When it comes to medical practice, especially a medical emergency, time isn’t just a way to measure out salaries or operating costs, it can be crucial in effective, successful treatment. But time is a commodity that medical practitioners are finding increasingly hard to save. Between the demands of actual treatment and the mountain of administrative work that accompanies it, doctors and nursing practitioners are wrestling as much with EMR systems are they are illnesses and injuries.
Scribes in the ED are one way to regain some of that precious time.
But what can a scribe do for you? How is having more people in the ED going to save time rather than waste it? The numbers don’t lie, numerous case studies have shown that medical scribes help doctors and NPs to cut time when they need to, and save time for when it counts. Here are just a few of the ways that it’s done.
Reduced Door To Provider Time
EDs with scribes mean that it is the scribe, not the doctor or NP, that is taking down information, entering data into the EMR, preparing documentation and coding diagnostic and/or treatment information. This cuts down the time required on each patient since the focus is now on treatment rather than data entry. That has a knock on effect on the entire chain of operation, reducing the wait times for those that come into the ED.
Multi-tasking helps to complete numerous tasks, but it rarely means those tasks are done well. With a scribe in the ED, medical practitioners can put more focus on the patient and not have to switch gears making sure proper notes are taken, or forms are filled. A professionally trained scribe is both fast and efficient when it comes to the numerous aspects of data collection and organization, meaning that the patient gets more attention, the practitioner can concentrate on the medical concern at hand, and the scribe ensures the important information is not just collected, but processed and filed in timely fashion for everyone to benefit.
Reduced Stress & Errors
Being able efficiently deal with patients and not have to accommodate the required documentation and records at the same time has significant impact on a medical practitioner’s stress levels, especially over the prolonged periods of time that ED work can demand. The ED is already stressful enough, but when accompanied by a concurrent need for administration this can lead to more stress, frustration and, unfortunately, errors. With a scribe working alongside the practitioner, the administrative errors virtually vanish, and the potential stress of having to wear many hats simply isn’t there. That’s not to say that the very natural stress of working in an ED situation disappears, but unnecessary stressors are no longer present.
Reduced EHR Processing
The scribe in the ED is there, with the practitioner, taking down data and real time and specifically handling the entry of information into the electronic health or medical records. They ensure this information is timely and accurate for the patient, for other practitioners and provide a critical foundation for the monitoring and follow up. This means that the practitioner no longer has to use up precious time during a consultation, or after a consultation—thus delaying the ability to handle a new patient—in ensuring all the important information is there for future reference. Everything has been taken care of by a scribe professionally trained and familiar with modern systems.
Proscribe has the trained Medical Scribe personnel to bring all these benefits to the ED. Visit our website to see how we can start helping your ED today.