Medical Scribe Company or Medical Transcriptionist?
The answer depends on what you need.
Medical scribes and medical transcriptionists both document a patient’s medical record. But the way they do so is the difference between the two jobs and a doctor can decide which position best suits his/her practice.
Medical transcribers are passive and stationary. You sit at a desk in a hospital, doctor’s office, or in the comfort of your own home and update patients’ medical records while listening to a recording made by the physician and documenting the recording verbatim.
Multiple Job Duties
Scribes don’t listen to recordings. They document information using either a paper form or electronic template. A scribe works directly with the physician listening and noting physician responses in real time. In addition to documenting a patient’s medical record, a medical scribe may find him/herself performing additional responsibilities such as:
- assisting clinicians
- inputting results
- monitoring the time it takes for medical test results to return and handle delays when they happen
- planning ahead to improve patient throughput
- keeping track of the duration of a patient’s stay
- checking a patient’s insurance status
- providing an additional point of communication for nurses with non-clinical questions
Medical scribes & transcribes are not allowed to perform any direct patient care, meaning anything that involves:
- clinical assessment
- clinical interpretation
- touching the patient
- handling body fluids
- using medical instruments
- medical decision-making
When you think about the differences in the job duties for a medical scribe versus an MT, it seems that the two positions are inhabited by two types of people – those who want to work at home in relative peace and quiet, and those who like working with lots of people in a busy, dynamic environment full of challenges. Being a scribe is a physical job, requiring you to be on your feet all day as opposed to sitting at a desk. Scribing is most often seen in an emergency room environment, where the fast pace creates a need for immediate documentation of each patient encounter.
Give Yourself a Break
Hiring Skywriter MD to provide a medical scribe company for your practice will vastly improve your workflow since our scribes are well versed in:
- navigating an Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
- documenting procedures
- locating patient information: lab results, x-rays, procedure notes, and historical records
- entering various information into the EMR
- transcribing orders and prescriptions
- responding to messages
- relaying information and instructions to office staff
Create a better work/life balance for yourself by using the medical scribe services and medical transcription company of Skywriter MD. Contact us today.