. Save your keystrokes Invest in a good word expander. Word expanders are programs that allow you...

January 5, 2015
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CanScribe Graduate Story: Shelley Steel

Dear prospective student, Study Online? What should I expect? Is it hard or easy? What if I need help? How am going to juggle a full-time job and school? These are just some of the questions I asked myself when I was looking into CanScribe Career College. I took the time to get answers to my questions and am I ever glad that I did. CanScribe Career College Medical Transcriptionist training is one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time!

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 15, 2014
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How Can I Hear The Dictations Better?

Meet Candy Klaudeman. She is a medical transcriptionist, blogger and CanScribe graduate. She loves working from her home in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is married and is the mother of 3 children and has numerous pests--oops is that a typo--cats, birds, a gecko, crickets and fish. Candy has a passion for learning, exploring, and spirituality and loves to pass on what she has learned to help others. She gives such an honest and real student perspective in her MT articles, and we wanted to share her thoughts with you!...

December 9, 2014
HIPAA and confidentiality

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
Medical Transcriptionist Employers

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.....

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