ACCIM Commemorates National Medical Scribe Week

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American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM) Recognizes National Medical Scribe Week, June 4-8, 2012

"Advancing Healthcare Clinical Information Management"

Medical scribes offer real-time documentation solutions – a facet that cannot be replicated from any other healthcare documentation solution in the industry.

The American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM) Commemorates National Medical Scribe Week, June 4-8, 2012 – celebrated the first full week of June each year.

Medical Scribes are crucial in the workflow design of Emergency Departments and Hospitals to effectively and efficiently document the patient-physician clinical encounter. Trained Medical Scribes have extensive knowledge, skills, and abilities in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and health information technologies. “With the advent of Electronic Medical Records, never before has Medical Scribe usage been greater. Medical scribes offer real-time documentation solutions – a facet that cannot be replicated from any other healthcare documentation solution in the industry,” Kristin Hagen states, Executive Director of ACCIM.

Today’s Medical Scribes represent tomorrow’s physicians, mid-level practitioners, and nurses. ACCIM recognizes these ambitious lifelong learners are passionate about medicine, connected to education, and preparing to enter competitive clinical fields. “These individuals have immeasurable opportunity in front of them working alongside physicians, enabling workflow efficiencies, and increasing cost-saving measurements,” Hagen states.

Emergency Departments and Scribe companies nationwide are partnering with ACCIM to receive ED Scribe Program Certification. The units are staffed with Clinical Information Managers (CIMs). A CIM is a medical scribe that has received additional training and demonstrated core competencies by successfully passing the Clinical Information Management and Certification Aptitude Test (CIMCAT). The CIMCAT exam is designed exclusively for currently employed Medical Scribes who have completed a qualifying training program and charted a minimum of 100 clinical encounters. ACCIM offers a discount on CIMCAT registration with membership purchase during Scribe Week. “CIMCAT certification differentiates CIMs from their peers – a common denominator when applying for medical schools or entering competitive job markets,” Hagen states.

Enabling real-time documentation at the point-of-care enhances the healthcare system, improves continuum of care, and facilitates health information exchange – a true win for everyone.

About ACCIM
The American College of Clinical Information Managers (ACCIM) is the nation’s preeminent professional society representing 3000+ Medical Scribes and 300 hospitals nationwide. ACCIM is committed to advancing the CIM profession through CIM certification, advocacy, legislation, and continuing education. To learn more about ACCIM, please visit: http://www.theaccim.org.

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