A recent study indicated that physicians and nurse practitioners that work in the ED experience a 70% burn out rate. For anyone with any emergency treatment experience, this is hardly a surprise. The demanding workload of the ED, and the fact that lives may be dependent on the effectiveness of the medical treatment there ensures that any position in the ED is going to generate high amounts of stress.
However, where this becomes even more problematic is in the new nature of data intensive record requirements. All American medical facilities must comply with the filling out of an Electronic Health Record or EHR for patients. This is important for both the continued currency of a patient’s medical history, as well as the data and archives of the hospital administration, and the all important details that insurance companies need to in order to submit payments for treatment.
This in and of itself doesn’t pose a problem. However, it means that three very different but necessary requirements fall under the jurisdiction of one document, and that document is the sole responsibility of the treating physician. This means that medical staff are now expected to be experts in medicine as well as competent data entry processors and record keepers.
Obviously when a life is at stake, something has to give, and so the EHR is often the first casualty of things to neglect in an emergency situation. But it doesn’t have to be this way when a ProScribe professionally trained medical scribe is used. Because the scribe specializes in medical data entry, an ED can make full use of the staff for all situations without losing out on vital information that benefits the entire facility. A medical scribe is a potent combination of increased efficiency and productivity for a hospital or clinic that improves both working conditions and data accuracy.