Can medical scribes decrease patient wait time?

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that medical scribes, or specialists who prepare patient medical charts, significantly decrease physician overtime and patient wait time in emergency room settings.

A nine-month randomized experiment in three emergency rooms in the Denver area was designed to determine the causal impact of a scribe’s presence on measures of physician productivity. Research concluded that scribes reduce patient wait times by about 13 minutes per patient. Scribes also greatly decrease the amount of time a physician spends after a shift completing patient charts, lowering overtime costs for emergency departments.

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Antifungals and probiotics could play critical role in new therapeutic approaches for IBD.

Scientists have determined that fungus may play a key role in chronic intestinal inflammation disorders. They found that patients with Crohn’s disease tend to have much higher levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis compared to their healthy family members. A new review looks at these findings and provides insights into potential new therapeutic approaches using antifungals and probiotics in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases.

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Tulane researchers explore brain protein’s potential link to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia.

A Tulane University research team received a two-year grant from the NIH to study the role of a Shox2, a protein in the brain important for development and function of the thalamus. They are exploring Shox2’s potential link to epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia, as abnormal function of the thalamus has been linked to these pathological conditions.

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