Dear FSM Patients,
In order to serve you better and to help avoid long wait times to see me, I have chosen to hire a Medical Scribe to improve your care and allow me to give you more attention during our visits. Since the implementation of our own electronic medical record and due to the new requirements from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, I have had to spend hours each night after work documenting, typing or dictating our visits together. Our medical scribe is a skilled internationally trained physician and is bound by the same professional and confidentiality requirements as anyone at the Fraser Street Medical Team. The medical scribe will be working with me during all visits and telephone calls to improve your care. As always, I am responsible for all of your medical care and decision-making and please understand that the Medical Scribe’s role is to assist me in providing care to you. If you have any concerns, please speak to me in private. Thank you for your understanding and support in our quest to be an innovative and leaders in care.
Dr. Ngui, Family Physician
What Does a Medical Scribe Do?
A medical scribe serves as an important part of the medical team by assisting physicians. The primary responsibility of a medical scribe is documenting, ordering labs, helping to put together referrals during provider-patient encounters. The medical scribe follows the physician into patient rooms and documents relevant notes and medical data that traditionally would be recorded by the provider. Medical scribes assist in the organization of patient information in the electronic health record (EHR) prior and during each patient encounter allowing providers to provide more care during patient visits. By relieving the physician of the burden of taking the notes and documenting themselves, the provider will be able to focus all their attention on the patient, which ultimately leads to higher patient and provider satisfaction and increased efficiency and effectiveness.