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Research Letter
January 2018

Medical Scribes in an Academic Dermatology Practice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(1):101-103. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.3658

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have resulted in increased documentation burden, with physicians spending up to 2 hours on EMR-related tasks for every 1 patient-care hour.1 Although EMRs offer care delivery integration, they have decreased physician job satisfaction and increased physician burnout across multiple fields, including dermatology.2,3 Employing medical scribes has enhanced clinical documentation, improved revenue collection, increased physician satisfaction, and reduced burnout in other specialties4-6; however, dermatology-specific data are lacking. We implemented a multipractice quality improvement pilot program evaluating medical scribe impact on dermatologist documentation time and physician satisfaction.