Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HIM Weekly Wednesday - Scribes

Hello HIM Students! The Weekly Wednesday is back. I hope you had a fantastic break and you are off to a great start after the first week of classes in 2014!
Today I am going to share with you a fairly new job in the healthcare field. It is called a Scribe, and they are used to partner with physicians to complete the documentation so the physician can focus all of their attention on the patient. The Scribe is typically typing the information into the electronic health record while the physician is doing the exam and reporting results. Many traditional medical transcriptionists are finding their way into this new role and it is a perfect fit for them. I am also hearing of students in pre-med taking a job as a scribe. I am certain that HIM professionals will work with Scribes in some way – we may be the ones to help train them on the use of the EHR and the policies for quality documentation and patient confidentiality, and it may even be possible that they would be part of the HIM team.
I found an article for you to read to become more familiar with this new job title that you may encounter. I hope you find it as interesting as I did!
New York Times article on scribes
Have a great week!
Cindy Glewwe, M.Ed., RHIA
Director, Health Information Management Program
Charter Oak State College
55 Paul J. Manafort Drive
New Britain, CT 06053
(Ph.) 860-515-3833

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