Ethical Challenges in Healthcare

With the implementation of digital record keeping in the healthcare industry there is an increased need for assistance to accurately input all of the required data quickly, accurately, and efficiently.

Practices are hiring medical scribes to assist with this heavy load of data entry so that the physicians are awarded more time with their patients as well as increasing the number of patients that can be seen per hour.

Medical scribes are becoming an essential element within the healthcare system, and they are becoming the physician’s go to in order to ensure an efficient practice and improved patient care.

Medical scribes follow a code of ethics very similar to that of other people in the field. They should show professionalism, dedication, and commitment to their jobs. But then we come to the question of the privacy of the patients and the accuracy of the records when a medical scribe oversees entering the data, instead of the physician.

A medical scribes background and qualifications have not yet been standardized, and it is left up to the practice to determine the minimum requirements they want to see when hiring a scribe. Some may require additional certifications, education, or experience, while others don’t specify these things.

The biggest challenge of hiring a scribe is to make sure that they maintain and continue their training and stay up to date on the latest guidelines concerning the entry and use of a patient's personal information. A practice faces an ethical challenge when they fail to provide the standard guidelines and procedures for their office concerning their patients right to privacy.

Medical scribes can prove to be a great asset to any healthcare facility including private practices, emergency departments, and specialty clinics but it is important that patient information remains private and all documentation be authenticated by the physician.

At ProScribe MD we know the value of a scribe and the tangible results that can be seen. It is important that the patient’s quality of care does not suffer due to the implementation of new technology and procedures. Productivity is important to a practice as well as the speed of documentation and the urgency of charted results that are not being down coded due to lack of time and resources. It is time that the physician spends more time with the patient and less time on the computer while maintaining the quality and discreet service that the patient desires.