The efficiency of a medical office and the quality of medical care provided depend in large part upon the staff members who supplement and support the role of the physician. As a medical office staff member, you must have strong communication skills, organizational ability, computer knowledge, and excellent human relations skills.
As a medical scribe, or paraprofessional, you will specialize in charting physician-patient encounters in real time, such as during medical examinations. You will also be responsible for generating referral letters for physicians, managing and sorting medical documents within the EHR system, and assisting with e-prescribing.
Job growth is expected to decline, however, with more than 1,200 current jobs in the field, demand is expected.
Data shows steady growth in the region for support positions including medical transcriptionist, medical secretaries and medical assistants. Certification in this field is listed in the top 10 in greatest demand in the State of Michigan.
In this field, it is estimated you could earn $32,143 a year.
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As a medical scribe, your primary duties are to follow a physician through the work day and chart patient encounters in real-time using an electronic medical record (EMR) and existing templates. You will also generate referral letters for physicians, manage and sort medical documents within the EMR system, and assist with e-prescribing.
Medical scribes can be thought of as data care managers, enabling physicians, medical assistants, and nurses to focus on patient in-take and care during clinical hours. By handling data management tasks for physicians in real-time, as a medical scribe, you will free the physician to increase patient contact time, give more thought to complex cases, better manage patient flow through the department, and increase productivity.
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Facts & Figures
The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists estimates 20,000 scribes were employed by the end of 2014, and it expects this number to grow to 100,000 scribes by 2020. (Becker's Hospital Review)
As of April 2015, at least 22 companies supplied scribes across 44 states, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The largest company is ScribeAmerica, with more than 5,000 scribes in more than 570 healthcare facilities across 44 states. (Becker's Hospital Review)
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