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Medical scribes boost productivity among ER docs

from By Chelsea Adams

Medical scribes can increase an ER physician's productivity, resulting in shorter lengths of stays for patients, according to a study published in The BMJ in late January. Conducted at hospitals in the Australian state of Victoria, the study compared ER shifts where trained scribes were utilized with those where clinicians were required to complete clinical documentation and other clerical tasks. Scribes enter the exam room with the physician and use a computer to document consultations, schedule follow-up appointments, order diagnostic tests, complete patients' electronic health records, request inpatient beds, print discharge paperwork and locate information for the physician. more


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