Scribes can help physicians input data into electronic health records, freeing the doctor to pay full attention to their patients, according to an article in the New York Times. There are about 10,000 scribes working in hospitals and medical practices in the U.S., according to the article, and demand is growing.
Physicians using scribes reported that they finish their work earlier, are more satisfied with their career choice, and are no longer "enslaved to the computer," according to the Times. Physicians using them stated that they can see up to four more patients a day. Article