If you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your medical practice, you may have thought about hiring a medical scribe. A medical scribe is someone who will take notes during your visit, entering them into the chart for you. That way, when you finish the patient visit, all of the information is already in the chart, and you can simply move on to the next patient. If you are looking for a medical scribe service, you should think about going with a virtual scribe instead.
What are some of the benefits of going with a virtual medical scribe service? Take a look at a few key points below, and make sure you hire the right service to help you.
1. A Greater Perception of Privacy
One of the biggest benefits of working with a virtual medical scribe service is an increased perception of privacy. People expect the utmost privacy when they go to the doctor, and they even keep this information from their spouse (in certain situations). Therefore, it should come as no surprise that many patients might be hesitant if there is a scribe in the room.
If there is a virtual scribe service, there isn’t another physical person in the room. This virtual medical scribe will give the patient the perception of privacy when compared to a physical scribe. This can help the doctor build a better rapport with the patient, and it increases the chances of the patient sharing all the information they need to share with the doctor. This gives the doctor more comprehensive information that they can use to make decisions about patient care.
2. A Scalable Service
Another major benefit of using a virtual medical scribe service is scalability. If your practice suddenly sees a massive influx of patients, do you need to hire more physical scribes to handle the visits? With a virtual medical scribe service, you can simply ask for additional scribes from the service, and they should give you the extra virtual scribes you need. This makes it easier for you to adjust as the patient load ebbs and flows.
3. More Cost-Effective
Going with a virtual medical scribe service is also much more cost-effective. If you have on-site scribes, you may need to provide certain amenities for them in addition to employment that will cost you space and money. This could include an office, a computer, office supplies, and/or health benefits. With a virtual medical scribe, you do not have any such obligation. Furthermore, with a virtual medical scribe service, you can compare the options available to find the most affordable one to meet your needs. This allows you to reduce your overhead expenses.
4. Reduced Functional Creep
With a virtual medical scribe service, you have reduced functional creep. Functional creep refers to taking an employee’s scope of responsibilities and gradually expanding it. Typically, this is unintentional. For example, an in-person medical scribe is often given additional responsibilities that they may not be trained for. This can lead to a lot of risks for the practice. With a virtual medical scribe, the physical separation makes it very hard to expand the responsibilities of that virtual scribe. This distinction increases professionalism and allows each team member to remain focused on their job.
5. Training ONCE and DONE
Training is the biggest challenge of working with a scribe. With a physical scribe when they leave your practice you are then training a new scribe all over again. A virtual scribe service should be able to train staff internally and the transition should be seamless.
If you want to take full advantage of virtual medical scribes, you need to work with the right team to assist you. At DataMatrix Medical, we would be happy to assist you.
Hire the Right Virtual Medical Scribe Service With DataMatrix Medical
If you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your practice, you should consider hiring a virtual medical scribe service. At DataMatrix Medical, it would be our pleasure to work with you to provide you with the medical scribe service you deserve. Datamatrix Medical scribe service includes backup as a standard service. We have a sterling reputation in the industry because of the quality of our service, and we would be glad to show you why. Contact us today to speak to a member of our team.
Nathaniel Smathers, is contributor to the DataMatrix Medical blog with a background in healthcare content creation for over a decade. Nathaniel has a passion for exploring the intersections of healthcare, data analysis, and digital innovation.