Cost savings were integral in our decision to transition to e-forms and e-signatures. In addition to saving money, we’re hoping that by saving manpower we can reallocate resources to areas where we would’ve had to hire new staff members otherwise.
Sulphur Springs, Texas (PRWEB) August 27, 2014
Hospitals and health systems can have more than 50 different health IT systems, and each one they add brings the challenge of additional integration points and new projects for the IT/IS team to manage. Kaweah Delta Health Care District is moving in a different direction, preferring to work with a few vendors who offer full-featured solutions that are easy to integrate and run. In keeping with this initiative, Kaweah Delta selected Access to provide electronic forms and electronic patient signature solutions.
“We’re moving toward an integrated solution set, so the fact that Access provides a broad range of solutions and is proven to integrate with Siemens was important,” said Michael Mistretta, Kaweah Delta’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President.
Another primary driver of the e-forms project was moving away from paper and toward fully electronic health records (EHRs). As at many healthcare facilities, Kaweah Delta used pre-printed paper forms, which are costly to produce, process and dispose. With the Access solution, e-forms will be generated on demand and integrated with the Siemens system.
“Cost savings were integral in our decision to transition to e-forms and e-signatures,” Mistretta said. “In addition to saving money, we’re hoping that by saving manpower we can reallocate resources to areas where we would’ve had to hire new staff members otherwise.”
Previously, a registrar set up a new or returning patient in Siemens and then retrieved each of the forms required to complete registration. The patient then filled in their information on each page and signed the forms, which were scanned into the content management system and manually indexed.
With the Access system, a forms packet will be generated with patient demographics and bar-codes applied. The patient will then quickly complete remaining forms and apply a secure electronic signature to each page. Upon scanning, the forms will go directly into the correct EHR, with no manual indexing required.
“Access’s e-forms and electronic signature solution will save a few minutes for each registration and will get our patients to the treatment they need quicker,” Mistretta said. “It will also make forms readily available to the clinicians who need them.”
About Kaweah Delta Health Care District
With more than 300 physicians and 3,600 employees – nearly 1,000 of which are registered nurses – Kaweah Delta Health Care District provides the people living and working in California’s bustling Central Valley with access to high-quality health care just minutes from home. Learn more at http://www.kaweahdelta.org
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 at http://www.accessefm.com and help Access’s partner The Last Well bring clean water and the Gospel to Liberia here.