A lot of people are venturing into this industry because, in the past few years, there are many work-at-home leads which have been advertised. What a virtual medical scribe is and how to become one are the questions you may be having. The responsibility of charting the interaction between a physician and a patient as they happen is the responsibility of someone referred to as a virtual medical scribe. During a medical exam or real-time occurrence are the situations when the interactions may be happening. The scribe will be required to remotely accompany the doctor during their visits to the patient so that they document the necessary encounters and take critical notes.
The virtual medical scribe is also tasked with handling clinical charting off-site and electronic medical records, therefore, enabling physicians to focus on providing the necessary care to in-patients. The various capacities in which the scribe can work are in the emergency department, a general scribe or a clinic. In existence is a clear distinction between transcribing and scribing. The doctor-patient interaction or dictated notes by the physician should be listened to by a transcriber while they type exactly what they hear.
Interpreting the conversation and creating a document that will have all the useful information together with the coding that will be sent to the coders is what a scribe should do. What makes many people concerned is the need for a doctor to have a medical scribe. In this article, we have outlined some of these reasons. Entering information into the system still takes a lot of time even with the use of electronic medical records(EMR) by most of the hospitals and medical practitioners. Filling of the EMR by the doctor while they are with a patient will make the patient feel they are not being listened. However, should the doctor wait till the patient leaves the room to type their notes, it will cause a long wait for the next patient.
Because of this, the hospital will either be required to schedule fewer patients or bill their patients more to get the same revenue causing a decrease in patient’s satisfaction. A scribe will ensure better utilization of the doctor’s time making them see more patients and patients will not have long wait times.
The time that would have been used by the doctor to enter data will be utilized in doing other activities such as management, research, publishing or spending more time with each patient to understand their condition better. Since they will know they are alone with the doctor in the room, the patient will feel at ease if a virtual scribe is hired. Hiring a virtual scribe will be advantageous to a doctor with offices in different locations.