Over the past few weeks, we have covered how a single paper-based informed consent process experienced failures at every possible turn, and today we are going to cover the single failsafe that it all came down to. There are several lessons to learn about what not to do in this particular paper-based informed consent calamity, but there is one lesson that stands supreme in the category of "lessons to learn."
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For over 20 years, Access eForms has helped thousands of hospitals across the globe convert their paper-based consent processes into fully electronic workflows facilitated by patient electronic signature. Throughout these years, breakdowns at hospital sites facilitated the need for our technology and services. After all, necessity is the mother of invention, and often medical malpractice lawsuits associated with patient consent forms serve as the necessary driving force of innovation. While we have seen many issues, few of them reached the level of calamity as exhibited by the informed consent process that went terribly wrong for the University of Wisconsin Medical Center just a few years ago. In this installment of the blog series, we're focusing on the simple yet profoundly challenging issue of how a single piece of paper can only be in one place at one time.
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When we think of a successful technology project, we often consider whether the technology is functioning as intended, but that is only half of the story. Just as “to err is human” is often said regarding the propensity of the inevitable failings of humans, “to break is to technology” could be said of the technology humans create. When technologies fail, however, the value of quality professional services saves the day.
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For over 20 years, Access has provided patient electronic signature technology solutions tailor made for healthcare applications. Our most recent focus has been on a patient electronic signature platform that is the only vendor needed for any application of eSignature across all departments in a hospital. As a result of offering enterprise-class solutions that can serve the needs of every department, we have observed certain technology deployment strategies some better than others. In this article, we hope to impart some of our hard-earned lessons in the hope that you can achieve success faster and more consistently with your technology projects.
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In his book Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity, Scott Galloway explains how the pandemic compressed a ten-year period into the span of a single year, making “non-essential” businesses become essential and “essential” business even more so. Some companies were propelled forward while others were forced to shutter their doors. Hospitals, however, made for an interesting case study during the pandemic--they were essential to their communities, but their primary revenue streams, largely associated with surgical services and elective procedures, were cut off.
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As we continue to push into 2021 and put 2020 further in our rear-view mirror, we are beginning to see the pandemic numbers turn in our favor. At the time of drafting this article, 64,177,474 vaccine doses have been administered in the US, which effectively covers 20% of the population. On January 9, 2021, the US logged 300,619 new cases of COVID-19, compared to 59,462 new cases as of Feb 22, 2021--an 81% decrease. These are promising trends, but does this mean we are returning to normal? We surveyed a collection of hospital employees to get their take on things, and the results are fascinating.
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Paper-based consent forms have always been the standard for hospitals—until now. An increasing number of hospitals are searching for an electronic signature solution that enables them to present their patients with eSignature capture options in order to eliminate paper, improve the patient experience, speed up the registration process, and provide a more secure process. While electronic signature solutions such as Docusign are commonplace in other aspects of our everyday lives, they may not always be a good fit for the incredibly unique needs of a healthcare environment. At Access, we have over 20 years of healthcare-focused and HIPAA-compliant eSignature experience. In helping over 1,000 hospitals across the globe, we have learned everything there is to know about successfully implementing eSignature technology, and we want to share those insights with you here.
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So, it is not a stretch to say that 2020 has sucked, and we are all excited to get it behind us. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services the national hospital use is currently at 70.1% of inpatient beds and 60.14% of ICU beds. With story after story about how hospitals are downsizing their workforces amidst this increased national use of hospital resources, it is clear hospitals are trying to do more with less. Considering that, on average, the Operating Room generates 70% of a hospital’s total revenue and elective procedures are down 30%-55% in 2020, these further highlights that hospitals are operating in survival mode.
Topics: eSignature ROI Electronic Signature revenue Hospital
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Since the HITECH Act of 2009, hospitals have rapidly moved away from traditional paper-based processes towards paperless processes. Never before has the healthcare industry seen such a period of technological advancements and adoption over a relatively short period of time. For all these paperless advancements, however, there are still consistent “paper-gaps” within hospitals. This is very important because what this tells us is that hospitals generally are still struggling with the same paper-based processes. Electronic health record (EHR) systems (i.e., Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH) are wonderful at tackling clinical documentation, but they are less focused on digitizing the processes that can occur between the hospital and the patient. This results in paper-based consent forms, questionnaires, government forms, and so on.
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The Progression Towards Patient Electronic Signature
For over two decades, Access has helped hospitals move away from pre-printed forms and sticky labels to paperless processes supported by healthcare-focused patient e-Signature technology solutions. In the beginning of our journey as a healthcare company, hospitals were happy to simply have a forms-on-demand printing solution with dynamic bar-coding capabilities that would eliminate the vast stockpiles of pre-printed forms and prevent them from having to use sticky labels to apply patient information to a form. Pre-printed form issues were costly for all hospitals, but they were especially costly for multi-hospital systems, as forms management proved to have significant logistical challenges. For many years, these solutions were the primary value that Access eForms had to offer. However, in this industry, you have to innovate or die, and we chose the former over the latter. To that end, our next big focus was to help hospitals not just replace pre-printed forms with forms that could be printed on demand, but rather eliminate paper entirely with our paperless solutions.
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New studies coming out of Australia now suggest that COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for up to 28 days. This alarming news poses significant implications for healthcare organizations. In a recent webinar regarding contactless check-in solutions, we asked the audience about their primary interests regarding implementation of contactless check-in solutions for their hospitals.