What is a Medical Scribe?

A scribe is an unlicensed person hired to enter information into the electronic medical record (EMR) or chart at the direction of a physician or practitioner (Licensed Independent Practitioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant). It is the Joint Commission’s stand that the scribe does not and may not act independently but can document the previously determined physician’s or practitioner’s dictation and/or activities.electronic_medical_record_cart

Scribes also assist the practitioners in navigating the EMR and in locating information such as test results and lab results. They can support work flow and documentation for medical record coding.

As a scribe, you may find employment or contract work in various settings, including physician practices, hospitals, emergency departments, long-term care facilities, long-term acute care hospitals, public health clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Scribes are allowing the physician or practitioner to spend more time with the patient and have accurate documentation. Scribes can be employed by the healthcare organization, the physician or practitioner or be a contracted service.

A qualified, employable scribe comes equipped with a broad range of skills, such as:

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and technical spelling
  • Basic anatomy
  • Familiarization with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules
  • Medico-legal risk mitigation
  • An understanding of the essential elements of documenting a physician-patient encounter and E/M levels
  • Knowledge of federal initiative requirements
  • General knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of medical personnel and billing practices
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • You will also need at least a high school diploma and at least one year of experience in the healthcare field.

A background in Medical Scribing is quickly becoming the standard for pre-medical experience, and is suggested by medical school acceptance committees nationwide. The demand for Medical Scribe services across the country has never been higher.

Become an Avery Scribe!

A medical scribe is the solution to the high demands placed on our clinical providers regarding EHR and charting. Medical scribes are specifically trained to accurately chart the patient encounter in real-time. Avery Scribe training includes a thorough understanding of medical terminology, disease pathology, medications, laboratory/ radiology studies, and the fundamentals of billing and coding.

Avery Scribes come from a diverse array of backgrounds but all share common traits of being detail-oriented, fast and competent learners. Additionally, our scribes universally share an enthusiasm to produce a positive patient care experience.

Are You an Ideal Candidate?