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#1 bride

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 02:34 PM

Do you use ExText?
Do you like it?
Does their ESP have standard shortcuts or do the shortcuts need to be manually entered?
Does it have a medical and drug spell checker?
I would love to learn about this system. I dont even know who the manufacturer is.
I am not having much luck finding info about this on google either.
Does anybodyknow if ExText has a website?

Any advice with this software will be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 05 August 2005 - 06:17 PM

Do you use ExText?
Do you like it?
Does their ESP have standard shortcuts or do the shortcuts need to be manually entered?
Does it have a medical and drug spell checker?
I would love to learn about this system. I dont even know who the manufacturer is.
I am not having much luck finding info about this on google either.
Does anybodyknow if ExText has a website?

Any advice with this software will be greatly appreciated.



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Dictaphone is the manufacturer. here is the result of the google:
http://www.google.co.....aphone extext

I think the issues of standard shortcuts and medical and drug spell checkers will vary from site to site. My particular site has the QL drug book and Stedman's spellchecker. We have to enter our own shortcuts. I am able to use my expander (Shorthand) with ExText. I also use ExText's ESPs for some things, as well as normals that come from the client I transcribe for. I do like the program, although I realize the implementation will probably vary from hospital to hospital. Really, it's only as good as the guy who designed your templates. Actually, I would welcome more specific information from people who work for other hospitals (I am in Canada) to see just how differet institutions use the program.....

this is just a quick answer. I agree that it is very hard to find good, specific information about the program -- I searched for months when I heard we were moving to it and found NOTHING! I would be very happy to assist anyone that I can, but really I have been stumbling in the dark for the last few months myself....

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Posted 05 August 2005 - 07:37 PM

Well Thank you so much Carol.

You gave me a lot to start with. I like that I can use SH with ExText. Now I need to find out if SH is compatible with the hospital's VPN and EMRs.

I looked into the "normals" thing. Now that I know what that means, I think it is pretty cool that the docs can add to this system-wide program and other transcriptionist can add to the list also, and from what I have read, normals are used with a control command, so there is no fear of someone else's normal popping up on the screen when I type shortcut.

I dont know if I have this correct but it sounds like:

Operating System..........Windows 2000 (Microsoft)
Word processor..............ExText(Dictaphone)
Document template.........Word Client (Dictaphone)
Expander.......................ESP (Dictaphone)

It sounds a lot like using Auto-correct and macros. I hope someday they will add more "productivity" options to ESP. Like drop downs.

Well, I'm going to swing over to the dictaphone site. :monkee:

Thank you. I am no longer close to an anxiety attack (for now anyways).

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 09:01 PM

I have used ExText for about two years and really like it. I had used Shortland before and the only thing I miss with ESP are the productivity statistics. I would also like to know how many expansions I have entered but I can't figure any way to determine that. :huh

I agree that the system is only as good as what has been entered into it as far as templates, normals, etc., but I find it very quick going from one job to the next (I have a cable modem). :S_bravo:

I found the training we received by Dictaphone personnel to be pretty good and so was the manual. We have had a few instances of significant down time due to problems with the system, but Dictaphone sent personnel to help us and the problems were resolved fairly quickly, although we did lose one entire day once and that was certainly distressing!! :mad

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 07:57 PM

Hi Ellen,

it sounds like you are working outside of your home.
i'm working from home, the company i work for had me bring my
computer to them last week and they installed dictaphone.
i didn't know there was a manual. I am going to see if i can get a
copy of one through work or dictaphone.

is there anything in the manual about printing your ESP? that
might be helpful in finding out how many expansions you
have entered. maybe you could view the "print view"
so you wouldn't have to print it
out if you didn't want to.

jen

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Posted 22 August 2005 - 04:35 PM

is there anything in the manual about printing your ESP? that
might be helpful in finding out how many expansions you
have entered. maybe you could view the "print view"
so  you wouldn't have to print it
out if you didn't want to.


Jen -- In my manual, it says:

1. Press the Ctrl key twice in rapid succession. The ESP Control Panel will appear.
2. Press Alt+O for options

The last item on the Options list is Print. If you select that you will get dialog boxes in which to select the printer and the properties and paper settings. Unfortunately their screen shots are hard to read, and the printer selection screen is partially covered by the options screen, so I don't know if you can do "print to file" which creates a document on your hard drive (I'm not in the program at the moment, and I would have to log in and start a report to get into it in order to actually see the screens. I will try to remember to have a boo tomorrow while I'm working.)

hope this is helpful
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Posted 27 August 2005 - 07:43 PM

Hi Carol,

I'll check that out tomorrow when I log on. :S_quiverlip:

I've been on vacation since Wednesday night. :)

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 04:15 PM

Jen,
Actually, I do work from home. When we got the EXT system two years ago we were trained at the main office of our clinic, but we all work from home. We each received a manual that is about half an inch thick. It does contain some useful information, so I would suggest that you try to obtain one if you can.

Actually, I think I can print off my ESP but until recently I could only print to the main office about 25 miles away and not to my local printer. I haven't tried it recently, but I don't think it gives me the option of selecting a printer.

If you have any further questions about the system, feel free to contact me.

Ellen S.

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 03:44 PM

Hi Ellen,

My work gave me a copy of the manual in a binder, but it's
not the whole manual, just selected pages.
I'm going to look into getting a manual, maybe i can
request one from EXText.

Thank you in advance for your advice :pepsi

If i have any questions i will be sure to post them.

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 05:30 PM

Actually, I work at home. We had to come in to the office for training by Dictaphone personnel. The trainer gave us each a copy of the manual, so that was helpful. I need to drag it out again to see if there is anything else helpful in it since I have been using it for a while.

It's going on three years now and I still really like the system.

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