Pilot Projects

During the months of January and February, the Department of Family Medicine will be undertaking a six-week pilot project on the use of medical scribes in our academic setting. We look forward to assessing the financial outcomes, as well as potential improvements in patient, physician, and staff satisfaction. Medical scribes have been used in Emergency Departments and Urgent Care settings nationally, but utilizing their service in a Family Medicine setting is a newer, innovative process. The scribe's service provides an interface with the medical record allowing the physician to focus directly on the patient. Essentially a medical scribe will ‘document the visit’ for the physician, thus allowing the documentation of the visit to be completed at the end of the visit. We look forward to seeing and sharing our results in summer 2014.

For additional information, please contact Heather Holmstrom, M.D. at hholmstr@med.umich.edu.