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Time, Money, and Lives Blog

Why is My Computer so Slow?! An Introduction to the Task Manager

Have you ever wondered why your computer starts to get sluggish? Opening your email is slow, news articles take FOREVER to download, and nothing seems to be working right. Well, your computer has probably been up too long. Calling IT or support will tell you to restart it, but why? Like a person, if you leave a computer up for too long without restarting, it just exhausts itself. Too many activities and programs are running, and the computer cannot keep up. "But how did IT know my computer had been up for so long?" You wonder, "Where are they finding a list of these activities?" The answer is the Task Manager, and understanding how to use it can actually empower you to take control of your own troubleshooting!

Topics: Tips Technology Tips and Tricks Best Practices

Apply Your Communication Skills for Better Dictation Results

Back in December, Voicebrook employees from around the country came together for our annual company meeting. The theme was communication, and we were each challenged to think about how we can improve our communications with each other and with our clients. While researching the topic, I found that many tools for effective communication also apply to dictation. If you think about it, talking to a computer really doesn't differ much from talking to a person.

Topics: Client Services Speech Recognition Tips and Tricks

Dictating Old Cases in the New Year

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to get back to work dictating cases. You say, "Surgical, one zero," accession number S-18-00010 opens up, and it's business as usual.  Like many programs, VoiceOver adapts to the new year, so going forward with new cases won't require any additional steps. If, however, you want to open and dictate a case from 2017, you will need to issue a different command.

This brief blog explains how these commands work and what you need to say in order to open up the correct accession number for the correct year.

Topics: Voiceover Tips new year

Does Your Microphone Have a Windscreen? It Should

That little foam ball on your microphone is more important than you might think, especially if you are in a noisy environment like the gross room. The windscreen, as it's called, helps block out background sounds and protects your microphone from dirt and moisture.

Topics: Best Practices Tips and Tricks

CAP Announces Changes to Cancer Protocols and Electronic Checklists

The College of American Pathologists' Cancer Protocol Templates are considered the gold standard in cancer reporting. While previously paper based, the electronic cancer checklists (eCC) now allow for standardized, searchable cancer data to be accessed instantly anywhere in the world.

CAP is continuously improving its protocols, and it can be a challenge for Pathology departments to maintain their electronic versions and keep pace with the changes. On its website, the CAP offers resources and links to partners who can help accredited laboratories stay up to date with the latest versions of the checklists.

Topics: Best Practices Voiceover Cancer Checklists CAP