Medical Scribe Systems Demonstrates Real-Time Data Capture at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Conference

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Over 2,500 healthcare professionals attending the SAEM Annual Meeting will have a chance to learn the benefits of real-time documentation performed by MSS scribes.

Physicians who are tired of the electronic medical record and the increasing demands of documentation compliance will learn how medical scribes can improve their productivity and patient interaction at the SAEM Annual Meeting in Dallas, May 13-17.

The demand for medical scribes is at an all-time high due to increasing physician dissatisfaction with the electronic medical record (EMR). A recent study published in the journal Health Affairs found that at least two-thirds of a primary care physician’s shift was spent on documentation.

“The electronic medical record has forced highly-paid medical experts to perform an overwhelming amount of clerical work,” explains Garret Erskine, President and CEO of Medical Scribe Systems, a California-based scribe company specializing in revenue cycle enhancement. “Scribes take care of the charting and liberate the physician by allowing them to get back to the patient bedside.”

Medical Scribe Systems (MSS) will be exhibiting at SAEM to discuss how scribes can alleviate the burden of EMR adoption and help meet Meaningful Use guidelines. Visitors will be able to watch a simulated patient examination while the scribe captures data on the EMR in real time.

“MSS scribes give physicians much-needed relief from the EMR, which drastically improves job satisfaction,” says Erskine. “I’ve had numerous doctors tell me they would have retired years ago if it weren’t for our scribes.”

Medical Scribe Systems has implemented scribe programs at about 100 facilities nationwide and employs just under 2,000 scribes. Erskine says the company manages scribe programs at a site-specific level so that each facility gets optimum financial and performance gains.

“We recognize there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution,” he says. “Every healthcare facility has unique challenges, goals and objectives. We work collaboratively with our customers and help them achieve their operational goals.”

After one year of using the MSS scribe program, one facility saw drastic improvements in their performance data, including:

  •     91% reduction in lost charges
  •     87% reduction in down-coded visits
  •     17% increase in critical care billing
  •     375% increase in observation care billing

“The results our clients have seen are extraordinary,” says Erskine. “We are excited to share our knowledge of scribes at SAEM and help physicians get back to looking at their patients instead of their computer.”

MSS will be exhibiting at Booth #18 during the event, which is being held at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. To learn more about the MSS scribe program, visit or call (877) 819-5900 ext. 2.

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