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EMR Scribes, EMR Big Brother, Right Tool for Right Job, and MU’s Affect on EMR Adoption

Posted on September 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


I’ve heard more and more people proclaiming the value of scribes with their EMR. Certainly many are leery of the costs associated with scribes, but I don’t know anyone who has tried a scribe and been disappointed with the choice.


Far too often when we’re in technology we think that we have to always look for a tech solution to the problem. It is often the case that technology will take part in some part of a solution, but far too often we try and over architect a technology solution. Instead of implementing more technology we need to implement the right technology. Often that means choosing simpler technology.


I think this is an important question. I’m sure cutting MU would cause a lot of shock waves in the industry, but I don’t know many people who would stop their EHR use because MU was gone. I don’t know many that are implementing an EHR that would stop if MU was gone. I don’t think MU will be stopped, but I still think a delay is likely.

EMR Tea Party, EMR Scribes, Older MDs, and MU+

Posted on November 11, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.


This tweet is a little self serving since it links to my post on EMR and EHR about what I call the EMR Tea Party. Although, Charles Webster, MD’s response was too funny not to share. I haven’t seen any pitchforks or torches yet, and someone commented that Tea Party is a tainted term that shouldn’t be used, but I think there are some parallels.


EMR Scribes seem to be growing slowly in popularity. $10/hour does seem low for someone who needs to have some clinical understanding and more important clinical vocabulary. However, I imagine if the cost goes too high, then no doctor would ever get a scribe.


I think there’s definitely a gulf between those doctors that can type and those that can’t. Age is definitely correlated to typing speed. Although, I’m not sure I agree that tabets are the answer to this problem. One thing that is certain is that EMRs in their current form aren’t using an optimized UI for tablets. We’ll see if any EMR can bridge the tablet UI and make the case for touchscreen documentation by doctors. I’m skeptical that a nice tablet UI can replace type/text for most doctors.


This is a very interesting tweet from John Sharp. He’s right in many regards. There are plenty of elements of HITECH that don’t get enough exposure, but I’m not sure how many of those other HITECH elements really move the needle.

EHR Use Compensation, Scribes, Healthcare Interoperability, and EMR Marriage

Posted on June 3, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

We’ve got a great roundup of tweets this weekend. I’ve found a wide variety of tweets with some really interesting opinions and comments. Some of them were quite shocking when I read them. Others made me laugh out loud literally. I think you’ll enjoy many of them. Plus, I’ll add a bit of commentary to the tweets to add a little extra value to the tweets and the comments made in the tweets.

Let me know what you think of the weekly Twitter round up posts. I think they provide a bunch of interesting comments and perspectives. Let me know if you love them, hate them or something in between.


This one just made me laugh. I’m not sure all the background on the tweet, but I’m sure every doctors I know would laugh at the idea of providers getting compensated for the time they spend on EMR/EHR. I guess you could twist the EHR incentive that way, but that’s far from the same as being compensated for EHR. Unlike some, I do think there are benefits to EMR & EHR use. Although, even then I wouldn’t use the word compensation.


I disagree with this tweet putting research in the bad section. Sure, the current crop of EHR won’t realize the full possibilities in research areas, but it does provide more opportunities than paper for research.

The scribes are an intriguing solution. I think younger doctors won’t care too much for scribes in most cases. However, I think scribes could become very popular in more and more situations. It does help to preserve the physician-patient interaction.


I still wish the EHR incentives would have been for interoperability. EHR adoption would have been a side effect of this incentive. Water under a bridge at this point.


I shared this link to a series of articles I wrote a while back. I was glad that Elin enjoyed the post and so did many others. I’m sure that those new to this blog will enjoy it too.