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Journal Article

The evolving role of medical scribe: variation and implications for organizational effectiveness and safety.

Woodcock D, Pranaat R, McGrath K, et al. Studies in health technology and informatics. 2017;234:382-388.

The use of scribes, nonclinical staff who aid clinicians by entering information into electronic health records (EHRs), has increased markedly in the past few years. This qualitative study used interviews with clinicians, administrators, and scribes to develop a sociotechnical framework for the role of scribes with relation to the EHR. A prior commentary suggested that scribes represent a workaround that may inhibit the development of more advanced and user-friendly EHRs.