Medical scribes working in three emergency departments in the Denver metro area helped to significantly reduce patient wait times as well as the amount of time ER physicians spent after their shifts completing patient charts, thereby lowering overtime costs.

That’s the finding of a nine-month randomized controlled trial funded by scribe vendor Essia Health (now owned by ScribeAmerica) and independently conducted by the University of Colorado Denver. The results were published online this week in the America Journal of Health Economics.

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