How to stop physician burnout: Medical Scribes
In this blog post we will explore the benefits of having a medical scribe for your clinic. If you want to learn more, keep reading. If you’re ready to take the next step, and sign up for a free consultation, click this button.
The Physician Problem
Physician burnout increased by over 10% in the last 3 years. The national average reported for physician burnout is now sitting at ~55%. That’s to say that over 50% of doctors are tired of their jobs and are having to drag themselves to work each day. This is a major concern for the future of healthcare. With mounting debt and increased patient loads, it’s critical to narrow down the reasons for physician burnout. So far the reported reasons for burnout are wide and varied with everything from hours worked to a lack of external life being flagged as an issue. The one thing that is consistent in virtually every single study is the burdens created by the implementation of EHR/EMR systems and the digital charting process, this reason also plays a large part in many of the other issues doctors are having as well such as longer hours, taking work home, less time with patient’s, higher levels of documentation error.
The Physician’s Solution
So how can you fix this issue if you are one of the 1,000,000+ physicians who are no longer happy in their careers? Even if you are just feeling rundown by the day to day struggles of managing a clinical practice there has to be a better way? The solution is simple, medical scribes.
Medical scribes are highly trained professionals who understand clinical terms and needs. They work directly with physicians to handle patient charting for the provider and do so in an effective and efficient way. Imagine leaving a patients room and their chart is already complete and waiting to be signed off on? Or imagine at the end of your clinic or rotation, you simply double check that you have signed off on your charts and then you leave work. Nothing to take with you, no extra hours banging away on the keyboard.
Physicians shouldn’t have to start their administrative day after their clinical/surgical day ends. Physicians are already working more hours than most professions and you didn’t attend 10+ years of school to spend hours of your time typing in front of a computer screen. If you are tired of spending several hours each day/week in front of your computer charting before you can finally go home, then its time to see what a scribe can do for you and your practice.
Medical Scribe Results
The medical scribe industry has been around for some time but has only recently set up a common set of industry standards and moved from a secondary profession to a necessity. Having a scribe use to be a luxury, now though, due to EHR systems, a scribe is becoming a must for physicians. Virtually every study done on the effects of scribes has shown 5 common trends when medical scribes are implemented in your practice:
- Physician satisfaction improves dramatically within a few weeks.
- Revenue actually goes up for the clinics (in every study).
- Physicians are able to see more patient but work fewer hours.
- Patient satisfaction goes up or stays the same (in every study).
- Physicians report never wanting to return to practice without a scribe once they have had one.
The last point is what we hear the most at Medoptim. The thing our clients tell us across the board is “I can’t imagine going back to not using a scribe, I don’t think I could do it.” Medical scribes are giving physicians a new lease on life and in their practices. So stop wasting time, stop wasting your life, be the best physician you can be and get a medical scribe today.
How To Value A Medical Scribe Company
When you are looking for a medical scribe company make sure you find a company that has;
- works in more than one practice setting so they understand the needs and landscape of the medical arena as a whole.
- a company that has a certified training program and provides their scribes with resources and ongoing training.
- A company with a pristine reputation with all its clients.
As a multispecialty provider, Medoptim has seen it all. We have over 6 years of experience in the field and we know what your clinic needs and how to implement a program into your workflow seamlessly. At Medoptim we have a top-tier training program that makes sure you will be partnered with a certified medical scribe and that your scribe will receive ongoing, up to date training.
So, If you are in the Arkansas area call Medoptim and see what Arkansas’s leading medical scribe provider can do for you and your practice. Our clinical evaluation is free, and we can’t wait to help you optimize your clinic and its workflow.
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When you have a medical scribe you can spend more time with each patient without falling behind in your documentation, you can see 3-5 additional patients every day, and you won’t find yourself staying late charting.