Health Information Technologies and Processes

Medical Scribes and EHR Trainers

  • 1.  Medical Scribes and EHR Trainers

    Posted 12-27-2019 15:15
    My facility is considering piloting a new training program using EHR trainers as temporary scribes for new providers.  The idea is that the trainer will spend a few days with a new provider (or a provider who is struggling with the EHR) and assist them as their scribe to allow them to acclimate to the EHR.  For example, the trainer would start by scribing a portion of the charts, such as the HPI and Plan, while allowing the provider to enter orders and medications.  This would allow the trainer to be available for questions and additional at-the-elbow training while the provider is getting settled in.

    Is anyone out there doing something similar?  If so, how is it going?  Do you have any advice for getting started?

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Kelley Owens, MEd, RHIT
    EHR Trainer and Technical Writer
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  • 2.  RE: Medical Scribes and EHR Trainers

    Posted 12-28-2019 09:29
    My personal physicians (who I have worked with in the health care community too) actually do this.  The older generation of physicians seem to love it.  The scribe comes into the room with the physician and the physician will actually dictate to the scribe what to record in the electronic medical record.  As a patient, it does not bother me as I view them in the same light as the nurse.  The physicians tell me they love it because it saves them time and they are able to spend more quality time with the patient vs having to rush so they have time to document.  I think it is a great idea.

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    Chris Ordonia, MPH, RHIA, CPHQ
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