Choosing a Transcription Vendor: Start with the Project
Choosing a transcription vendor for your project is a lot like handcrafting a piece of fine furniture. Finding the right materials and resources, fitting the pieces together well, and finalizing the finishing techniques take time and work, yet the result is priceless – a durable and valuable masterpiece. The same can be true for a transcript document when the ...

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Vocal Rhythm: A Key to Success in Real-Time Transcription and Captioning
Great audio for transcription and closed captioning starts with organization and planning, continues with equipment and environment preparation, and then finishes off with a focus on good vocal quality. While a speaker’s vocal quality is important for all transcription and captioning projects, it becomes even more critical to successful real-time transcription a ...

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CMS Final Rule Recognizes Telehealth
As part of its effort to update Medicare regulations for facilities and providers, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a May 2014 Final Rule (CMS-3267-F) with an emphasis on reducing costs, decreasing excessive regulations, and improving service delivery. CMS recognizes in its ruling that telehealth is an important tool for the medical comm ...

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Captioning Roundup: FCC Compliance Dates and More
An accessibility issue for consumers and now a requirement for many businesses’ products and services, closed captioning has been highlighted in several TTE blog posts over the past few months as TTE has added captioning to its suite of services. In our “Hearing by Seeing” post we explored the distinctions of subtitling and captioning. Project ideas were inc ...

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Telehealth: A Popular Trend in Health Care
The transcript has been a standard medical documentation recordkeeping tool for centuries. Today that transcript may reflect a different kind of consultation or meeting. With advances in technology and the emergence of telehealth, health care practitioners and patients could be miles apart, yet still be interacting face-to-face. Telehealth is one of the top trends ...

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FCC Approves New Closed Captioning Rules
In February, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules for TV and video closed captioning, clarified existing rules, and sought additional comments regarding several closed captioning issues. The commission has published these guidelines to increase captioning quality and accessibility for those with hearing impairments in two do ...

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The Beauty of Language
For transcriptionists and translators, language is their job. For everyone, language is vital in communication – whether it is oral, written, or through sign language. Writing and typing engages you with language. Reading and listening immerses you in language: The flow of composition The artistry of spelling, grammar, and punctuation The landscape of id ...

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