EMRs Create Need for More Medical Scribes

Rapid implementation of electronic medical records across the country has led to an increased need for medical scribes, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer news report.

Emergency medicine physicians who have already deployed an EMR find it difficult to find time to input data into the systems. Consequently, more physicians are hiring medical school students as scribes to input the data for them. Charging scribes to follow physicians and input data frees up the physicians to focus more on the patients than on documenting health information, which can influence patient satisfaction.

Healthcare providers in community hospitals or rural hospitals are more likely to employ medical scribes than academic medical centers, where medical students are more likely to be available for work, according to the news report. Additionally, emergency departments have shown the greatest demand for medical scribes.

Read the news report about medical scribes.

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