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  • #16
    Originally posted by G View Post

    true, but it is also difficult to say that the doctor was having an erotic/inappropriate conversation about penises when there is a witness in the room.
    I have not been accused of that but I take the point.

    I wonder if it depends on the EMR. I do not find routine documenting all that difficult or cumbersome. I do what I can before I go in. I do the minimum needed in the room so they can check out after. I dragon in the rest either right after or after 1-2 more patients. I honestly think it would take me longer to say it then to just do it.
    On my prior EMR I probably would be more willing to try because Nextgen was a piece of crap. I am currently using medent and I am quite happy with it. Some things take more clicks then I feel are necessary but overall I like it way better then Nextgen and significantly better then epic.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by MaxPower View Post
      I don’t have a scribe but I can’t see how having one would be anything but an improvement. The biggest thing I hate about my clinic days is documentation. I enjoy seeing and talking to (most) patients, but then having to spend almost as long out of the room doing the paperwork as I spent in the room is painful.
      Announcement everyone: MaxPower is my long lost twin. 100% echo the same sentiments.

      During residency I spent time in a private office with a scribe. And in residency clinic we had medical assistants who functioned like a scribe. It was dramatically, wonderfully, absolutely, fantastically better than not having a scribe. They can be your right hand. And you keep focus on your patient. Not documenting. Highly recommended. I hope to be pursuing a scribe/assistant as long as I stay as busy as I have been.
      $1 saved = >$1 earned. ✓

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Lordosis View Post

        I have not been accused of that but I take the point.

        I wonder if it depends on the EMR. I do not find routine documenting all that difficult or cumbersome. I do what I can before I go in. I do the minimum needed in the room so they can check out after. I dragon in the rest either right after or after 1-2 more patients. I honestly think it would take me longer to say it then to just do it.
        On my prior EMR I probably would be more willing to try because Nextgen was a piece of crap. I am currently using medent and I am quite happy with it. Some things take more clicks then I feel are necessary but overall I like it way better then Nextgen and significantly better then epic.
        I think I would leave medicine if I had to use nextgen. That thing is horrendous. Perfectly happy with epic. I write the history while patient is talking. Exam is a few clicks mostly. Mix of typing and dot phrases for plan - finishing this is honestly helpful for my process and I sometimes remember to do things I miss when I was in the room. I like having control of the documentation and not having anyone else in the room. I suppose it might help a little in terms of speed but if I had to review/edit I can’t imagine it being all that helpful.

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        • #19
          In primary care the trouble is the learning curve for scribes is relatively steep and variability is higher compared to specialties. This is the same challenge for RNP on a different scale but same reasons.

          Our system allows for scribes but few docs maintain them after the second or turnover of scribes because of the retraining involved.

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          • #20
            Another scribe lover here. Getting through 30+ patients without a scribe is awful. I also enjoy having actual rapport with my patients, which doesn’t come from me looking at the computer.

            consider another way scribes are a time saver... a good scribe saves you from having to do any precharting. I will quickly review last note and chart nothing, they do all the clicking, create my note (typically copy forward if my last note). With returns they chart the exam, all diagnoses, create the patient instructions, nearly my entire note. Then all I have to do review: typically make a few spelling changes, add a few details to the plan, drop charges and done. Return visits they can finish 90+% of the computer work, which allows me to practice up to my highest skill level instead of being a typist/prof clicker.

            What I did was shadow an ophthal for a couple hours who is very efficient with their scribe and it opened my eyes on how much documentation we can take off our plate. A trained scribe allows me to have 100% of charts closed by 5 most days. Try it out!

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            • #21
              I would strongly consider using an electronic service over an in person scribe. Having used both models, I agree that many patients do not enjoy having a random young person typing away while having a delicate personal conversation. More importantly, the digital service will not call in sick and lay waste to your workday. With a digital service or human scribe, either will need training at the start, but the digital product is less likely to be fired or quit

              I have really enjoyed using Saykara. I would be happy to discuss with anyone. Feel free to DM

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