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PAs are providers--not scribes

Medical scribing has emerged in response to the introduction of the EMR into clinical practice. Medical practices, hospitals, and emergency departments hire scribes to mitigate the inevitable slowdown created by providers who are not adept at typing or navigating computer systems. According to an article in Medical Economics, providers who use scribes in their practices report improved productivity, clinical documentation, completion of medical records, and provider satisfaction. Patient satisfaction has also been reported to have improved; this is thought to be due to the provider's increased attention to the patient, rather than the computer screen and keyboard.

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