Medical scribes and the EHR in the small physician practice
Originally Published In
Journal of Medical Practice Management
Small physician practices are the cornerstone of many communities. Despite the increasing use of the electronic health record (EHR), many questions remain as to how the EHR will affect the small physician practice. A modified Delphi study was used to investigate the potential effects of the EHR on the small physician practice. Fifteen decision-makers in small physician practices explored the role of the medical scribe in the EHR era. The expert panel indicated the use of a medical scribe might offset concerns about the EHR’s reduced patient volume and face-to-face time. More small physician practice research needs to be completed, but it appears that medical scribes have the potential to offset challenges that are being seen in the small physician practice.