Scribe Impacts in the ED

The latest research from a multi-centre study shows once again that scribes in emergency medicine increase productivity. Research has shown that ED doctors spend up to 48% of their clinical time doing clerical work (Hill RG, Sears LM, Melanson SW. 4000 clicks: a productivity analysis of electronic medical records in a community hospital ED. Am J Emerg Med 2013;31:1591–4. doi:10.1016/j.ajem.2013.06.028).

But this can be dramatically reduced with the use of a scribe.

The latest research published by Walker et al showed that Emergency physicians who used scribes increased their productivity by 0.18 patients per hour per doctor (15.9%) while emergency department length of stay decreased by 19 minutes per patient

Previous studies have demonstrated that scribes are well tolerated by patients, and most physicians find working with scribes beneficial

Numerous studies also show that a financial cost-benefit analysis supports a scribe programme due to the increased productivity and efficiency of doctors.

February 4, 2019

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