Patent-pending handoff feature enables patients and clinicians to apply electronic signatures from iPads and other mobile devices

Access today announced that it has released eSignatures 8.0, the latest version of its healthcare industry-leading patient electronic signatures solution. This latest version provides unique functionality that enables hospital staff in surgical services, radiology, admissions, and any other clinical department to collect secure electronic signatures on procedural and other consents, registration packets, and any other eForm in seconds, and then send these directly into the electronic medical record (EMR). Hospitals are also using the solution to speed forms-focused processes in human resources (HR), accounts payable (HR), materials management, and other back office departments.

“With Access eSignatures 8.0, hospitals collect all the required authorizations needed for surgical consents and other documents in seconds—and in a way that’s quick and convenient for patients and clinicians alike,” said Access founder and CEO Tim Elliott. “The solution helps ensure there’s no interruption in care delivery, increases patient satisfaction, and makes every signed eForm immediately available via the EMR.”

A study published in JAMA Surgery  found that 66% of patients were missing signed consent forms at surgery and that this caused a delay for 14% of operative cases. One Access customer told Access that such incomplete documentation issues delay surgeries by an average of 30 minutes, at a cost of $60 per minute. When hundreds or even thousands of procedures are delayed each year, this amounts to a significant amount of wasted money, not to mention the time and effort needed to obtain the necessary forms and signatures, and the negative impact on patient care. Missing documentation can also contribute to the additional cost of nursing overtime.

Access eSignatures solves this costly issue, ensuring that consents are fully completed and signed prior to each operative procedure and allowing patients to sign from their beds when necessary. New and updated features in the latest release include:

> Patent-pending handoff function enables patients and clinicians to electronically sign eForms on iPads and other mobile devices in surgical services, radiology, admissions and other departments

> Proven integration with EMR systems from Epic, Cerner, MEDITECH, athenahealth, and more

> Automated workflow allows collection of additional information during the signing process by routing the signed eForm to other staff for signature or review

> Centralized management of all eForms that require signatures in one, web-based platform—Access Passport

> Easily managed version control and compliance issues, providing access only the latest eForm versions

About Access

For more than 15 years, Access has developed electronic forms management solutions that eliminate the unnecessary expense, risk and inefficiency of paper forms. Our 100 percent paperless technology enables organizations in any industry to capture, manage, sign and share forms data without printing or scanning. Learn more at



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