A Little Help Goes A Long, Long Way

Everyone is good at something, and with doctors and other health specialists, the one thing they excel at is ensuring the health and welfare of people. It’s one of the highest callings anyone can aspire to, and despite the long hours and setbacks, there’s no denying that people are being helped, and some good is being done.

The problem is, there’s a lot more to looking after people than just looking after them.

Despite the digital era that we now live in with smartphones, e-mail and electronic documentation, the fabled collapse of bureaucratic procedures and paperwork never happened. It just moved exclusively from the clipboard or desk to the electronic screen as well. Now, more than ever, in addition to dealing with people and their problems, there are procedures and documents that need to be followed and filled, records that need to be kept, information that needs to be entered into a database. Yes, it makes the finding of information faster when we need it, but it also means we’re collecting, collating and organizing more information than ever before.

Proscribe is one way to deal with this problem. Proscribe is, in the simplest possible form, a little bit of help. It is qualified personnel, called Scribes, that take up the responsibility of handling information, of filling forms, of getting information where it needs to go, so that medical practitioners can get back the actual practice of medicine for the person right before their eyes. No doctor wants to keep an eye on the screen, filling out data while a very real patient waits for an interlude in the data entry to receive treatment. There’s clearly a real need for this information to be taken and properly filed, but that doesn’t mean the doctor or nurse practitioner should be necessarily be the one to do it. Proscribe is simply about someone being there, doing the little things, so the medical staff doesn’t have to. It may only be a little help, compared to the responsibility of looking after someone’s health, but it’s a little bit of help in exactly the right place that make a big difference in the average day at a hospital or clinic.

Efficiency is not just about streamlining procedures with mechanical precision. It’s about sharing the load and letting people focus on doing what they’re best at. There’s no law that says a doctor or NP isn’t allowed to configure their own wireless network, or fix the plumbing when there’s a problem with the pipes, but if someone specializes in these tasks, why not let them do it. In the case of Proscribe, the staff excels at the collection and organization of information. Letting them help with these tasks just frees up more time to get back to the business of medicine, which is actually hearing out and treating patients. The paperwork might not ever go away, but with Proscribe, we can help to keep it out of the way.