Transcription Foot Pedals

Written by Norene Anderson
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Transcription foot pedals have advanced in technology to keep pace with the changes in dictation equipment. Digital dictation methods are the latest and the foot pedals designed for use with digital systems give exceptional performance and variety. Many designs will play all types of .WAV formats, .MP3, and non-standard dictation formats.

One of the newest features on transcription foot pedals designed for digital use is the ability to send and receive digital transcription over the Internet. The feature allowing recordings with a playback speed that is adjustable for a 20-hour recording is great. Sound enhancement and the ability to search by index is also a great feature. Often, a physician will remember something late in the dictation that should be priority. All that is needed is for the transcriber to know the number of the dictation needing immediate attention and it is readily accessible.

Transcription Foot Pedals Are Improved

Some transcription foot pedals can be programmed to do a variety of actions from mouse clicks to keystrokes. Foot pedals that are ergonomically designed make the long hours of foot movement more tolerable and less tiring. Easy access from "Play" to "Fast Forward" or "Rewind" is vital. If the directions are too close, it is easy to hit one when you intend to hit the other.

Foot pedals for transcription use come in several connector types for the computer. A 9-pin PC serial cable and a USB foot pedal connection for .WAV files are available. There are also 15-pin connections for specific types of equipment and computers. Before purchasing any foot pedal or external dictation equipment, check for computer compatibility.


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