Digital Consent – The ‘New Normal’ for Elective Surgeries?

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The backlog of elective surgeries, combined with the crowding of hospitals due to COVID-19, present a dire need for an effective healthcare system that promotes efficiency, while reducing risk. Despite the devastating effects of COVID-19, the impact of this pandemic has identified the need for a greater move towards telehealth, to optimise efficiency. EIDO Healthcare is a global leader in patient communication and we are constantly improving and creating new products to ensure that we remain at the forefront of product innovation. In response to COVID-19 and the move towards telehealth we have developed Home Consent, an innovative digital solution that reduces risk and enhances patient communication.

Informed consent is a fundamental patient right in South Africa. However, it is not only legally binding, but also essential to enhance patient autonomy and improve the overall patient experience. Healthcare sectors cannot be fully effective without proper patient communication, especially in South Africa where there is often a break-down in communication between patients and doctors.

The onset of COVID-19 has brought about several additional risks and challenges and has led to colossal backlogs of elective surgery. Therefore, effective patient information is crucial to promote efficiency and reduce unnecessary risk.

EIDO Healthcare is a global leader in patient information and informed consent. For nearly 20 years EIDO has provided resources and support to health professionals to enrich patient-doctor communication and reduce potential litigation risks. Our information leaflets cover over 400 procedures and are used in over 1000 hospitals and clinics around the world. They support the growing philosophy of taking an active role in the responsibility of providing excellence throughout the “patient journey”.

As a company we are constantly improving and creating new products to ensure that we remain at the forefront of product innovation. We are excited to announce that EIDO has released a tactical ‘Home consenting’ solution in response to COVID-19 risks and a move towards telehealth.

 

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Home Consent is a digital platform that provides patients with information relating to their prospective procedure that is both medically rigorous and easy to understand. The platform makes use of pervasive digital interfaces such as mobile phones, tablets and computers to present static, interactive and animated procedure information. Home Consent allows a patient to complete a draft consent form before hospital admission thus limiting the time patients spend in the hospital and its concomitant risks. Home consenting ensures a safer start to the consent journey for you and your patient, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

Despite the devastating effects of COVID-19, the impact of this pandemic has identified the need for a greater move towards telehealth, to optimise efficiency. This is especially beneficial for South Africa where the healthcare industry has been slow in adopting emerging technologies.

Emilian Popa, CEO of Ilara Health said, “The longer the virus persists, the higher the likelihood becomes of a momentous shift in consumer – and provider – health seeking mentality, and a warmer adoption of e-health solutions, possibly becoming normative in a post-crisis era.” Home consent has been created to complement e-health by tracking patient activity remotely and ensuring informed consent is acquired without added risk.

If you would like to find out how your practice, hospital or clinic could benefit by implementing the Home Consent Solution please contact us for a free demo of our solution. There has never been a more important time to put patient communication at the forefront of effective healthcare.

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