Work at home medical scribes — this is a new remote job I've been seeing posted quite a bit lately. Today, I decided to do some more digging into what medical scribes do, what they earn, what it takes to become one, and other details you may be interested in.
If you've been interested in working from home in the medical field, this just may be something ideal for you!
What do work at home medical scribes do?
Basically, work at home medical scribes listen to recordings of encounters between doctors and their patients. The job typically involves interpreting and documenting the patient's visit with the doctor into the EMR (Electronic Medical Record). This aids the doctor in keeping electronic records straight so that no important details are missed.
In a way, you are acting as a doctor's personal assistant.
Before medical scribes, doctors were doing this work themselves, and it could eat up a lot of their time during a work day. So working as a scribe, you're saving a doctor a lot of time that could be used for more important things — like seeing additional patients.
Your exact duties as a scribe will vary depending on the company you are working for, but that is a general summary of how it works.
While you can typically do this from home, there may be some companies that have you “shadow” the doctor in real time.
How much do medical scribes make?
According to Salary.com, the average medical scribe earns about $16 hourly. But of course, this will vary greatly depending on your experience and the company you're working for.
What is required to start as a medical scribe?
Most of the companies hiring work at home medical scribes prefer candidates who either already have college degrees or are in the process of obtaining degrees. And if your degree is health-related, chances of landing the job will improve!
Companies generally prefer to hire people who already have an understanding of medical terminology and human anatomy.
Some companies hiring medical scribes will provide training.
Who hires work from home medical scribes?
There are several companies that have remote medical scribe jobs open on a regular basis. I've listed a few of these with some general information on their requirements and pay if they made those details available.
Here are a few companies to check out:
1 – AcQuity Solutions
This company requires at least six months of past experience as a medical scribe before they'll consider you for employment. They do promise a “competitive” wage and benefits. You must already have a college degree or at least be enrolled in college as a junior. AcQuity additionally offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, short-term and long-term disability, 401K savings plan, and paid-time-off.
Go here to apply at AcQuity.
2 – ProScribe
This company requires at minimum a high school diploma. College sophomore status or higher is preferred. They also prefer if you're on a Pre-health career track with the ability to demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology and human anatomy. The openings appear to be limited to Texas. The job page has some scribe openings that say “virtual,” although the descriptions appear to be identical to the non-virtual scribe jobs.
Go here to apply at ProScribe.
3 – ScribeKick
Per their job description, “As a scribe, you will accompany your assigned physician to patient visits, either in-person or virtually. While your physician examines and talks to the patient, you chart directly into the electronic medical record (EMR), in real time. You ensure the accurate and timely documentation of the medical chart.”
As far as education is concerned, they require a Bachelor’s degree, or be a junior or senior working towards a bachelor’s degree in a related field of study. They also prefer some past experience in healthcare or science, but this is not required.
Go here to apply at ScribeKick. Look for the listings that say REMOTE because not all of them are work at home. Note that they do not hire in all states.
4 – Robin Healthcare
Per the job description at Robin Healthcare, you will be documenting patient encounters, navigating electronic medical records, and providing feedback to promote improvement of note-taking systems.
You must be able to work full-time, 35 to 40 hours per week. Medical scribe experience, health care experience, and experience working with EMR's (Electronic Medical Records) is preferred but not required.
Go here to check for remote openings at Robin Healthcare. Note they also do not hire in every state.
5 – Prediction Health
Per the job posting, you will be, “responsible for completing medical provider documentation including the history of present illness, assessment and plan, and other relevant aspects of the note.”
A Bachelor's degree is preferred but not required. You must at minimum have a high school diploma or equivalent. They also are looking for candidates with past experience in medical scribing, transcription, or related fields.
Go here to check for openings at Prediction Health.
You can also check doctor's offices and hospitals locally to see if they have any remote medical scribe jobs available.
Good luck, and please share with us any information you have about working from home as a medical scribe if you've ever done it!
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Originally published on February 26, 2020. Updated and republished on January 19, 2021.