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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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Embracing Captioning - The Who and The How
Both subtitling and captioning transform audio into text so you can see words on a screen to better understand what you are watching and to increase accessibility of the information being presented. Subtitling is done in post-production (offline) mode, while captioning can be done in real-time (live) or post-production (offline) mode. We talked about some of the d ...

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Hearing by Seeing
Often used interchangeably to describe text that appears on audiovisual materials, subtitling and captioning have some key distinctions from each other. And the difference becomes even more critical for businesses wanting to comply with recent regulations designed to improve access of audio and audiovisual materials to those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. So wha ...

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Telemedicine and Real-Time Transcription
Technology enables us to deliver medical services in new ways and to remote areas. It also allows us the opportunity to engage with patients in a different way – the world of telemedicine (also referred to as telehealth). As a health care practitioner managing and delivering aspects of patient care through information technology systems and tools, shouldn' ...

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Transcription, Translation, and Health Care
Today there is a lot of talk about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. No matter what changes it brings, and whether or not you like the changes, some tools are timeless resources for those delivering health care services. Transcription and translation have been two valuable tools consistently used in the health care industry for effective c ...

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5 Strategies for Creating a “Noise - Free” Transcript
Paper doesn’t make a sound – unless it is being shuffled, rustled, filed, or stacked during a meeting or dictation that is being recorded. “Noise” can come across in a variety of ways on an audio file, and minimizing that noise helps make both a more effective audio recording and a “noise-free” transcript. Implement the five strategies below to keep th ...

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3 Steps to Starting Your Conference Call Transcript Right
Preparing and planning ahead for a conference call is just as important as what happens on the call itself. And the same can be true for the transcription process of a conference call. As a client, taking the time to plan ahead for terminology, names, and formatting can save costs and increase the overall efficiency of the process, as well as result in a more p ...

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7 Speaking Tips to Improve Your Transcript
In face-to-face conversation we use facial expressions, gestures, and body language to provide context and make our points. In an audio file for transcription, our voices say it all. Poor vocal quality in an audio file can negatively impact a project timeline and cost. Good vocal quality in an audio file has positive impact and value. The way we use our voice – ...

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Machines versus People: Can Voice Recognition Software and Transcriptionists Co-exist?
Voice recognition software has steadily improved over the last few years. It can be a great tool for single voice dictation, a convenience for those who want to have their hands free to multitask, and a lifeline for those unable to type or who have decreased mobility. Yet, even the best systems don’t replace the need for human beings. Training the software t ...

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