Medical Scribes 101, and a bit beyond...

Having a medical scribe is a ever growing, popular way to help clinicians work harder and smarter without getting burnt out.

A recent AmericanEHR study showed that 40% of physicians would not recommend their EHR to a colleague, and that dissatisfaction is growing over time. This study also showed that on average providers lost 78 minutes per day or a total of 6.5 hours per week. That’s almost a full day every week needed to deal with electronic charting.

In a separate study Medscape published that two of the top three reasons for physician burn out were ‘Increasing computerization of practice’, and ‘Spending too many hours at work’.

Come to find out, having a medical scribe tag along can significantly help providers and the practice they work in.

Let's take the time to learn a bit about medical scribes. Below you'll learn what they are, what they do, as well as advantages and drawbacks. Should you hire a scribe to work at your practice with your provider(s)? Are alternatives available that provide all the advantages and minimize the minuses?

What's a medical scribe?

So, just in case you're reading this and not too familiar with what a medical scribe is and the role they fill in a practice, see below. If you are familiar, go head and skip down to the next section.