Category “Life as a Scribe”

Physician Burnout in 2019: Are the Numbers Getting Better or Worse?

Recent discussions about physician burnout have taken some interesting turns. Some say the wrong questions are being asked and the wrong solutions are being proposed. Some even question whether the term “burnout” is appropriate to label the well-publicized epidemic of exhaustion among physicians. “The term burnout has taken on meaning far beyond…

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Posted In: Best Of, Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe On: Tuesday, 5 March, 2019

A Roadmap to Improved Interoperability

Like vindictive relatives nursing years-old grudges, thousands of EHRs with enormous amounts of invaluable health data just can’t bring themselves to talk to each other. That frustrating lack of interoperability stands as a huge roadblock to the promise of a vastly improved healthcare system—one that would, in the words of Jason…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

How Medical Scribes Boost Productivity, Revenue and Satisfaction

In a recent essay in The Atlantic, Rena Xu, a resident physician in Boston, illuminates the healthcare burnout crisis by analogizing a young chef at an upscale restaurant. Her talented young chef is ambitious and plenty capable, but things just keep getting tougher. For one thing, older chefs are retiring faster than new…

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Posted In: Future of Healthcare, General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

How 5 Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference in Patient Satisfaction Scores

How much effort does it take to improve patient-satisfaction scores and ensure that reimbursements won’t be negatively impacted? Not much, it seems, regardless of whether you think such scores are more likely to reflect quality of care or mere manipulation of patient perception?   Immersed in empathy The most recent splash in this area…

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Posted In: General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 27 March, 2018

Addressing the Costly Problem of Unnecessary Care

Every year, billions of dollars are wasted on overtreatment and unnecessary care. But why? Some point to the steady drumbeat of direct-to-consumer feel-good advertising. Patients, they say, are demanding those amazing new drugs they see advertised on TV (while conveniently ignoring all the ominous warnings about side effects) and pressuring…

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Posted In: General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 30 January, 2018

Scribe Update

Since the advent of the EHR, medical scribes have been the helping hand to the overworked physician, fed-up with clerical duties that take away precious time from interacting with patients. The perks of using medical scribes in the healthcare setting have been mentioned time and time again. Studies have shown…

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Posted In: Compliance, General, Life as a Scribe On: Tuesday, 4 July, 2017

Scribe Training Programs – One size does not fit all

Necessity is very often the mother of invention, hence this past decade’s dramatic rise in the use of medical scribes. Medical transcriptionists have traditionally filled the role of documenting physician-patient encounters by passively listening to recorded dictations which were, in turn, transcribed into a “free text” patient record. However, the…

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Posted In: General, Life as a Scribe, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
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