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Recording Options for Medical and Legal Clients: Digital Recorders vs. Dial-in Dictation

There are a number of dictation options available to medical and legal industries in the modern transcription world. The most frequently used systems tend to be hand-held digital voice recorders and phone-based dial-in dictation systems, and each of these platforms has benefits for medical and legal professionals.

Digital recorders
Digital recorders essentially represent a technological advancement on the traditional dictation tape. Rather than requiring a physical tape recorder, digital recorders allow medical and legal professionals to dictate into a physically and technologically streamlined device with a large memory hold capacity.


The benefit of digital recorders is that dictation files can be quickly and easily transferred onto your PC or Mac, for you to keep on record or electronically transferred to a transcription platform. Digital recorders eliminate the hassle of posting or couriering tapes and CDs, because the files are easily manipulable in an electronic context. Additionally, Pacific Transcription provides options for the automation of sending audio from digital recorders.  For information on the best digital voice recorders for your needs, visit Pacific’s online shop.

Dial-in dictation
Dial-in dictation is a hassle-free and time efficient alternative to dictating with a digital recorder. The platform allows legal and medical professionals to dictate using any phone, from anywhere in Australia. This means that you don’t need to be near a computer, or have your digital recorder on you, in order to dictate that important letter or report.  Dial-in dictation also includes features to designate urgent files and review the audio that you have dictated.

Pacific Transcription partners with Winscribe to provide our medical and legal clients with a dial-in dictation platform. Winscribe is a robust program that is deployed in many hospitals throughout Australia, which means that many of our medical clients are familiar with the process.


WinScribe App for SmartPhones  – making dictation even easier!

WinScribe has recently released a dictation app for SmartPhones, which is compatible with Pacific Transcription’s transcription services. With the WinScribe Professional Mobile Dictation App Licence, you can dictate using your iPhone, Blackberry or Android SmartPhone, and your dictations will automatically be sent through to Pacific Transcription, without having to connect to a computer or make a call. It also allows you to add a dictation title or notes to each file when you send it through, and to easily mark a job as priority.

More information?
If you would like more information on Pacific Transcription’s medical and legal dictation options, please feel free to contact us at Pacific Transcription.


Posted by Catherine Byrne

About Catherine Byrne

Catherine's work with Pacific Transcription spans many areas, including writing and design, business development, training, and of course, keeping abreast of emerging trends and new products which enhance transcription and dictation experiences for clients.
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  1.' Bharatharaj says
    24 Apr at 1:34 pm

    Hi Catherine,

    Good Morning!

    I am a medical transcriptionist from India and have been in the industry for 15 years now and still learning a lot and love new challenges. I was wondering if you had any vacancy where I could showcase my talents and skills and do you have any issues outsourcing to India.

    Anxiously waiting for your response.

    Thank you and wish you a wonderful rest of the day

    • Catherine Byrne says
      24 Apr at 2:18 pm

      Hi Bharatharaj, Thank you for your query. Pacific has typing contractors located across the globe – we don’t discriminate by location. Your question does however raise an interesting point on the languages we transcribe. As Pacific’s clientele are English speakers, it is important that our typing contractors are also proficient in English. Please peruse the Careers section of our website for further details on this, including the obligation of contractors in ensuring that contracting to Pacific does not contravene legislation of the country in which they reside. One more thing, Pacific is currently recruiting experienced typists, so please consider filling in the online application, which can be found in the Careers section of the website. Good luck.

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