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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Scribes

What is a medical scribe and what does a medical scribe do?

A scribe refers to a medical scribe, who are highly trained individuals in medical documentation assisting healthcare providers throughout a patient encounter. Scribes eliminate both the burden and distraction of EMR conversions and ongoing utilization, allowing clinicians more time to focus on patient care.

Many of Elite’s medical scribes are pre-med students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. We typically employ college juniors, seniors and recent graduates, as well as individuals who have completed a two-year associates degree.

Why Elite Medical Scribes?

Elite Medical Scribes is the nation’s preeminent source of the highest quality scribe program management. Many world-renowned healthcare groups, hospitals, clinics, medical practices and teaching institutions choose Elite for our customized workflow solutions, optimized scribe training program – the Elite Academy, comprehensive Quality Assurance program, innovative technology, and superior customer service.  Click Here for more information about choosing the right Medical Scribe company for you.

Who does Elite recruit for its scribe programs?

Pre-med students have proven to be the most successful medical scribe candidates for our scribe programs, and those interested in pursuing a career in health care. We employ driven and dedicated individuals that meet each of our qualification criteria.

We receive tens of thousands of applications from college juniors, seniors and recent graduates, in addition to individuals that have completed a 2-year associate degree. We employ the use of an applicant tracking system to sort through these applications to find the most qualified, motivated, and detail-oriented individuals.

Is there a minimum employment period for Elite scribes?

We invest a considerable amount of time and resources into the education, training and development of each individual we employ. We do not impose mandatory minimal employment terms; however, preference may be given to those applicants who are able to commit to longer periods of employment.

How long will it take to get a scribe at my location?

Every medical scribe program is developed based upon the unique requirements of the clinician or clinicians, specialty, and location. Our Operations and Implementations teams work with every client to establish implementation timelines for each new program.

To increase the size of an existing medical scribe team, requests should be made through your Client Development Director or your local Elite representative.

How do you measure performance?

Our Quality Assurance team measures the performance of each medical scribe at every location utilizing a rigorous review process that is supported by our IT infrastructure. This ensures an accurate and dynamic analysis of various performance metrics for all medical scribes, their documentation, and work ethic. In addition, every clinician is invited to submit regular reviews, which drive detailed performance improvement plans.

What medical specialties do you cover?

We are the nation’s leader in providing quality medical scribe services to specialties, and currently manage programs in more than 30 different settings.  Our expertise continues to grow and we regularly add new specialties, and cater to the very unique requirements of each.

Can medical scribes assist with order entry (CPOE)?

This is dependent upon the accreditation of each hospital or clinic. Our Compliance Director is available to address the viability of this service based on your location’s unique attributes.

What is the patient’s perception of a scribe?

Our experience and research have shown that patients appreciate the addition of scribes to the medical staff, as it enables their clinician to devote their full attention to them rather than focusing on administrative duties.

Elite has a number of resources to help patients understand the benefits associated with the use of medical scribes.

How can a medical scribe benefit clinicians?

At Elite Medical Scribes, we believe many clinicians can benefit from the use of our medical scribe services.

Our programs positively impact workflow, efficiency, and productivity.  Elite medical scribes complete a number of tasks on behalf of clinicians that significantly reduce the burdens of documentation. As a result, improvements and increases can be seen in a number of areas including:

  • Increased patient throughput
  • More accurate documentation leading to optimized charge capture
  • Greater compliance with core measure documentation
  • Reduced medical errors and risk of litigation
  • Reduced number of patients who leave before receiving medical treatment
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