'Everybody wins' with medical scribes

In an era where doctors spend hours a day filling out forms, scheduling patients, searching for data and coordinating care to improve quality and lower costs, medical scribes could be the key to freeing doctors to spend more time treating and interacting with patients, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. The scribes--typically medical students who plan to enter the healthcare profession--review patients' medical records, summarize the patients' previous clinic visits and hospitalizations, find and copy relevant test results, document physician findings and treatment recommendations, enter billing codes and schedule future visits, according to the piece. This allows physicians more time with patients, and improves interaction with them. Read the full report from FierceHealthcare