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: