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Comment & Response
August 4, 2015

Medical Scribes and Electronic Health Records

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, Washington Health System, Washington, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2015;314(5):518-519. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6947

To the Editor Dr Gellert and colleagues1 reviewed the implications of the medical scribe industry for the advancement of electronic health records (EHRs). They pointed out that the scribe system may negatively affect patient safety and decrease market pressure for improvement of EHRs.

However, the challenges of the scribe system may not be limited to those negative effects. The scribe system has limitations from the perspective of the patient-physician interaction, and sociolinguistic research needs to be done to optimize the use of scribes and understand how they affect the patient and physician experience.

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