Medical Scribe Software Gives Doctors Hours Back In Their Day – Here's How They're Spending It
DeepScribe’s AI medical scribe saves doctors as much as three hours a day on medical documentation alone. That’s three hours that doctors can spend doing more of the things they love
In answer to the documentation burden plaguing today’s physicians, medical scribe software has become increasingly commonplace in medical practices across the globe. This is due in large part to its ability to operate autonomously while delivering complete and accurate notes directly to an EHR - greatly reducing the overall time physicians must spend in front of a computer screen.
In fact, DeepScribe’s AI medical scribe saves doctors as much as three hours a day on medical documentation alone. That’s three hours that doctors can spend doing more of the things they love.
So what are doctors doing with all this new found free time? We posed this question to our customers – here is what we found out.
Returning To Patient-Centered Care.
Rather than spending patient appointments entering data into an EHR, medical scribe software empowers doctors to stop typing, look up from the computer, and connect more genuinely with the patient in front of them.
“DeepScribe has allowed us to do what led us to medicine in the first place,” says Dr. Ravi Mallavarapu, a gastroenterologist at Cedar Valley Digestive Health Center in Waterloo, IA. “That’s empathetic listening and caring for the patient.”
Research shows that when doctors spend more time on patient care and less time on administrative tasks they greatly reduce their risk for burnout. Research also links increased patient-physician interactions to better patient outcomes overall.
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Seeing Additional Patient Visits.
For many of our customers, the time-savings gained from medical scribe software unlocks a huge revenue opportunity. Dr. BV Chandramouli, a cardiologist based in San Jose, CA, added an additional appointment slot to his daily schedule after bringing DeepScribe’s medical scribe software into his practice and turned his time-savings into an extra $700 revenue a week.
Similarly, Dr. Pinkal Patel, a family medicine doctor and owner of Oviedo Family Health Center, noticed a substantial increase in his daily bandwidth. Over time, his average patient volume increased by 2 patients a day – still allowing him to catch up on patient calls and make it home in time for family dinner. Which brings us to the third way our customers enjoy spending their time-savings...
Spending Time With Family.
Doctors are notoriously busy people and their hectic schedules often come at a cost to their personal lives. Throughout our conversations, we heard time and time again about the many soccer practices, school performances, and family dinners that our customers missed out on before delegating their documentation to DeepScribe’s medical scribe software.
According to Dr. Sharon Lemmons, managing partner of Lemon Tree Family Medicine in Anchorage, Alaska, “when I noticed that I was missing out on milestones in my personal life, like helping my kids with homework or attending my son’s cross-country ski race, I knew I needed to come up with a more efficient documentation process.”
With DeepScribe’s streamlining their documentation process, our doctors are making up for lost time. “I’m actually getting home in time to go to my kid’s soccer practice and talk to my daughter who’s off in college. I can spend time with my wife. It’s not only cost-savings, it’s a social and mental health saver,” says Dr. Patel.
Recommended Reading: Dr. Sharon Lemmons Maintains High Quality Care Without Sacrificing Family Time.
Practicing Self Care.
The unfortunate reality of a high stress, high stakes healthcare profession is that doctors don’t always practice what they preach. They advise their patients to follow simple self care practices – exercising regularly, eating healthily, practicing good sleep habits – but their demanding work schedules keep them from following their own advice.
With the time-savings they get back from medical scribe software, many of our doctors are investing more time into self care. They know it's important not only for themselves but for the patients they serve. As Dr. Patel puts it, “If your brain is in a rut, you may not be making the best decisions. DeepScribe has given me the time to take care of myself - so that I can take care of my patients.”
Curious what you can spend more time doing with medical scribe software? Let’s find out!