ACP Internist- Scribes: A write way and a wrong way

Even after Sandra Kamnetz, MD, became comfortable with using an electronic health record (EHR) in her family medicine practice, she still found the data entry during the exam intrusive and time consuming. She preferred to focus on the patient.

So she tried working with a scribe, someone who is largely trained to serve an EHR-related clerical role, helping the physician to better stay abreast with computer documentation. As computerized medical records have taken root around the country, the new job function has emerged, first in the emergency department and now beginning to migrate into the outpatient setting.