Using scribes to increase productivity

In this study of ED physicians, full use of a scribe for the shift increased productivity by 2.4 RVU per hour, and increased the number of patients seen by 0.8 patients per hour. Although this study was performed in an ED, scribes may be another type of “physician extender” hospitalists could utilize to decrease the amount of daily non-physician work (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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