With the rise in popularity of electronic health records (EHRs), some doctors are using medical scribes to save time entering data. Scribes are used in doctors’ offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health clinics and ambulatory care centers. Their use can allow a physician to be as productive as possible, spending more time engaging with patients rather than entering data into EHRs.
For example, a medical scribe might accompany your doctor into the room during your physical exam, taking careful notes as the doctor examines and interacts with you. Medical scribes are not licensed, but they typically receive training lasting between three weeks and three months on clinical terminology, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and more.