Practice tip of the week: How to get the most out of your scribes


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In a January 2022 story on maximizing medical scribes, Terry Ciesla gave this tip on when to use virtual scribes:

No time like real-time: Scribes are more helpful, and productive, when they are working in real- time. Some services merely record a physician and patient talking and listen to the recording later to update charts. The disadvantage is that doctors can’t rely on those scribes to put in orders or process referrals in real-time. A scribe who is connected remotely during an exam can also clarify a doctor’s instructions or a patient’s comments immediately. This speeds the process so that doctors can feel confident about reviewing their charts briefly, without having to spend time trying to recall and clarifying and adding additional information after hours.”

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