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"Take a Note": The Role of Scribes in Medical Practices

2018 Issue 1 - PSIC Physician Connection
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The word “scribe” comes from the Latin scriba and was first used, historically, to refer to persons who copy documents, especially during a time before printing was even invented. Fast forward to the modern medical era when paper records have been eclipsed by the computer. For all of its advantages, the electronic health record still seems to confound, complicate and challenge the efficient and enjoyable practice of medicine. In this modern environment, the scribes of yore have become indispensable members of the medical team, enhancing physician productivity, clinical engagement and patient satisfaction. With careful selection and training, and being mindful of regulatory requirements, scribes can bring a level of efficiency and calming focus to even the busiest hospital department or physician office.

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