Depending on who you talk to these days, medical scribes are either seen as the saving grace for physicians dissatisfied with the poor usability of electronic health records, or scribes are viewed as “workarounds” impeding much-needed improvements to EHRs.

The growth of the medical scribe industry has been nothing short of astonishing. At least 22 companies currently provide scribe services in 44 states. The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists (ACMSS), the “industry’s only independent certification body for medical scribes,” states that the number of scribes has been doubling annually and predicts that there will be 100,000 scribes by 2020 nationwide, up substantially from about 20,000 this year.

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