Physicians Learn Benefits of Medical Scribes at Hospital Medicine Conference

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Medical Scribe Systems (MSS) exhibited at the largest national conference focusing on hospital medicine.

Medical Scribe Systems (MSS), a Los Angeles-based scribe provider for hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide, exhibited at the 2014 Hospital Medicine conference in Las Vegas last week.

MSS President and CEO Garret Erskine discussed the benefits of medical scribes and how they are improving hospitalist workflow.

“EMR adoption has caused a ripple effect in healthcare delivery, from seeing fewer patients to decreased job satisfaction,” said Erskine. “Medical scribes let hospitalists and other care providers focus their attention on the patient without the burden of increased documentation into the Electronic Medical Record.”

Medical scribes are typically pre-health students who use the position as a way to gain experience before applying to medical school or other medical training. They capture all orders and progress notes in real time, allowing the hospitalist to see patients more efficiently.

In addition to improving clinical workflow, scribes are effective in optimizing the discharge planning process – resulting in decreased 30-day readmissions.

According to a recent article in "Today’s Hospitalist", scribes have reduced turnaround time for discharge summaries to 24 hours – compared to the 72 hours before using scribes. This combination of improving patient throughput and transferring clerical work to a scribe greatly reduces staffing costs.

“Instead of spending upwards of $150 an hour for a physician to input data, you can have a scribe do it for $20 an hour. This ensures that providers are utilizing their time on what matters most – their patients,” Erskine said.

Medical Scribe Systems currently employs about 2,000 scribes at nearly 100 medical facilities nationwide.

For more information about the Medical Scribe Systems program, visit or email info(at)scribesystems(dot)com.

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