When it comes to hiring the best Virtual Scribe company, look closely at the training and experience of the Virtual Scribe who will work with you. Not all Virtual Scribe training regimens are created equal. But chances are, you’ll be able to differentiate the good from the bad almost immediately.
Documentation and the Deterioration of Doctors’ Work-Life Balance
The notorious demands of documentation. If you’re a clinician, you are more than acutely aware of just how much time and energy goes into keeping every patient encounter well-documented. From analyzing medical histories to reviewing test results and handling medication requests to composing treatment plans, there’s simply no room for omission when it comes to documentation.
Five Sure Signs that It’s Time for a Virtual Scribe
The breaking point. It’s a place where no one wants to find themselves, but it’s a familiar destination for many healthcare workers today. Whether you’re spread too thin, because of documentation demands, or the global pandemic has left you with the weight of the world on your shoulders, it’s important to know when to seek some support.
You’ve Decided It’s Time for More Time. Now What?
Chances are, if you’re scoping out Virtual Scribe options, you’re probably wondering what services are available—and more importantly, which ones may work best for you. We’ve got you covered.
The Rise of the Virtual Scribe
Time. It’s something we all wish we had more of in one aspect of our lives or another. But, for many clinicians, more time for their personal lives seems harder than ever to come by. For them, more time is not just of the essence. It’s of the necessity.
The Not-So-Balanced Work-Life Balance of Physicians
The term “work-life balance” is so commonplace that the Oxford dictionary has decided to permanently include it among its pages. Defined as, “The number of hours per week you spend working, compared with the number of hours you spend with your family, relaxing, etc.”, this phrase is more popular than ever among members of today’s workforce.
New Yorker: Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
On a sunny afternoon in May, 2015, I joined a dozen other surgeons at a downtown Boston office building to begin sixteen hours of mandatory computer training. We sat in three rows, each of us parked behind a desktop computer. In one month, our daily routines would come to depend upon mastery of Epic, the new medical software system on the screens in front of us. The upgrade from our home-built software would cost the hospital system where we worked, Partners HealthCare, a staggering $1.6 billion, but it aimed to keep us technologically up to date.
MDEdge: Study, One hour with patients means two hours on EHR
Physicians are spending twice as much time on electronic health records as they are face to face with patients, according to a new study by the American Medical Association.
Researchers observed 57 physicians in four specialties (family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and orthopedics) and found that for every hour of direct clinical face time with patients, nearly 2 additional hours is spent on EHR and desk work within the clinic day.
Medical Xpress: Medical scribes have a positive impact on surgeons and residents
Some clinicians are turning to medical scribes to reduce the time spent managing electronic health records (EHRs). In fact, incorporating medical scribes into surgical practice increases the number of patients seen, according to research findings presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019.
Medical Xpress: Scribes improve physician satisfaction with no negative effects on patient satisfaction
The first randomized controlled trial of scribes finds that they produce significant improvements in physician satisfaction without detracting from patient satisfaction.
The use of scribes—team members who document patient encounters in real time under physician supervision—has gained considerable popularity as a strategy to decrease physicians' clerical burden...