The Advantages of Medical Scribes and the Electronic Health Records System

What is EHR?

The new EHR, otherwise known as the Electronic Health Records system, converts the patient's paper files and charts into a digital format.  EHR makes the patients records more accessible and immediately available.  These files can also be securely shared with other medical offices and healthcare systems by authorized users in different cities, as well as various states.  Since this data can be easily transferred to other systems, it allows for a significant improvement in the patients overall care.

Difference Between EHR and EMR

All of the patient's medical information is readily available and allows facilities to monitor more carefully certain aspects of their patients care such as blood pressure readings and other vital records.  The EHR is a more comprehensive system than the old EMR method and contains a variety of useful information such as contact details, allergies, insurance information, family history, immunization records, medication lists, hospitalization records, and a record of all previous surgeries and procedures that have already been performed.

EMR or Electronic Medical Record, is similar to the EHR process because they both convert paper patient charts into a digital format.  The biggest difference between the two is that the EMR system does not allow this digital content to be shared between facilities, it is only available in the one office in which it was created.

The EHR system greatly benefits and improves the efficiency at which patients are cared for, but the conversion can be a lengthy and time-consuming endeavor. If done by the physician, it can also significantly reduce the interaction time they have with their patients. 

At Proscribe we are dedicated to aiding professionals in the medical field while improving productivity.  Medical Scribes are in high demand due to the EHR transition.  While it may have the direct costs of having to hire new staff members, it can potentially save the practice time and money in the long run.

Hiring a medical scribe in your facility can show improved patient care and satisfaction ratings, more thorough and detailed documentation, improved patient retention and improved physician productivity with a decrease in overtime hours.