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April 7, 2015

The Rise of the Medical Scribe Industry: Implications for the Advancement of Electronic Health Records

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Informatics, CHRISTUS Health, San Antonio, Texas
  • 2Department of Health Informatics, CHRISTUS Health, Dallas, Texas
JAMA. 2015;313(13):1315-1316. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17128

With federal meaningful-use incentives driving adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), physicians are increasingly concerned about the time spent documenting patient information and managing orders via computerized patient order entry (CPOE). Many perceive that the inefficiencies of EHRs are adversely affecting the quality of care, and because physicians see fewer patients per day, income may decline.1 Although physicians approve of EHRs in concept and appreciate their future promise, the current state of EHR technology has increased physician dissatisfaction.1 Poor EHR usability, time-consuming data entry, reduced patient care time, inability to exchange health information, and templated notes are central concerns. Physicians emphasize that EHR technology—especially user interfaces—must improve,1 and a new industry has emerged nationally to provide physicians with medical scribes.

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