10 Ways How Digital Signatures for Patient Consent is Revolutionizing the Healthcare Sector4 min read

Digital Signatures for Patient Consent

As healthcare providers adapt to new technologies and regulations, it’s vital to re-evaluate traditional practices and consider new solutions. One area ripe for innovation is the process of obtaining consent digital signatures for patient consent. 

Many healthcare organizations still rely on legacy solutions, such as paper forms, verbal consent or clickwrap solutions, which may not be sufficient in today’s environment. You can transform your healthcare organization with Digital Signatures for Patient Consent to streamline patient documentation processes and reduce compliance issues. 

Digital Signatures for Patient Consent

Here are the ten ways in which digital signatures for patient consent are revolutionizing the healthcare sector

1. Inefficient Process

According to a survey by the National Health Council, 40% of patients reported that paperwork and administrative tasks were the most significant barriers to accessing Healthcare. Patients often spend more time filling out paperwork than engaging with their healthcare providers. 

By using digital signatures for patient consent, we can make the process faster and more efficient while also freeing up time for more meaningful patient-provider interactions. 

2. Compliance Issues

According to a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) survey, only 40% of healthcare organizations reported being fully compliant with HIPAA regulations. Using outdated patient consent solutions that do not meet the latest regulations puts healthcare providers at risk of legal action and fines, not to mention damage to their reputation. 

3. Lack of Security

Patient data is one of the most valuable assets of any healthcare organization, and we must do everything in our power to protect it. Using outdated patient consent solutions that do not provide adequate security features puts patient data at risk. 

4. Limited Accessibility

According to the US Census Bureau, about 1 in 4 adults in the US have some disability. By using digital patient consent solutions that provide accessibility features, we can ensure that all patients can fully participate in their healthcare decisions. 

5. Missed Opportunities for Engagement

Patients who used an interactive digital patient consent solutions had higher levels of understanding and recall of their treatment options than those who used traditional paper forms. Using digital tools for consent allows us to engage patients more meaningfully and ensure that they fully understand the risks and benefits of their treatment options. 

6. Clickwrap Alternatives

Healthcare administration experts have found that simply selecting an “I Agree” checkbox at the bottom of a webpage does not adequately allow the patient or representative to accept or reject consent. The current methodology marginally meets the legal minimum for an acceptable solution. A proper solution involves documenting patient responses in a digital consent form and storing them in a patient response system and document archive. 

7. Audit Trail

Current and legacy systems do not allow for an adequate audit trail event to be created and documented, making the resulting artefact inadmissible as evidence of consent. Thus, it is out of compliance with the currently acceptable standards. 

8. Limited Patient Response Capture Capabilities

The ability to catalogue and review patient responses from the completed forms is only possible with current solutions with the interpretation of an otherwise automatable/audible repository. 

9. Simplified Approach

A simplified approach for technologically limited or restricted patients requiring services must be present in currently offered solutions, which need login and keystrokes instead of a direct authenticated login link. 

10. Capacity to Service Use Cases

Current systems are fettered in their capacity to service all relevant digital consent forms and patient response use cases, including inpatient, outpatient, in-person, remote, etc. 

Experts, providers, and patients agree that there is a need in the healthcare space for an improved system for the collection of consent forms which enable the inclusion of more auditable and patient response data points, including, foremost, an auditable series of events indicating the signer’s identity and intent as well as the collection of verifiable identification. 

Digital patient consent solutions offer a variety of benefits over legacy solutions. They can be more efficient, secure, accessible, compliant, and engaging. As healthcare providers, it’s our responsibility to provide the best possible care to our patients. By adopting digital consent solutions, we can streamline the consent process and provide a better overall experience for our patients. 

Certinal for Healthcare focuses on healthcare-specific customer use cases, such as consent, release, and transfer forms. To know more, book a demo now! 

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Lokjith is a marketing content writer, and he writes about eSignature technology to raise awareness and help enterprises make informed decisions. Before discovering the SaaS industry, he organized Offline Marketing campaigns campaigns. He has a master’s degree from the Institute of Management Technology, specializing in Marketing.
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