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    Is a scribe right for you?

    Medical scribes are currently being used in more than 1,000 hospitals and clinics, and the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 100,000 scribes working in the U.S.—a figure that represents one scribe for every nine physicians.

    A recent study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine revealed that medical scribes are responsible for significant improvements in overall physician satisfaction and charting efficiency. 


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    “When supported by scribes, physicians were more satisfied with their overall work day, more satisfied with the amount of time they spent face-to-face with patients, more satisfied with both the quality and accuracy of their notes and more satisfied with their workload in terms of clinical documentation,” says study lead Steven Lin, MD, medical director of Stanford Family Medicine.

    The study also found that these improvements are achieved without detracting from patient satisfaction.

    “We know that for patients, direct face time with their physicians is a key contributor to their satisfaction,” Lin says. “The results of the study revealed that scribes appear to be a promising strategy to improve physician efficiency and reduce burnout.”

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    Keith Loria
    Keith Loria is a contributing writer to Medical Economics.

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    • Anonymous
      Short reply. Rewind. NO EMR, NO excess expenses. No need for scribes. Just the patient and the doctor. Patient tells the doctor his story, doctor listens, examines, doctor gives healing advise , patient trusts the doctor. No need for fancy office space, no need for telemedicine. Doctors are patients too and we want what any patient wants when we are sick someone knowledgeable to cares and listens and available when needed. The same person who knows you every time you come in. No EMR scheduler and flow soft ware. I just covered the most fantastic office today. So efficient. Such nice caring staff, A caring and brilliant doctor the staff and patients love. Old fashion medicine. and well organized paper chart . What a blessing of efficiency and excellent medical care. I am afraid to go to the doctor with the fancy office and large support staff that does not know you, is stuck finding all you medical information but has an IT department and PR department. That doctor is stressed.

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