Although we don't use Ocean tablets for obtaining physical signatures, many of our sites use the tablets for obtaining informed consent.
Here are a few examples that you may customize as needed:
I've ensured that these agreements are consistent with the CPSO's guidelines on obtaining informed patient consent.
Note that the CPSO's policy does not in fact require a physical or "wet" signature from the patient when obtaining consent. A signature is neither necessary nor sufficient for obtaining informed consent. Instead, the CPSO policy expects clear documented evidence that all of the risks, benefits, and alternative treatments have been explained to the patient, and that the patient has had a chance to ask questions regarding the procedure.
The tablet provides an ideal environment for the patient to review this information in advance, without feeling rushed to comply with the physician waiting in the room.
If you need to document a specific audit trail, you can augment the eForm's note with a template for the doctor or nurse document to indicate that he/she was present during the agreement to answer questions. As with any eForm, the generated note associated with these consent forms is completely customizable using the eForm Editor.
If a physical signature is nonetheless felt to be necessary for your clinic, the old-fashioned pen and paper approach is tough to improve upon. In that case, I would let your EMR vendor help set up your clinic with a streamlined scanning workflow.
- Dr. Kavanagh
Medical Director and Co-Founder