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Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical RecordsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified Medical Scribes Support National Trends Toward Full Access to Patient Medical Records

Executive Director, Clinical Informatics/Wellness
American College of Medical Scribe Specialists

(657) 888-2158

ORANGE, Calif., June 27, 2016. In our continuing support of an American health system that revolutionizes clinical care and individualizes patient care, enabling precision care, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists supports moves toward giving patients fully manipulable access to working versions of their full medical records.

In a Healthcare Informatics Article earlier this month titled, “Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use,” American Medical Informatics Association CEO Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D., stated, “…to support things like discovery of new knowledge and to support precision medicine activity, we really do need to make sure that patients have access to their full medical record, in a computable format, not just a PDF format.”

“Precision medicine is evolving rapidly now in specificity to the patient,” said ACMSS Executive Director Kristin Hagen. “It’s individualized medical care and treatment plans involving the physician and patient working as a team toward wellness and prevention in an environment of trust. In order to effectively customize care, both of these team members need to have the full picture, and that means patients need to have full access to working electronic versions of their medical records.”

As a clinical informatics professional who suffered debilitating injuries from both a first- and second-generation airbag accident, and a continuous 19-year arduous paper records search and journey, Hagen pioneered to a complete wellness system, Integrative Medicine, and worked with her  healthcare provider to create a wellness plan, bringing her back to a full recovery. Hagen knows the value of sharing all of the available information. Through two decades of research on her own injuries in a complex and siloed paper-based system, Hagen also knows the frustrations of having insufficient information to even begin to create a customized healthcare plan. Airbag recalls engulf the nation; little known preventive precision care is known to wellness.

“In order to build our 21st century healthcare system, we require a combination of clinical care and technological advances,” Hagen said. “The two must be in balance, creating harmony, and an evolution of choices. The doctor-patient or doctor-client relationship models are key toward successful outcomes, working together. Technology alone will not get a patient well.

Certified Medical Scribe Specialists (CMSS) play a vital role in facilitating precision care, according to Hagen. “Certified scribes provide real-time documentation and increase practice efficiencies in a great number of areas outside of clinical documentation,” she said. “Because of the work of certified medical scribes, providers not only have a more accurate and complete picture of the patient, but they get back the time and attention they need to join the evolution of the outpatient healthcare industry into a patient-centered, integrative system that focuses on prevention, disease reversal and wellness.”  CMS recognizes Certified Medical Scribe Specialists in CEHRT Personnel Measure to document for clinicians, if not the clinician themselves.

Today’s economic investments are building integrative systems in our collaborative 21st century public healthcare system. ACMSS additionally believes that Integrative Medicine is a key piece to the future of healthcare, delivering high-technology clinical care that is customized to each patient for individual wellness. Integrative Medicine systems focus on the whole person, ensuring the individual remains healthy.

ACMSS works in compliance with CMS to meet national goals and initiatives of Meaningful Use, and proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) into Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS).  Building integrative systems for prevention and disease reversal for patient care most heavily impact family practice, primary care, and urgent care, followed by specialities.  MACRA allows the current traditional healthcare system and providers to focus on their much-needed goals today in independent practices of working to assist patients in disease reversal and prevention toward wellness.

Please contact ACMSS directly at info@theacmss.org or 657-888-2158 if you have any questions, in addition to purchasing standardized Volume Certification Packages across healthcare, meeting national goals together.


The American College of Medical Scribe Specialists is the nation’s only nonprofit professional society representing more than 17,000 Medical Scribes in over 1,700 medical institutions. ACMSS partners with academic institutions, non-profit partners, and medical scribe corporations to offer both education-to-certification and employment-to-certification pathways. ACMSS advances the needs of the medical scribe industry through certification, public advocacy, and continuing education. To learn more about ACMSS, please visit: theacmss.org

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