Sometimes going cheap is good. Getting cheaper soap at the grocery store is good. Getting cheap concert tickets is great. But sometimes going cheap can cost you your business, your career…your livelihood.
I admit I am in a profession in which the workload is easily sent off shore to complete. I also admit that it can be done cheaper. I also know that doing so puts our medical, personal, and professional information at risk.
You get what you pay for.
I have stated before and will state again, that when our personal information is sent off shore, you are opening up the residents of the USA to identity theft, but you are also leaving the door wide open for other errors that can and do occur. Things like hypoglycemic transcribed as hyperglycemic, known malignant transcribed as non-malignant, so many more…
Read more here http://wp.me/pLEiA-55 on how medical information is shared when transcribed over seas. Is this where you want your information? Even your insurance carrier may off shore their Workman’s Comp and Disability Claim Files. Could that be why you have been denied benefits? Was there an error in the medical report due to a language barrier?
Another example is legal transcription. Allow me to share the following story:
I had a lawyer relay this to me to show the importance of commas that he found only AFTER a will reading. One little comma can change a settlement of a case dramatically.
A man dies. He leaves his estate to his three kids, which for the purpose of this example we will call Jack, Jill, and Jane.
His estate is worth a million dollars and it is to be divided in equal shares to Jack, Jill and Jane.
Now would you appreciate that inheritance? Or if you were Jane and Jill, would you rather that pesky little comma so that it reads:
His estate is worth a million dollars and it is to be divided in equal shares to Jack, Jill, and Jane.
Without the comma Jack gets half, while Jill and Jane share the other half. With the comma, they all get equal thirds. Do you think someone who has English as a second language would understand the importance of that comma? Jill and Jane sure found out the importance of the comma.
Imagine your comma missing in your important document!
For the journalist, ghost writer, and author.
You work hard to do your interviews, composites, and drafts. Would you want your story transcribed by someone who then sells your hard work to a high bidder, with no possible recourse? Confidentiality statements mean nothing when there are no ramifications for a breach. When you search for the lowest possible bid, you get the lowest possible certainty that your hard work is safe. Pay pennies…lose big bucks.
And yet another example:
Ever have your voice mail transcribed by an off shore vendor? If you have, maybe it ended up on the blogs found when Googling “Funniest Voice Mail Transcription Errors.”
Now let’s get into another fact of life:
Big corporate companies off shore their work: Manufacturers, tech developers, etcetera. Sure it is cheaper, and maybe you even see okay quality with some products. But have you thought about how we must share our trade secrets with the companies that we now send our work to, who then are under no legal ramifications if they share that information? If they take it and run with it, now putting your business in jeopardy of losing it all? What are you going to do? Fire them, set up in another country, and pray it doesn’t happen again? What about the money these businesses lose? How do they recoup? By increasing their costs. By going bankrupt? By a US Government bailout?
Keep US information, jobs, and resources where it belongs. In the USA. Our citizens are trained, they take pride in their work, and they need work – which builds our economy.
I do not dislike the other parts of this great world we live in. I am just very proud to say that I am an American. I live and work in the USA. I am a proud US owned and operated businesswoman.
Have your audio/video transcribed by a human, in the US, by US citizens, and be proud to say it was Made in America! We honor your confidentiality at all times. Do your research. There are many great US transcriptionists and transcription companies right here in your own backyard. It may cost you a few cents more, but you will save on quality and so much more. But do your research. Many large transcription companies off shore their workloads yet lead you to believe they do it all right here in the USA!
http://www.clktranscription.com – we never off shore your work. We never use voice recognition. We always respect your time and your confidentiality, and we give you the quality you demand. Find out why we come highly recommended.