This HND piece examines the new phenomenon—and explosive growth—of the medical scribe industry. While scribes have existed for some time, it took the forced introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) to cause this industry to skyrocket.
Not only do doctors hate EHRs, but their use drives productivity and revenues down by as much as 30%. Scribes shadow the docs and fill out the EHRs, during patient exams. As Michael Murphy MD (CEO of Scribe America) explains, the docs have a choice of seeing fewer patients and spending even more time on paperwork/data entry; making futile attempts to do contemporaneous EHR entry themselves during patient time (which patients hate); or working even more hour, playing catch-up with the EHRs.
Clearly, medical scribes are the antidote to the hated EHRs. Read the complete article.