How the introduction of medical scribes has influenced providers: 4 users weigh in

One possibility to fix physician burnout has been the introduction of scribes. Various physicians are utilizing scribes for documentation, which allows them to spend more time with patients.

Below, four providers answer a question on the affects of scribes.

Question: How has the addition of a scribe helped and hindered your ability to practice medicine?

Editor's note: Responses have been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Holly Murray, NP, internal medicine
It has helped my ability to practice medicine accurately as notes are taken in timely manner. Scribes enable patients to recieve medications faster and testing scheduled faster.

Glen Volyn, MD, family medicine physician
It has not hindered; rather, having a scribe has helped with documentation so that more time can be spent talking with the patient.

George Bell, MD, internal medicine physician
The use of scribes has enabled me to spend more time with my patients on "doctor" stuff, such as physical exam and decision making.

Wesley Carrion, MD, orthopedics
The addition of scribes has helped my ability to practice medicine, as I am able to support my level of care with thorough documentation. Prior to having a scribe, documentation was not done, and if it was, then it was subpar. I can’t function without the sterling support of ScribeAmerica and its dedicated scribes.

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