Paper Consent Forms Can Delay Surgeries. Here’s How Electronic Signatures Can Help Your Hospital Avoid This.

     

The news is in on paper consent forms. And it isn’t good. A comprehensive study conducted by JAMA found that 66% of patients were missing signed consent forms at surgery and that this caused a delay for 14% of operative cases.

Imagine waiting for surgery and being told, "Sorry, we can't go ahead yet because we're having a forms management issue." It would be unacceptable for you as the patient and could compromise your health. In the case of an emergency, it could even put your life in jeopardy. From the hospital’s perspective, such delays could be a massive liability issue and a threat to your facility’s reputation that could prove very damaging in an increasingly competitive healthcare market.

Imagine waiting for surgery and being told, "Sorry, we can't go ahead yet because we're having a forms management issue." It would be unacceptable for you as the patient and could compromise your health. In the case of an emergency, it could even put your life in jeopardy. From the hospital’s perspective, such delays could be a massive liability issue and a threat to your facility’s reputation that could prove very damaging in an increasingly competitive healthcare market.

Fortunately, this issue is completely avoidable if your hospital starts capturing consent signatures electronically with Access's e-Signatures. Greater Baltimore Medical Center deployed a paperless registration and bedside consent process to enhance the patient experience and save staff 455 work days a year. By converting a printed patient consent form into a 100 percent electronic one, Hilo Medical Center saves $228,375 annually.

Watch the video below to see how we can help your hospital eliminate delay, speed care delivery and improve patient satisfaction.

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About The Author - Clayton Homme

A former college football player, Clayton is adept at tackling the paper challenges that hospitals face. He works with current customers to ensure that they’re getting the most out of their e-forms and e-signature solutions. Clayton also analyzes MVPs (most valuable processes)—enhancing customers’ clinical and administrative workflows.

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