October 11, 2014 - 7:40 AM
A new article in the Star Tribune our of Minneapolis, reported on the increasing dissatisfaction of physicians with data entry and the increasing enthusiasm for use of medical scribes. In it, Dr. Alan Bank descries why he decided to hire a medical scribe: '“I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t enjoying my work, I felt like a data entry clerk.”'
Dr. Bank, a Minneapolis cardiologist, conducted an experiment with and without a medical scribe in an attempt to quantify the benefits. When comparing two 65 hour work weeks--one with a scribe, one without--he saw nearly a third more patients and increased clinic revenue by 206,000 when using the scribe. Read the full article to learn more about his experience working with a medical scribe.