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Become A Medical Scribe

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Working As A Medical Scribe

  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $63,565

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Scribe Do At Community Health Systems

* Record a physician-directed patient history of present illness (HPI), past medical history (PMH), family and/or social history and physical examination (PE), including pertinent positives and negatives.
* Record procedures and the results of laboratory tests and radiographic images.
* Improve the efficiency of patient care by assisting the physician with routine matters.
* Serve as an ambassador/liaison between the physician, the patient and staff.
* The Scribe will function at all times under a physician's direct supervision, and will abide by all applicable Steward policies and procedures including, but not limited to, safety matters, HIPAA-compliance and patient/computer confidentiality

What Does A Medical Scribe Do At GW Medical Faculty Associates

* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Must be able to document written, typed and/or computer medical information in to the electronic medical record system.
* Must be able to transcribe the spoken word into words, symbols and terms which reflects the medical assessment of the clinical practitioners.
* Must be able to distinguish between the different forms of medical results and physical findings and appropriately document them.
* Must be able to assist the attending physician with routine office visit activities.
* Must be able to effectively communicate with clinical and non-clinical personnel.
* Proficient in data entry via a computer

What Does A Medical Scribe Do At Unitedhealth Group

Accompany provider into patient examination room to document history and physical exam (H&P) in EMR during the patient interview and examination Document the physician dictated patient history, including history of present illness, review of systems, past medical and surgical history, family or social histories, medications and allergies Transcribe or record patient orders as dictated by provider where applicable Assist in completing charts by transcribing results of any lab, x-ray and other evaluations Document any consultations and discussions with the patients’ family and the patients Document or records procedures done by provider in the course of the patient visit Assist in other non-clinical or administrative function

What Does A Medical Scribe Do At Cedars-Sinai

* Transcribes history and other relevant medical information, recorded by patient, into electronic medical record.
* Reviews and reconcile patient’s medication and allergy list as recorded by patient.
* Accurately documents patient encounter based on physician’s verbal dictation.
* Performs a variety of clerical tasks such as:
* Encounter reconciliation.
* Informs physician if pertinent information is missing from documentation i.e., transcription, history information, and review of systems.
* Responsible for maintaining physician to physician written communication, making sure letters go out in a timely manner, to the correct addressee.
* Prints out dictated and transcribed letter and returns to physicians for editing.
* Coordinates physician edits and corrections.
* Makes corrections as requested, returns to physician for review, then faxes or mails the final letter to referring physicians.
* Provides backup for scribe, PSRs, and Medical Assistants, if qualified.
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Medical Scribe Do At Firelands Regional Medical Center

* accompanying patients to exam/procedure room, assisting patients with transfers, dressing, collecting specimens, preparing
* for exam, and assess patient’s general condition, particularly the acutely ill patient and ensures that needs are met 10.
* Performs all nursing duties, collecting history, vital signs, and assist physician(s) with examinations, diagnostic procedures, and treatments,
* and provide direct patient care as ordered 11.
* Obtains prior authorizations and pre-certifications as needed 12.
* Manages referrals through EMR 13.
* Documents all interventions, patient/family responses, medication dispensed or prescribed and hospital data in
* the electronic medical record 14.
* Follows all incentive guidelines by helping the practice meet a variety of incentive program goals, including Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Home 15.
* Helping to assure physician notes can be locked by the end
* of the day, which will help the physician meet Meaningful Use measures 16.
* Labeling, documenting, and tracking all specimens or tests ordered/received following set standards and reporting all test results to the physician 17.
* Charting patient encounter day
* of visit to ensure documented, organized and chronological medical record with the submission of timely, accurate and complete information to the Central Billing Office 18.
* Promotes wellness by providing patient education materials and communicating the physicians’
* advice and instructions to patients/families and assisting with scheduling appointments, tests or procedures serving as a role model for customer service 19.
* Fulfilling environment responsibilities by setting up instruments and equipment according to protocol
* and cleaning exam/procedure rooms between patient visits adhering to infection control/safety guidelines 20.
* Cleaning of medical equipment, including sterilizer, according to scheduled maintenance program and keeping appropriate records, requesting maintenance
* when needed to ensure patient safety, timely repairs and proper functioning of medical office equipment 21.
* Organizing, storing and restocking of supplies in exam/procedure rooms and maintains an inventory system to ensure adequate levels of supplies with
* emphasis on patient care and cost containment 22.
* Demonstrates Competence related to the application of our core values.
* Practices all facets of Health & Safety 24.
* Demonstrates competence in leadership, communication, professionalism, organizational and
* analytical skills, and technical/professional skills and knowledge in performance of duties and responsibilities rendered to the customer population served.
* OTHER TASKS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Demonstrates Service Excellence and ACE.
* Performs other duties,
* as assigned.

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How To Become A Medical Scribe

Health information technicians typically need a postsecondary certificate to enter the occupation, although some may need an associate’s degree. Certification is often required.


Postsecondary certificate and associate’s degree programs in health information technology typically include courses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, health data requirements and standards, classification and coding systems, healthcare reimbursement methods, healthcare statistics, and computer systems. Applicants to health information technology programs may increase their chances of admission by taking high school courses in health, computer science, math, and biology.

A high school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in a healthcare setting are enough to qualify for some positions, but most jobs for health information technicians require postsecondary education.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Health information technicians must be able to understand and follow medical records and diagnoses, and then decide how best to code them in a patient’s medical records.

Detail oriented. Health information technicians must be accurate when recording and coding patient information.

Integrity. Health information technicians work with patient data that are required, by law, to be kept confidential. They must exercise caution and a strong sense of ethics when working with this information in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Interpersonal skills. Health information technicians need to be able to discuss patient information, discrepancies, and data requirements with other professionals such as physicians and finance personnel.

Technical skills. Health information technicians must be able to use coding and classification software and the electronic health record (EHR) system that their healthcare organization or physician practice has adopted.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most employers prefer to hire health information technicians who have certification, or they may expect applicants to earn certification shortly after being hired. A health information technician can earn certification from several organizations. Certifications include the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others.

Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Many coding certifications also require coding experience in a work setting. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses.

A few states and facilities require cancer registrars to be licensed. Licensure requires the completion of a formal education program and the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) certification.


Health information technicians may advance to other health information positions by receiving additional education and certifications. Technicians may be able to advance to a position as a medical or health services manager after completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program and taking the required certification courses. Requirements vary by facility.

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Medical Scribe Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Urdu

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Vietnamese

  • Gujarati

  • Greek

  • Bulgarian

  • Somali

  • Bosnian

  • Cantonese

  • Hebrew

  • Tagalog

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Top Medical Scribe Skills

  1. Past Medical History
  2. Emergency Room
  3. Electronic Medical Record
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Documented chief complaint, past medical history, review of systems, exam, and radiology reports
  • Served as a liaison between nursing staff, admissions staff and patients to the emergency room physicians.
  • Entered data into electronic medical records as doctors dictated while performing exams on patients.
  • Assisted during medical procedures executed by emergency provider.
  • Documented physical exam findings along with medical plan of the provider.

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