In the second segment of our webinar series, we asked participants from about 100 hospitals nationwide to tell us about their patient experience at Registration. Specifically, if they’re using paper Informed Consents or if their hospital has an eSignature solution.

Here’s what they said:

  • 43% said patients sign paper forms only at Registration
  • 43% said they use an electronic forms solution with an LCD screen to capture signatures
  • 13% said they use tablets at Registration with an eSignature solution

We then asked about patient experience at the bedside. We wondered if participants were using paper bedside consents in their hospitals or if they had an eSignature solution.

The results revealed:

  • 85% said patients sign paper forms only at the bedside
  • 9% said they have an electronic forms solution with an LCD screen to capture signatures
  • 6% said they use tablets at the bedside with an electronic patient signature solution

So what do the poll results tell us?

Since most hospitals are already paperless in the clinical setting, and more appear to be moving that way at Registration, the likely next step for many on the paperless journey is with bedside patient eSignature solutions – which means researching, buying and implementing tablets.

With tablets top-of-mind, we invited two clients to join our webinar who know first-hand what it takes to implement these devices. Our audience had a chance to hear from Jenni Mihm, clinical forms specialist with Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., as well as Kristen Gibbins, business analyst, and Louis Gilletti, senior business analyst, with Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Our speakers gave participants candid insights on how to embark on a successful tablet project. They talked openly about what did and didn’t work at their hospitals, shared critical lessons learned along the way, and even said what they’d do differently if their hospitals were to deploy more devices.  

Audience members walked away with a “roadmap for a roll out” – as PMC and Halifax Health shared:

  • How to pick a device that’s right for the healthcare setting
  • The importance of cases in preventing hospital associated illnesses
  • What to think about when it comes to storing and charging tablets
  • How to ensure the security of devices

Watch the full webinar for a roadmap that can guide your hospital as it embarks on a tablet implementation. You’ll hear more best practices that are critical to a successful tablet implementation and that will save your hospital leadership time, money and a lot of hassle.

RELATED: Read the tablet playbook we created with PMC and Halifax Health for even more ideas on how to ensure a smooth device deployment.

Still to come

Access continues its month-long free webinar series designed to help your hospital avoid the problems caused by paper. Hear candid insights, lessons learned and best practices from peers that will help your hospital navigate all phases of the paperless journey. Don’t miss the last topic in our series:

EHR-Integrated Bedside Patient Signature Solution

We wrap the series with webinars 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


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.