Monday, January 31, 2011

Is the EMR slowing you down? Hire a scribe!

More and more health care systems are hiring scribes to help deal with the unintended consequences of the EMR. From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:

After the switch to computer records, emergency departments have reported a loss in productivity. At DePaul, patient wait times initially increased 28 percent and patient satisfaction declined 40 percent despite additional staffing, said Dr. Stephen Larson, director of the hospital's emergency department. St. John's Mercy also reported a peak in wait times.
While both hospitals have seen wait times drop as doctors get past the learning curve, the emergency physicians group at DePaul decided to begin the scribe program in December "to allow us to continue to add to our gains," Larson said.

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Hal Dall, MD said...

Hmm, I don't recall seeing the cost of the scribe included in the reimbusment incentives for adopting an EMR.

electronic medical records said...

Hmm.. I think The right electronic medical records software system can save a physician practice time and money, while also improving patient outcomes.That's the reason why many wants to have their own electronic medical records software system. Anyway, thanks for the post.