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Other Reviews, 1995-96:
For the Record 12/4/95 Review
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"Do Your Homework," by Valerie Curtiss. Helpful hints about MT companies: "Finding a company where all this necessary equipment can be leased as a payroll deduction of about $10 a week is the least expensive way to get started." ". . .a great guide to some of those companies that may be hiring remote transcriptionists can be obtained from the American Health Information Management Association."
"Home based Transcription Services: Do you have What it Takes?" by Carol Paton. "Last August Marcia Gaffney CMT, recevied a call from a client asking for clarification on a portion of a medical report. After reviewing the year-old document stored in her computer files, Gaffney was surprised by her discovery." At least 5 years experience was recommended prior to starting an at-home transcription business; unqualified people think they can do it just because they have a computer and several medical books and have typed some medical words as a court reporter. Necessary equipment is listed. Warning is given about the discipline and isolation inherent in a home-based business.
Other articles in this magazine:
"RNs and HIMs: Diversity or Adversity?"
"AHIMA's Module 4 Aid to Managing Transcription," $195, to be available in mid-1996 (8 tapes)
"Quality Improvement in Medical Transcription" (hospital setting).
Two companies are featured: Tele-Trans Medical Transcription Service in San Antonio, owner Elaine Speece, and Ned and Patrice Swift's Swift Transcription in Spokane, worth $375,000 last year. Small MT businesses are described as thriving as well as larger services. The scarcity of MTs, the need for firms to offer competitive salaries and the need to adapt to new technologies are mentioned. AAMT, MTIA and Entrepreneur's business guide with start-up information are listed as resources, with phone numbers.
The magazine is full of ideas for new businesses, mainly home-based ideas. One advertisement offered home training for MT: Medical Management Software of San Mateo, California, MMedical@aol.com.
We are in a transition comparable to that from wilderness hunting to
agriculture, and agriculture to industry, with a new frontier of a
knowledge marketplace that is still a "gift economy" with the
elimination of middle men.
Knowledge leads, not technology.
Interactive communication stops one-way propaganda manipulation.
Locations of power and leadership are changing.
Monopolies are being broken up, some markets are becoming obsolete (television, telephone).
"Grizzly bears" on the net will become extinct too.
The net is a "possibility space" with new virtues, ethics and values emerging.
The net appears to be chaos because there is such freedom of many individuals, and there are no central controls.
Order can emerge from the chaos or be imposed from the outside.
Diversity in unity brings stability, not rigid uniformity.
Government intervention and control can be stifling to what is emerging; self-government on the net will prevent the need for government intervention.
Cartoons critical of cyberspace focus on mergers trying to control, the small folks getting run over by the big folks, the uselessness of the net to some people, and the new "haves" and "have nots."
Those who can use this new market must have the expertise and the time.
Education for this new marketplace is a great challenge.
This market is growing on trust which is built on predictability.
Moderator was Michael Vlahos; George Gilder and Alvin Toffler were participants, as well as heads of major think tanks and computer companies.
Another article dealt with a "Roadmap Guide" for on-line travelers, for learning Telnet, Usenet, file transfer protocols, computer security, and WWW. This was developed by a Patrick Douglas Crispen, a student at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. You can sign up for the "Roadmap Course." The lessons are self-paced and self-graded and can be taken and printed whenever you want. More than 70,000 people eventually have taken this course; in fact, the final session of this crashed the university's computer system. They are now archieved at the University and can be downloaded FREE to anyone.
10/1/95: From: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sue McKinnon
Clarification regarding address to obtain the Roadmap series of Internet instructions: When soliciting the information type the address all in capitals: LISTSERV@UAIVM.UA.EDU
The only words in the body of the message should read:
get map package f=mail.
Leave spaces between each word and do not type any other message. The Roadmap series is connected to an automatic computer system that is unable to read other messages. The Roadmap series and instructions for additional information will be returned to you via email"
10. Hard-hitting, well-written article on networking by The Independent Medical Transcriptionist authors Donna Avila-Weil and Mary Glaccum in which they praise on-line services and comment on Pat Forbis's Advance article: "It is unfortunate that Pat Forbis. . .compares the latest technomania to cabbage patch dolls and ham radios. . .why not the television and CD-ROM? I'm not sure in which web site she lurks but. . .her superfluous use of negatives appears to be a desperate attempt to kill the spirit and creativity of professional IMTs. . ." They further comment that Forbis uses "more derogatory terms in her article than either of us has ever seen on-line." They conclude that the Internet allows us to "come together on common ground" and that Forbis chooses to inflate the negative rather than see the "wealth of resources" available on-line.
11. Judith Marshall writes an article on whether MT students are trained
well enough to be hired.
12. Instructional handouts by Marcy Diehl.
13. Richard Lederer on "Spoonerisms" which are slips of the tongue.
14. Immune compromise article by Dr. Dirckx.
15. Terminology update.
16. Judith Marshall shares her dental woes.
Perspectives is available through Health Professions Institute.
The article reports that there is a constant demand for transcription, and there are 100,000 MTs nationally. It recommends 1-2 years of study and warns about the slow start and the advantage of experience. Cynthia Lewis (CYNROSES@aol.com) was interviewed as a new MT who earned $35,000 in her first year after a home-study course. She lists the equipment needed, including a fast computer and a transcriber. Reference is made to a book by Rick Benzel: Health Service Businesses on Your Home-Based PC (McGraw-Hill, $15) as a resource on MT, and MT Monthly is also cited. (800-951-5559). After a description of the other jobs (but much less work available than for MTs), the online services and other resources are listed.