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What is a medical scribe?

Use of medical scribes to accompany physicians and enter data into the patient record is expanding beyond the emergency department to other areas of the hospital.  The scribes, who are present during exams, enter data into the electronic medical record while the physicians talk with, and examine, patients.  This has proved helpful in allowing physicians to improve productivity rates that had decreased when they were required to do all of their own data entry.

Sources:

Meyer, H.  More docs get EHR help: medical scribes move beyond the emergency room.  Modern Healthcare;43(34):40-41, 43, Aug. 26, 2013.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20130824/MAGAZINE/308249958 

Meyer, H.  The Doctor (and his scribe) will see you now.  H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks, Dec. 2010.  Click here for text: http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/jsp/articledisplay.jsp?dcrpath=HHNMAG/Article/data/12DEC2010/1210HHN_FEA_staffingissues&domain=HHNMAG 

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2003, rc@aha.org

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