We currently have scribes in our ED. They have improved patient
throughput/efficiency by approximately 10-20% depending on the physician
with whom they are working. We are still on paper charts, so I can not
comment directly about their role with an EMR. However, the scribes we
currently have do also work at other local EDs that do have an EMR, I think
EPIC. The local EDs have continued to use the scribes when they
transitioned from a paper chart to an EMR. We do not have residents and the
local EDs do not have residents, so I cannot comment on that.
If you want more information, you can contact me directly.
Doreen Teoh, MD
Cook Children's Medical Center
On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 8:13 AM, Scott Freedman <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> We are evaluating many processes that could potentially positively impact
> efficiency and throughput. One I am keenly interested in is the use of
> scribes. Is any department or group using dedicated scribes and what has
> been the experience? We soon will be transitioning to Cerner EMR and I am
> most interested to hear back from anyone who use scribes 1) with an EMR
> as Cerner and 2) with residents.
> Feel free to respond directly to me so as to not cloud the listserv with
> such a specific topic/ question.
> Thank you!!
> Scott H. Freedman, MD
> Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
> (240) 826-7017
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