IT professionals and clinicians from more than 100 hospitals across the country joined us this week for a webinar on implementing patient electronic signature across the enterprise. Jenni Mihm, clinical forms specialist with Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., was joined by Kristen Gibbins, business analyst, and Louis Gilletti, senior business analyst, with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla. The three offered a candid look at what did and didn’t work during their enterprise-wide rollouts of patient eSignature technology, as well as insight on what they wish they’d known.

We took a quick three-question poll during the webinar to get a better understanding of what our attendees are tackling. We’re sharing the results so you can see how your hospital compares to others nationwide.

Access first asked participants to tell us which electronic health record or records their hospital uses. The responses broke down like this:  

  • 9% use Cerner
  • 23% use Epic
  • 67% use MEDITECH
  • 11% use a vendor(s) that’s not listed

(Total percentage is greater than 100 due to hospitals with more than one EHR vendor)

Next, we asked survey participants to tell us about their patient experience at Registration. Specifically, if paper consent forms were being used at Registration or if their hospital had an eSignature solution. Here’s what they said:

  • More than 51% of respondents said patients sign all paper forms at Registration
  • About 34% said patients sign all electronic forms at Registration using an eSignature solution

Finally, we asked attendees to tell us how clinical bedside consents are handled at their hospital. This response definitely caught our eye.

A whopping 96% of respondents said that paper forms are still the preferred method, regardless of the EHR used in their hospital.

You read that right: Nearly every person who took our poll said they don’t have an eSignature solution for bedside consents – they’re still relying on paper.

You can watch this week’s complete webinar to hear the in-the-trenches perspectives from PMC and Halifax Health, and to learn how the two hospitals have changed since going paperless.

Access wants to help your hospital avoid problems caused by paper. That’s why we’re hosting a series of webinars in February on topics that matter to you:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, Noon EST: Best Tablet and Peripherals Playbook for Hospitals

There’s no shortage of tablets in the marketplace but that doesn’t mean they’re all right for your hospital. Attend this webinar to learn how PMC and Halifax Health selected and implemented tablets. The webinar will cover everything from tablet selection to cases to storage to security to how to keep devices sanitized. If your hospital is considering tablets, you won’t want to miss this. Register today.

EHR-Integrated Bedside Patient Signature Solution

We wrap our webinar series with sessions tailored to specific EHRs. We’ll discuss the bedside eSignature solution for MEDITECH and Epic users. And, a Cerner leader will introduce the new Cerner Forms Suite for bedside patient eSignature. Sign up today for the webinar tailored to the EHR(s) in your hospital:

Tuesday, Feb. 18, Noon EST: MEDITECH users

Wednesday, Feb. 19, Noon EST: Epic users

Tuesday, Feb. 25, Noon EST: Cerner users

Join us for these – free – upcoming webinars. Don’t skip the chance to hear first-hand accounts from your peers, to learn best practices and about resources that can help your hospital avoid common missteps.


Cody Strate

Written by Cody Strate

For more than 10 years, Cody has helped healthcare organizations worldwide eliminate the costs and risks of paper through e-forms and e-signature solutions. In addition to helping others achieve their paperless goals, Cody finds time to put his biochemistry degree to work in the kitchen testing out new recipes on his unsuspecting family.