The push to develop and deploy EMRs, combined with the need for more detailed documentation, has forced emergency medicine (EM) and hospital medicine (HM) providers to spend extra time during patient visits capturing and entering data, which could impact the time they have to give care to the patient.

A solution to increase provider efficiency is the use of medical scribes or a speech-to-text EMR dictation resource.

“It is important for hospitals to support methods that improve provider efficiency, productivity, and documentation. That includes both scribes and dictation resources,” said David Schillinger, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, SCP.

Scribes work as on-premise or virtual assistants to EM and HM physicians and are responsible for entering information into the medical record with the doctor's oversight.

"A benefit of scribes is that they can look up details, such as: what's in old records, nurse’s notes, medications the patient is taking, and things the doctor...