A new article in The Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA) describes the risks of allowing scribes to perform computer prescription order entry (CPOE) as well as the inadvertent changes in market forces created by the scribe industry. Read the full article here:
October 11, 2014 - 7:40 AM
A new article in the Star Tribune our of Minneapolis, reported on the increasing dissatisfaction of physicians with data entry and the increasing enthusiasm for use of medical scribes. In it, Dr. Alan Bank descries why he decided to hire a medical scribe: '“I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t enjoying my work, I felt like a data entry clerk.”'
Dr. Bank, a Minneapolis cardiologist, conducted an experiment with and without a medical scribe in an attempt to quantify the benefits. When comparing two 65 hour work weeks--one with a scribe, one without--he saw nearly a third more patients and increased clinic revenue by 206,000 when using the scribe. Read the full article to learn more about his experience working with a medical scribe.
In Praise of Medical Scribes
An old-fashion remedy for the ills of electronic record-keeping.
By ALAN J. BANK
April 6, 2014 5:52 p.m. ET
In a new article published in the Wall Street Journal, Alan J. Bank, medical director of research at United Heart and Vascular Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota, describes a solution for rising physician dissatisfaction: "the use of medical scribes." Since he began using a scribe in 2012, nine of his colleagues have also started using scribes to increase their patient volumes and leave clinic on time.
To read more about Dr. Bank's experience with medical scribes you can read the full article on the Wall Street Journal webpage: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304418404579469371577995400. To read more about Dr. Bank's 2013 prospective study on the use of scribes, you can download the full article here.
Electronic health records (nearly synonymous with electronic medical records or EMRs) have increased the documentation burden of physicians.To reduce the inefficiency associated with implementation of a new electronic health record system (like Epic, Cerner, etc.), one group notes that more doctors are asking for scribe so that the physicians can continue practicing medicine like they did with paper charts while having "someone else document in the system." Read the full article here.
The Benefits of Using Medical Scribes: Physicians can spend more time with patients, charting accuracy is increased
The Benefits of Using Medical Scribes
Physicians can spend more time with patients; charting accuracy is increased
G. Klaud Miller, MD
Klaud Miller, orthopedic surgeon, posted a new editorial on the the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He listed several reasons why a scribe can be of benefit to the clinician. First and foremost, they allow the physician to "concentrate entirely on the patient." He goes on to describe the benefits of scribes as "chaperones" in the case of a lawsuit, in improving accuracy of the medical note, and helping him leave clinic earlier each day. In his closing remark, he alludes to the notion that scribes add extra costs to the medical system. "Although using a scribe may sound like a luxury to some, I have found that scribes more than pay for themselves in numerous ways, and I would never practice without one."
To read the full article, http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/jun12/managing5.asp
Scribes let doctors focus on patients, not computers
By Suzanne Hoholik
The Columbus Dispatch
Saturday February 12, 2011
Scribes are becoming more common throughout the country. Two emergency departments in Columbus, Ohio started using scribes in April 2011 and have positive reviews so far:
"I'm able to go in and have good eye contact, be empathetic and not have to type"
Read the full article at The Columbus Dispatch
Scribe America has started a new scribe program across the country at the Tri-City Emergency Room in San Diego, CA. You can read a full article about it at The Union Tribune.