Will Scribes Change the Way Physicians Practice?

June 17, 2014

Many practices are employing medical scribes to enter physician notes into the EHR. Do you think they will become standard members of healthcare teams?

Many practices are employing medical scribes to enter physician notes into the EHR. In fact, 21 percent of the 1400-plus respondents to Physicians Practices 2014 Technology Survey, Sponsored by Kareo, said they are using them.

Full results from the 2014 Technology Survey, Sponsored by Kareo, will be published in the July/August 2014 issue of Physicians Practice and online July 9.

Still, readers are debating whether scribes will really become key members of healthcare teams.

In response to a recent blog on the ROI of medical scribes, one reader stated, "Scribes can be very effective tools to increase your productivity, improve your charting, allow you to speak to your patients while your scribe finds all the boxes to check, T's to cross, and I's to dot."

But another said: "If scribes are this complicated to use, forget it. The 'auditors' will make them obsolete. Another great idea destroyed by the government or insurance companies."

 

What do you think? Will scribes become standard members of healthcare teams?

Yes. Eventually most physicians that use EHRs will work alongside scribes.
48% (169 Votes)
No. Scribes could make work easier for physicians, but the costs/barriers associated with scribe use will be too high.
30% (107 Votes)
No. Scribes will not benefit physicians in the future. EHRs will improve, physicians will be able to use them more efficiently.
20% (72 Votes)

Total Votes: 348