The Reality of Overworked Doctors and Stressful Appointments

Most people probably wonder why they waited so long in the waiting room for an appointment that they set up weeks ago, and then cringe when they only spend a short amount of time with the doctor. You were rushed in and out so quick that your head spun and you might have forgotten to ask all those questions that had been swimming around in your head leading up to this appointment.

The Real Reason

With the Affordable Care Act, Americans were offered affordable health insurance so we could find the care we needed but did you ever consider what this would mean for doctors and patients and wait times? More and more Americans are now seeking medical care which means the doctors have seen a rapid increase in the number of patients they are required to see each day. Along with the added volume of patients, you also see a rise in patient charts and electronic data entry.

The doctors see the patients but then must set the time aside to interpret their notes and enter all the information into the system before seeing their next patient. The added patients and data entry have led to doctors not being able to set aside an appropriate amount of time for their patients to provide them with the high-quality care and assistance they deserve.

The doctors bounce back and forth between ten-minute appointments only to have to sit in front of a computer screen while trying to work in the extra patients for the remainder of the day. These factors cause the doctor to reach higher levels of stress with no downtime which leads to them becoming irritated, overtired, and overworked. These elements could potentially lead to a medical mistake or disaster.

The Remedy

At ProScribe MD we realize the importance of patient care and alert doctors. Medical Scribes are a good way to change the outlook, financial aspects, and patient care at your medical facility or clinic. A scribe allows more time for the doctor to see their patients while not having to worry about any office or clerical work or interpreting patient charts. When you take the stress of double patients and computer work out of the equation, you can see an increase in patient satisfaction.