Why Have Scribes Taken Off?

Why Have Scribes Taken Off?

Medical scribes are still a very new profession, one which got its start within the last decade or so.  However, in just that short time, interest in scribes has exploded, and a significant percentage of medical facilities throughout America now employ scribes to assist physicians with taking notes, setting up appointments, retrieving test results, and other aspects of medical busywork that don’t demand a licensed doctor’s personal attention.  But where exactly did this profession come from, and why is it only catching on now?

Electronic Health Records Are Leading To Stress

Electronic Health Records Are Leading To Stress

A paperless office sounds like a noble goal.  It means going all the way to electronic recordkeeping, note taking, and ordering.  It means that fewer trees have to die to fill the back rooms of hospitals and clinics with medical histories, paperwork that then makes it very hard to discover old diagnoses and insurance claims.  It’s the promise of cleaning up and indexing all this information that led the government to subsidize electronic health records starting in 2009.

Scribes Are Taking A More Active Role In Patient Physicals

Scribes Are Taking A More Active Role In Patient Physicals

Recently, a company has tested out a new streaming technology that could make life easier for doctors and allow them to spend more of their examination time with their patients instead of with a computer.  Wearing a Google Glass, a doctor transmitted what he saw and called out everything he discovered so that a scribe at a remote location could transcribe everything.  In addition, when the doctor asked for information, the scribe could look it up and send it as a text popup to the doctor’s Glass.

The Three Best Pre-Med Clubs To Join

The Three Best Pre-Med Clubs To Join

If you want to give your medical school application a boost, a great idea is joining a pre-med club.  Pre-med clubs can help build your network, find opportunities for clinical experience, and help you develop valuable skills.  Here are some of the best pre-med clubs you can join while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.

How To Pick The Right Medical Specialty For You

How To Pick The Right Medical Specialty For You

There are hundreds of areas of medical specialties, so deciding which to focus on can be a little overwhelming.  However, by evaluating your personal interests, strengths, and understanding the requirements of each specialty, you can find the perfect area of medicine for you.  To help you get through this difficult process, we put together a short quiz to help you narrow down your choices.

Get Into Your Dream Medical School: Five Ways To Give Yourself An Advantage

Get Into Your Dream Medical School:  Five Ways To Give Yourself An Advantage

The medical school application process is extremely competitive.  Fewer than half of all applicants get accepted into any school, and even less get go to their dream school.  Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to give yourself an advantage during the application process so your application stands out.  Here are the five best ways to give yourself an advantage:

Scribes Increase Productivity & Satisfaction

Scribes Increase Productivity & Satisfaction

One of the great advantages of the digital era that we live in is the accessibility of information and how useful that can be for the decision making process, or other aspects of business and administration. However, while data intensive professions, such as financial accounting are very easy to integrate data processing into, other fields, such as medicine, strike an uneasy co-existence with the need for more comprehensive data, and that can be both useful and limiting at the same time.

Scribes Are A Big Boost In Emergency Departments

Scribes Are A Big Boost In Emergency Departments

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.

Scribes Can Affect PQRS

Scribes Can Affect PQRS

For medical facilities that work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), there is an initiative available to these qualified healthcare providers called the Physician Quality Reporting System.  This measure was initially optional and strictly voluntary, allowing those facilities that chose to to provide even more medical information on certain specific details of treatment as a way to gauge the effectiveness and quality of the treatment for more complete information.

Quiz Yourself To Figure Out Your Medical Field

Quiz Yourself To Figure Out Your Medical Field

Once upon a time, the only real division in medicine was between doctors and surgeons.  Those days are long gone, however, and these days a physician can specialize in just about any organ of the body along with patient ages and disease types.  It can be an intimidating choice when you first look at the massive list of options, so you owe it to yourself to ask yourself a few questions and narrow down your choices.

Burnout Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

Burnout Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

There is a prevalence in professions of all kinds to dismiss the youngsters and the new kids as newbies, wimps, and inexperienced whiners.  Partly it’s the generation gap, the inability of two different age groups to look eye-to-eye after having lived through different eras at different times in their lives.  But while older doctors tend to look at burnout as a thing that happens to interns and residents, the term has been around for decades and older doctors are, if anything, more likely to suffer burnout than young doctors who have recently survived their residency.

A Quick Look At The Top Medical Schools

A Quick Look At The Top Medical Schools

Let’s face it:  the top medical schools in America aren’t at the top because their textbooks are somehow more accurate than a less expensive school’s or because their professors are all the best at teaching, they’re at the top because they provide students with connections that can get them high-paying jobs and a name on their résumé which can open a lot of doors. 

3 Steps To Get Into Medical School

3 Steps To Get Into Medical School

The medical profession demands a lot more years in school than the average career, and medical schools don’t let just anyone into their ranks.  This is especially true of the big schools whose names alone can get you hired to the hospital of your choice, and they look for more than just a perfect MCAT score when they’re deciding whom to let in and whom to put on the endless waiting list.

Are Scribes Worth It for My Medical Practice?

The days of a quickly written, barely legible, assessment and plan for your clinic patients are long gone. There are certainly pros and cons regarding the evolution to more thorough medical documentation. Advantages aside, medical documentation especially of the “Electronic” variety is awkward, slow, repetitive, and impersonal. Assuming your practice has already made the transition to an electronic health record, you have probably seen a significant drop in productivity and a decline in provider satisfaction.

Scribes Keep Things Organized

Scribes Keep Things Organized

When people used a professional medical scribe, like the ones we train at ProScribe, it’s often the case that clients don’t realize just how much of a difference a scribe can make in a clinic or ED. They may understand superficially that a scribe is helping to take some of the load off of more administrative or bureaucratic activities, but that usefulness can go far beyond typical expectation.