Bringing Informed Consent into the Modern Age of Healthcare
|Wednesday, 30 November 2016|
Due to their increasing familiarity with mobile devices, patients today expect better and faster healthcare services.With 90 percent of American adults owning a mobile device, mobile technologies have undoubtedly permeated our lives in recent years.
The healthcare industry is poised to take advantage of this rapid evolution and adoption, as mobile technologies continue to bring remarkable advances in the way healthcare is delivered and received.
Paper-based processes are not only costly , they are challenging for staff members, who are increasingly pressed for time. Activities such as scanning, retrieving and labeling forms and indexing them with patient records are time-consuming. Additionally, signed consent forms are not instantly available, as the data remains confined to a piece of paper until manually scanned into the system. These lagging processes distract staff, such as nurses, whose core focus should be placed on quality time spent with patients, not tracking down their paperwork.
Taking a standardized approach to the informed consent process is a powerful tool for healthcare staff, and most for patients. eSignature eliminates the risks associated with using an outdated consent form and the liabilities associated with incorrect information, as forms are guaranteed to always be the most up-to-date, approved version.
CLOSING THE REMAINING GAP IN EHR SYSTEMS
EHR systems have created a positive shift in the industry as they have enhanced many critical processes across healthcare enterprises. Yet, there remains a hole that needs to be filled: electronic consents at the bedside. For optimal patient care and for the sake of your healthcare organization’s bottom line, it should be everyone’s goal to find the best solution to fill this gap to maximize quality of care and revenue opportunities.
It is important for HIT decision makers to know that while a successful EHR implementation is a major milestone on the journey to becoming a paperless hospital, a dedicated eForms solution will help hospitals take operational efficiency the extra mile while leaving no paper trail behind.Technology exists today that allows you replace paper forms with electronic forms that offer many benefits to both patients and staff. The eForms are quickly signed by the patient, immediately archived in the EHR, and instantly visible to the care team. When you combine the power of mobile technology to the informed consent process, healthcare workers can deliver better patient care and realize higher levels of productivity.
Is your healthcare organization ready to make the move to an automated mobile consent process?
FormFast offers a solution to improve your informed consent form process whether it’s currently all paper-based or partially automated. FormFast integrates with your EHR system to present the correct documentation for patient signatures on mobile devices – streaming the consent process. The patient can read the form on a tablet, at their bedside, and conveniently sign the form electronically with their finger or stylus. FormFast supports links to educational content embedded in the form to ensure the patient is fully informed of the risks associated with procedures. Staff can then quickly self-sign the form and date-time stamps are automatically applied. Upon the submission of the consent form, it is archived instantly into the EHR preventing lost documentation and making information instantly visible to the care team.
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