Electronic healthcare records have added to a doctor's workload to the point where a doctor may spend almost half of an appointment entering data, often devoting a mere 28 percent of the time to examinations and treatment. This creates a serious problem; less interaction between doctor and patient increases the risk of misdiagnosis, but medical information recorded during appointments is the most accurate.
Medical scribes offer a solution. In this emerging new healthcare career, medical scribes manage data entry during medical examinations. Freed from the need to record data, doctors can focus their attention directly on patients.
Becoming a Medical Scribe is a training manual for those interested in a career as a medical scribe. Under the experienced tutelage of medical office administrator Nancy Smith, you'll discover the skills and knowledge medical scribes need to succeed, from basic anatomy and pharmacological terms to medical coding, billing, and reimbursement.
While being a medical scribe is a fulfilling occupation in and of itself, it also improves a candidate's chances of being admitted to medical school, nursing programs, and physician assistant programs. It's a career that opens doors, whether you're just entering the healthcare field or seeking new applications for your existing healthcare experience.
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About the Author
Nancy Smith has spent twenty years working as a medical office administrator. A certified coder with a bachelor's degree in vocational education, Smith has trained both front- and back-office staff. She has worked at all levels of administrative healthcare, including as a coder, coding manager, transcription editor, insurance claims specialist, and medical records abstractor.
Smith has taught allied health programs at the community college level. She developed the medical assistant program and medical-billing-and-coding program for two career colleges. She is currently a subject matter expert for a national company offering online medical training programs.