The Scribe Industry Blog

The Top 5 Qualities of Great Trainer Scribes

Posted by Paul Hickey on Apr 16, 2015 10:16:31 AM

A new scribe’s first shift in an ED can be extremely overwhelming. The chaos of a busy ED combined with the pressure to perform well is a lot to handle on their first day. During these shifts, trainees rely heavily on their trainers to curb their nerves, and help guide them through their first shift. A trainee’s experience with their trainer during those first few shifts is often a key factor in their success or failure as a scribe. Here are five qualities of great trainers who help trainees get the most out of each training shift.

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Topics: Trainer Scribes, Scribe Training

4 Ways To Prepare for Your Scribe Program Implementation

Posted by Mariah Boyce on Apr 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

4_ways As you prepare to start a scribe program in your emergency department or outpatient clinic, there are a few things you can do to help make the implementation process as smooth and seamless as possible. There are bound to be bumps in the road (no one’s perfect!), but completing these easy tasks beforehand will help you avoid some of the potholes.

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Topics: Scribe Implementation

Scribe Impact in the Pacific Northwest [Infographic]

Posted by Sarah Watson on Mar 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Our potential clients always want to know what kind of an impact scribes will have on their emergency department (ED) metrics. At PhysAssist, we work with each of our partners to intimately understand the goals for their unique programs. Once their needs are identified, we evaluate ED throughput and documentation metrics and, in turn, make the necessary operational adjustments in order to achieve maximum results for our clients.

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Topics: Scribe Impact, ED metrics

Phys It Forward: Refer Your Friends and Win!

Posted by Ryan Alexander on Mar 16, 2015 3:52:00 PM

We are excited to introduce Phys It Forward, the new scribe referral program that offers you the opportunity to win scholarships, Yeti coolers, iPads, gift cards, and more! Check out the short video below for all the details!



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Topics: Scholarships, referral program

Hospital Acquired Conditions and Patient Safety

Posted by John LaRosa on Mar 10, 2015 3:51:00 PM

The UCLA 'superbug' has been a major topic of discussion over the past few days. This bug exists because of lackluster sanitation process on hospital tools and equipment. From 2013- 2014, the FDA reported 135 patients with bacterial infections from dirty scopes alone- a type of hospital acquired condition (HAC).  Further, the CDC reports that on any given day, 1 in 25 hospitalized patients have at least one healthcare associated infection. In 2011, the CDC reported there were 722,000 HAC’s from acute care hospitals that resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths. What’s more alarming, reports are beginning to surface that the FDA may have known about infections from duodenoscopes since as far back as 1987. As of present, the FDA will not take the device off the market.

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Topics: Patient Safety, HACs

A Day in the Life of a CTS: ER and Espresso

Posted by Ziqian Wang on Mar 6, 2015 9:32:44 AM

I am a traveling trainer and a self-proclaimed coffee house connoisseur. I am passionate about learning medicine as well as discovering artisan cafes. In between ER shifts, I cannot think of anything more enjoyable than to immerse myself in a local coffee house with a cup of caffeinated delight. Funny how the organized chaos in ER that I thrive in turns out to be the very same characteristic I love so much about the hustle and bustle of big cities. One of the many charms of being a CTS is that I often get to sample major metropolitan areas while traveling on the job. With that comes golden opportunity of visiting as many coffee houses as I possibly could without getting caffeine-induced palpitations!

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Solving the EMR Inputting Problem

Posted by Cameron Cushman on Feb 26, 2015 4:35:53 PM

“Our goal is to put scribe companies out of business.” A friend in the EMR industry said these words to me the day before I started my new job at PhysAssist Scribes. I about fell out of my chair. Had I made a terrible career choice? Was the medical scribe industry doomed to be put out of business by a big, bad, publicly traded EMR company?

I’ve been working in the medical scribe industry a little over a year now, and I often think about my friend’s comment. He was arguing that improving technology in the healthcare industry would eventually eliminate the need for medical scribes. In reality, the introduction and wide adoption of the EMR has really just opened up another chapter in the long history of the quest to solve what I call “the inputting problem” that has long plagued the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Medical Scribe Industry, ED Documentation, EMRs

The PhysAssist Scribe Experience

Posted by Sarah Watson on Feb 19, 2015 4:35:00 PM

Ever wondered what it's really like to be a scribe? In this short video, you'll hear five of our scribes discuss what it's really like to work in a busy emergency department and discover what the PhysAssist Experience is all about.

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Topics: Become a Scribe, PhysAssist Scribes, The PhysAssist Experience

4 Reasons Scribes Work in Academic Hospitals

Posted by Sarah Watson on Feb 18, 2015 4:27:00 PM

For the last 20 years, medical scribes have been making emergency departments more effective. By enabling higher quality patient-physician interactions and improving physician workflow and coding for electronic medical records (EMRs), scribes have saved doctors countless hours of EMR documentation.

Recently, academic hospitals have displayed a growing interest in scribe services. The increased efficiency and productivity scribes provide is extremely valuable in an academic setting, as scribes allow attending physicians to spend more time teaching by assuming the burden of documentation. Here are four ways that scribes can improve the quality of care in your academic hospital: 

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Topics: Academic EDs, Scribes in teaching hospitals

Five Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Scribe Program

Posted by Spencer Head on Feb 13, 2015 12:31:42 PM

Scribe companies are as different as the myriad number of EMR and paper systems on which they document. Whether you already have a scribe vendor or are looking to hire a new one, asking the right questions is vital when deciding which one will be the best fit for your facility. Unfortunately, many who are new to using medical scribes don’t know what qualities lead to high scribe program ROI. Here are five questions to help you differentiate the good scribe programs from the great ones.

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Topics: Scribe Companies, medical scribes, Choosing a scribe vendor

PhysAssist Scribes is the industry leader in providing quality scribe services and is proud to serve more than 150 hospitals across the country. If you would like to know more about how scribes can add value to your hospital, please visit our website or give us a call at 817-496-1009.