Category Archives: EMR/EHR

Paid Work That Impresses Medical Schools

The requirements for premed students are constantly stacking higher and higher Between prerequisite coursework, extracurricular activities, the MCAT, CASPer, and more, it can be incredibly difficult for premeds to find time for all of their obligations. This becomes especially difficult when students have to work to generate income for themselves or their families. A medical scribe works alongside physicians and assists in the documentation of patient visits. Scribing can allow a premed student to get close doctor interaction while gaining skills in medical documentation, terminology, and treatment plans. Scribes also may get some direct patient interaction. Though this position requires specific training, there […]

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New Study: The Future of Medical Scribes Documenting in the Electronic Health Record

The authors of a recent study by BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making “state that no other shadowing opportunity allows pre-medical students to be as immersed in medicine as scribing. Furthermore, the study also stated, “We also saw internal pressures to the system. The most notable of these could be the increased use of alternative models of scribing. This could entail the increased employment of non-medical school-bound individuals or MAs/LPNs/RNs, which would decrease the need for the popular pre-professional scribing model.” In conclusion, Many experts thought that if the scribe role could be expanded to allow scribes to document more […]

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Medical Scribes May be More Financially Viable Under Capitated Payment in the Primary Care Setting

Team documentation (i.e., the use of medical scribes) has the potential to improve primary care clinician satisfaction and efficiency, yet little has been known about the financial and time use implications. A new study finds that, compared to fee-for-service payment, capitation-based systems may require less external financing to support team documentation. The study used a microsimulation model of practice costs, revenues, and time use data from 643 primary care practices. Researchers estimated critical threshold values for time saved from routine visits that would need to be redirected to new visits to avoid net revenue losses, comparing documentation conducted by medical scribes to advanced team-based […]

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10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe

U.S. News recently published an article entitled, 10 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Medical Scribe Ahead of Med School.  If you’re considering a career in medicine, working as a medical scribe is a best bet for familiarizing yourself with patient care. A scribe works directly with physicians, primarily focused on charting patient encounters in the electronic medical record. What’s more, scribe positions can be full or part time, making it a viable job choice for a student. If this sounds appealing, consider the following 10 reasons why prospective medical school students should consider becoming a medical scribe. 1. You will shadow physicians. 2. […]

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Physicians Who Have Medical Scribes are More Satisfied and Spend More Time with Patients

Physicians who work with medical scribes are much more satisfied with their clinic hours, the length of face to-face time they spend with patients, and the time they spend charting, according to the first randomized clinical trial of scribes, recently published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine. “Spending less time on documentation frees up the physician to pursue direct clinical care and care coordination, thus enhancing joy of practice and preventing burnout,” wrote professor and family medicine researcher Steven Lin, MD, and colleagues at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Stanford, CA. “These findings suggest that scribes may have […]

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One Hour with Patients Equals Two Hours with EHR and Deskwork – Medical Scribes

A recent study by the American Medical Association (AMA), reveals what many physicians are feeling – data entry and administrative tasks are cutting into the doctor-patient time that is central to medicine and a primary reason many physicians became doctors.  Medical scribes can help! The AMA study shows that for every hour of direct clinical face time with patients, physicians spend nearly two hours of additional time on EHR and deskwork within the office day. Outside of office hours, physicians spend another one to two hours of personal time each night on data entry demands. This administrative burden is driving […]

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Debunking the Scribe Myth

An article posted by Linda Sullivan of New England Medical Transcription (NEMT) discusses a presentation at this year’s HIMSS conference regarding scribes. In her article, Ms. Sullivan describes some of the discussion in Rise of the Medical Scribe Industry – Risk to EHR Advancement presented by George Gellert, MD, MPH, MPA, and S. Luke Webster, MD of Christus Health. She states, “The speakers expressed concern that unlicensed individuals are entering patient information including CPOE into the EHR. And at times being put in the position of having to make decisions for which they are not trained.” What a scribe does […]

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Calling All Transcriptionists: The World Needs You!

Change can breed confusion. And with the explosion of information and data that is occurring in the “technology revolution” and the growth of social media, every industry has developed its share of confusion, legends and myths. With all the changes happening in the healthcare industry, especially around EMR and healthcare documentation, misinformation and misconception can occur just as easily, which leads to common misunderstandings about the different career opportunities that exist today. In a recent article for Dummies.com titled Ten Myths About Medical Transcription, Anne Martinez writes about some of the notions that have grown around the Medical Transcription profession. […]

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Patient Care Team Infographic- The Patient Story in EMR

In addition to the doctor, other healthcare professionals contribute to the Patient Story in EMR, and everyone involved must take into consideration the unique nature of each individual patient profile as well as confidentiality requirements. As much as EMR programs provide access to data and add an element of speed, they add a layer of complexity in that there needs to be a human responsible for verifying accuracy, continuity and confidentiality in the EMR. Additionally, as in other industries, the sheer amount of data being made available can be daunting. Medical Scribe, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Assistant, Medical Biller and Medical […]

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Technology, Data Security, and the Wall of Shame

A Surprising Statistic A recent blog article on the Modern Healthcare web site states that 12.1% of the U.S. population has had their protected health information (PHI) compromised in data breaches. That amounts to approximately 1 in 8 Americans that have been affected. With assurances of doctor-patient confidentiality, notice of HIPAA practices at the doctor’s office, and the need to sign a release form to get one’s own medical records, this is a staggering number, and it’s a tough pill to swallow. More clinicians are using portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and even Google Glass in an effort to […]

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