"Could providers send digital audio recordings of patient information to transcribers who then populate the electronic health record?" It depends on how it is coordinated. Healthcare is trying to get away from verbal and telephone orders, but in certain situations telephone orders are a necessity. It's not unusual for physician groups to utilize physician assistants or nurse practitioners to do a lot of the legwork, then have physicians supervise the patient's care needs and treatments.
Adding scribe to care mix could affect patient safety
So in reality, if the scribe has the right qualifications it may work. However, in efforts to enhance patient safety, I think it’s vital to streamline any process related to patient care. This adds another person into the process and opens up another avenue for miscommunication. While I think it would be a great way to give doctors more time to spend with patients, it does have downfalls.
Patty StarlingPhysician orders specialist (and healthcare IT student)WakeMed Health and HospitalsRaleigh, N.C.
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