June 16, 2017
speech recognition

Is Speech Recognition Technology Taking Over?

Is Speech Recognition Technology Taking Over? Anyone involved in Medical Transcription / Healthcare Documentation today has heard (literally) about the emergence of speech recognition technology. While […]
March 31, 2015
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Using Macros to Run Music Files – Advanced Speedtype

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...

February 17, 2015
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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...

December 15, 2014
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6 Tips On How To Hear 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!...

October 27, 2014
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12 Medical Sound-Alikes And Tips For Dealing With Them

Medical words that sound similar (and how to deal with them) Sound-alike words can pose a challenge to transcriptionists. For example, there is a vast difference between ileum and ilium, even though they sound the same. It could be a critical mistake to type the wrong word into a medical report. The ileum refers to the distal portion of the colon while ilium refers to the superior portion of the hip bone. Using the wrong word could make the medical report very confusing and could potentially put a patient's life at risk.

September 29, 2014
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How To Develop Effective Listening Skills: Mad Gab

Mad Gab for Transcriptionists As you may know all too well, one of the hardest things about transcription is developing the listening ear. Developing a listening ear means being able to untangle complicated dictated phrases. For Medical Transcriptionists, this means developing a listening ear for the language of medicine. Almost all of the words that you are trying to untangle are brand new to you...

July 7, 2014
Learning Language Medicine

Learning The Language of Medicine

Learning the language of medicine is like learning any other; you need to read it, write it, and SPEAK it…at least, that’s my take on it. When you learn a language like Russian or Japanese or Spanish, you are taught to read it and write it, as we are taught to do with our medical language too. However, you also immerse yourself in it and you speak it a lot; you’re encouraged to talk the new language whenever you can and say “hello” and “goodbye” and “what’s your name?” in the new language, right? You are encouraged to “wrap your tongue” around that unfamiliar language just as quickly as possible and as often as possible right from the start.

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