In praise of medical scribes

Dr. Alan Bank
Dr. Alan Bank

[Wall Street Journal, April 06, 2014] Dr. Alan Bank, a cardiologist at United Heart & Vascular Clinic, St. Paul, writes in the Wall Street Journal about how medical scribes are saving money and improving patient satisfaction:

We often think that a complex problem (such as health care in the U.S.) requires a complex solution (ObamaCare). Yet some important issues that are not adequately addressed with the current health-care overhaul include decreased patient and physician satisfaction, reduced access to care, and the increasing cost of care.

For instance, the electronic medical record-keeping that has been mandated as part of new health-care policy has complicated the lives of many physicians and led to substantial physician dissatisfaction. Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal online (subscription required).

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