Think you are dealing with an American Transcription Company – Think again

One of my pet peeves is the sending of our valuable information, not to mention work – over seas.  I have spoken about it, blogged about it and posted about it.

I don’t want any of my information sent outside of the US, but especially my medical information – it has everything from my social history to my family history to my identifying information.  I have urged everyone to check with their doctors to see if they are aware of their dictations being sent off shore, and have even stated that many hospitals and doctors do not know that the work is being sent off shore.  They send it to a large company here and then they send it off shore without ever disclosing it.  many even touting USA only.

I got the following email.  I get them often but this one just got under my skin.  Read it carefully.  See what actually happens here in the US and what is sent off shore.  This to me is scary.  Our personal information, our jobs, and for some the reason to continue their education.  Why?  Because they do not wish to travel to China, India or the Phillipines to work.

 

Here is the body of the email.  Nothing has been altered.  I have however removed the contact info but if you really want to buy it – you can Google and find it.  I am not interested.  CLK TRANSCRIPTION DOES NOT OFF SHORE ANYTHING EVER!

 

Highly Profitable Mid-Atlantic Medical Transcription Business

Opportunity Executive Summary: Highly Profitable and efficiently run MTSO started in 1991, serving small to medium size hospitals, clinics, and practices. In 1998 owner went to the Philippines and set up, what is now, the longest running Philippine MT operation to do all the MTSO’s work. At an all-in cost of 6.7 CPL, this operation handles virtually everything to do with the MTSO. The US operation consists of the owner, his wife and a part time employee. The entire US operation requires approximately 15-20 hrs of work per week, answering calls from new clients etc. Most everything to do with day to day operations takes place in the Philippines. The owners desire to retire creates a truly outstanding opportunity to own one of most profitably run MTSOs we’ve seen.

2010 Financial Highlights:

Revenue: $636,613

COGS:       $313,731(49%)

SDE: $262,596 (41%)

2011 Projected Revenue $700,000.

Customers: Owner has cultivated strong, enduring relationships with an excellent client base of hospitals, clinics and physician practices throughout the US. Customers pay an average of 12.2 CPL.

  % of 2010  Revenue Year Became Client
Heart Hosp 27% 2005  
Ortho Clinic 12% 2001  
Medical Group 11% 2005  
University Hosp 6% 2000  
Oncology and Hemo Clinic 6% 2007  
Hospital 4% 2008  
Physician Practice 4% 2008  
Physician Practice 2% 2007  
Pulmonary Clinic 2% 1999  
Neurodiagnostic Clinic 2% 2006  
Other 23%  

Philippine Transcription Operation: Owner has exclusive long term contract with the oldest and most respected MT operation in the Philippines. The owner contracts with the Philippine operation at an all-in cost that averages 6.7 cents per line (6.5CPL for regular, 8.5CPL for regular STATS.) Owner speaks very highly of the Philippine operation, which he founded, has worked with for over twenty years and believes is the key to this highly profitable and well run operation. Owner indicates that buyer could have a new contract with Philippine operation or, after the owner is paid off, choose to direct the work to MTs of the buyer’s choice.


State Side Operation:
Owner, Spouse and one part time employee, working a combined 15-20 hours per week. Owner believes the part time employee would be willing to increase her hours and could handle the state side operation for a new experienced MTSO operator.

Technology: MTSO on its own platform, which is in the process of being updated to a Web based version. Owner has bid to complete upgrade by March for $45,000. Buyer may elect to complete upgrade or migrate customers to buyer’s platform.

Further Information: To receive further information on this opportunity, please submit the attached confidentiality agreement to _____________

If we already have your CA on file, please email indicating your interest.

Tim Kruse
Kruse Acquisitions, LLC

 

 

Do you know your FaceBook connections? Really?

Since many of us use Facebook as a true social media networking device, for professional and personal business, I tend to allow friend requests when I notice that many of my other connections have the same “friend”.

 

I was not always this way.  I use to research the connections, see if there was some kind of mutual interest, potential business opportunity, now or  in the future, or information I could share with other connections.  I laid off my pickiness in acceptance.  I mean so often we read blogs about using networking sites as a way to connect with everyone.  Everyone has a potential value for your business, etc.

 

Apparently this is not unnoticed by the bad guys, spammers, scammers, and even those lonely hearts.

 

Recently I was asked to be a friend by a male who upon checking out his profile I noticed he had 33 shared friends.  All 33 were business connections.  I readily accepted and then went back to check out his profile further.  In my business, many of my referrals come through social media outlets, so I wanted to get a gander at what he was working on and see if there was anything I could offer, anything I could share, comment on, etc.

 

Well, after noticing that he did not have a complete profile posted, no job, no activities, no publications, no nothing I knew something was wrong.  I sent him a message and asked him what he does.  I asked him how he knew me and /or my connections.  Was he a writer, journalist, publisher, transcriptionist, student, parent of a disabled/special needs child, parent, green enthusiast – anything that would be of interest to me?

 

I realized that he had connected to one person and then went down the list of that person’s connections to connect with others, and others readily connected thinking the same thought I had – he knows so-and-so, it is okay.

 

I credit my suspiciousness to another connection who let all of her connections know about another scammer who wanted to sell diamonds to a friend of hers, constant chat requests, and then pow – the scam begins.  This guy, after responding to my request for more information, said that I was suggested by Facebook and that he was a lonely heart.  (I bet).  Of course I was suggested.  He already had 33 of my friends, and was now up to 36 after an hour of connecting.

 

I disconnected our friendship, posted a status update to alert others.

 

I know my connections.  If not personally or professionally, I know my connections know them.  I know their profile and what they do and what they are into, and before I connected with them, I checked past status updates to be certain they have commonalities with me.  I refrained from this “knowing step” on this individual and it could have been disastrous for any one of my connections, or me.  At the very least, it would have been an inconvenience I nor my connections needed.

From now on, I will go back to my usual steps in evaluating my connections and friend requests and be a bit more cautious and not just assume that because they are connected to a “friend” that we are a good social media network match.

 

Some people may feel as if having tons of connections is networking and valuable.  I feel like having connections that have something significant to offer, to share, and who possibly even want to share my information is priceless.

 

 

https://www.clktranscription.com

Thinking about transcribing your own audio/video? Why not let us handle that for you and save you time and money?

When journalists, authors, doctors, etcetera, begin to think about having their audio/video transcribed, the first thought is probably cost. Many attempt to do the work themselves, or hire in-house staff to do the transcription.

When hiring an in-house staff, you have to consider hourly pay, benefits, and keeping that person busy with “busy work” when no transcription work is available for them to handle. They have to consider days off, sick time, vacation…not just the cost, but who handles the work when their “transcriptionist” is not around?

If you are handling the transcription task yourself, I have to ask you – how much is your time worth? How long does it take you to transcribe the audio? What does it breakdown to in terms of hourly wage? Are there other things you would rather be doing? Interviewing another person? Organizing the data for your article/book? Managing other tasks? Taking time out to do personal chores?

For those who hold weekly, monthly or annual meetings or conferences – having those events recorded and then transcribed allows you to share this information with more than those who have been able to attend the function personally. Sure you can share the video, but what happens when other’s busy schedule precludes them from sitting and watching a video?

Having the transcript allows them the freedom to move around and tackle their day, and you the knowledge that they have a true concept of what occurred and something they, and yourself, can refer back to when necessary. How many times have you wished you could replay a meeting for what was said?

For the educator, or those seeking higher levels of education – your class audio can be transcribed for sharing as well. Those interviews and other audio developed for your paper can be transcribed for reference.

CLK Transcription offers a discount for educators and students alike. We feel education is THE most important thing a person can have, and love the opportunity to help you reach your goals. We have been proud to handle transcripts for professors or students of UCLA, Bloomsburg University, Wilkes Barre University, King’s College, Illinois State University, Minnesota State University, Wisconsin State University, Harvard University, and others.

Having a transcription service handle your audio/video projects allows the freedom to do what it is you must do to meet your TAT. Freedom to continue your other work to bring the project together. Freedom to share information in a manner that fits everyone’s schedule. Freedom to develop the best end-result you possibly can, without the stress, time or money you may have been spending in the past.

A transcription service can be the cost-effective and cost-efficient tool that you are looking for to allow you more time to get your project done, to share important information, or just to get your personal chores tended to.

When using CLK Transcription Service, you only pay for the audio/video assigned. No sick time, no vacation time, and certainly no overtime or benefits. We have individuals who have special skills to research terms and information, skilled in listening and hearing the most difficult audio and transforming it into a quality transcript.

CLK Transcription can handle multiple audio, in varying lengths, and can meet or surpass your expected TAT in most, if not all, cases. We have transcriptionists all across the United States and we never offshore, EVER. We also never use speech recognition. We feel the nuances of your audio deserve the extra care given by a human ear and human hands.

CLK Transcription has been recommended by the best journalists and by many of the Universities in the country, as well as large publishing companies and other professional corporations – from the medical research industry to the business and finance industry. We also have handled many motivational and teaching seminars by many of the world’s most well-known speakers and coaches. We have handled files as large as multi-day conferences and seminars to the few minute audio of a journalist, on a wide variety of topics. Yes, we even do voice mail transcription giving you the freedom to step away and know your important calls will never be missed again. We have clients all over the world, and have transcribed many, many ESL audio as well. We love what we do and take the time to do it right – for YOU!

Check out our recommendations today at http://www.linkedin.com/in/clktranscription and find out what CLK Transcription can do for you. Let us transcribe your next audio/video and show you what you have been missing. It may just be the time and money you have been looking for!

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CarolLee Kidd

President/Owner

CLK Transcription, Inc.