Mobile Bedside Consent Forms
Making the Informed Consent Form Paperless
Technology has brought paperless operations to many areas across healthcare organizations, but the informed consent form and other documentation requiring patient signatures can be a lingering source of manual and paper intensive processes.
FormFast allows you to capture the appropriate consents electronically via eForms delivered on a mobile tablet right at the patient’s bedside. Consent documents are instantly archived, preventing lost documents, expediting care, and keeping the hospital in compliance.
"What's Wrong with our Current Informed Consent Process?"
“Our bedside consent forms are paper-based.”
Most healthcare organizations are still documenting informed consent on paper. This exposes the hospital to the risk of missing forms, improper documentation, and the liability associated with them.
“We have patients sign an electronic signature pad.”
This method is often cumbersome for staff and patients alike as it usually requires that a cart is wheeled to the bedside. Plus patients are often not able to read the actual form they are signing.
FormFast offers a paperless software solution to improve your informed consent form process whether it’s currently all paper-based or partially automated.
Streamlining the Consent Documentation Workflow
The signature processes couldn’t be easier with FormFast’s informed consent form software. Learn about the improved consent process below:
The electronic informed consent solution by FormFast allows clinicians to capture signatures digitally at the point of care.
Hospital staff accesses a list of active patients for their floor or unit via EHR integration.
Staff simply pick the correct patient and the forms they need to sign and click the Sign button to generate the proper eForms.
The patient can read the form on the tablet and simply sign the form electronically with their finger or a stylus. Authenticated staff can quickly self-sign the form, and date-time stamps are automatically applied.
Patients appreciate that they can easily read and understand what they are consenting to, and staff appreciate the more efficient workflow process.
Upon the submission the consent form is instantly archived in the electronic health record (EHR). This prevents lost documents and makes the necessary documentation immediately visible to the care team.
Improving the Consent Process for Staff and Patients
Before electronic bedside consents, misplaced and outdated forms led to delays and liabilities. The FormFast solution gives Elizabeth piece of mind concerning informed consent compliance for the hospital, as staff are now guaranteed to present patients with the right form, at the right time.
With FormFast, Katherine no longer has to spend time looking for the latest printed consent form, barcode it and manually enter information. She can now navigate directly from the patient record in the EHR and select the electronic consent form – guaranteed to be the approved version – for the patient to comfortably sign on a tablet device.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to FormFast, Ryan’s team calculated the estimated cost for paper surgical consents to be $0.30 per page. This calculation includes the cost of paper, toner, printing, scanning, storage and wages. With around 19,500 consents per month and two pages per consent form, electronic bedside consents are saving the hospital at least $140,400 per year.
Operating Room Nurse
Brenda used to spend significant time confirming the presence of a consent form before a procedure – leading to delays. With FormFast, consent forms are available immediately in the EHR after signatures are captured and the physician’s signature is guaranteed to be included.
Susan is expecting quality care during her inpatient stay and will have the opportunity to provide feedback through the HCAHPS survey concluding her stay. She feels properly educated about the procedure to take place and that the staff understand her wishes.
Before FormFast, Linda and her staff spent a great deal of time manually scanning and indexing paper consent forms. With FormFast, the e-signed documents are routed directly to the EHR, accelerating the archival process, eliminating error-prone manual processes, and allowing HIM to better manage the information that drives their hospital.
The FormFast informed consent form solution drives the following benefits:
- Increased compliance
- Improved risk protection
- Increased operational efficiency
- Improved patient satisfaction
Learn How FormFast Addresses Your Challenges
Your Challenge: Providing an effective Informed Consent process to ensure patient rights, protection and experience.
FormFast Solution: The electronic, tablet consent format is very legible and easily enlarged for optimal review. The consent form can also include required content review and understanding confirmation fields to assist in the process and red flag any confusion.
Your Challenge: Excessive Clinical Staff and Physician time required to obtain, label, customize and manage paper consent forms
FormFast Solution: The consent process is streamlined, and Clinical Staff and Physicians are able to spend more valuable time with their patients.
Your Challenge: Concern about clinicians using outdated forms
FormFast Solution: Forms used are always the currently approved form.
Integration with Core Systems
FormFast integrates with your HIS or EHR applications to identify and present the correct documentation for patient signatures on mobile tablets.
- Integration with EHR for seamless application launch
- Immediate archival of the completed informed consent form in archiving or electronic document management (EDM) systems
- Temporary storage of “in-flight” consent that are waiting for a physician’s signature
Improved Consent Process
FormFast’s solution offers unique features to complement the EHR system and provide essential functionality to automate your informed consent process via electronic signature technology.
- Organization-specific informed consent forms
- Unlimited number of signatures on each form
- On-demand form selection
- Dynamic imprinting of unique patient information
- Alerts for incomplete forms
- Free-text fields for real-time physician and clinician notes
- Checkbox features for advanced consent options
- Required fields and validation rules
- Automatic Date/Time Stamp for data integrity
- Links to educational content
Make your consent process not just paperless, but mobile, to improve the workflow for staff and patients.
- Compatible across tablet device hardware platforms and operating systems
- Hardware support options for any environment, including mobile tablets, write-able screens, electronic signature pads and tablet computers
- Web-based HTML5 application for easy deployment in any area of the healthcare organization