Hyderabad: Practo, a Hyderabad-based digital healthcare platform has integrated consent forms into the Practo Ray Tab for the first time. Available across general, dental, dermatology and gynaecology practices, the integration is aimed to further digitise practice management and ensure that patients sign the form before they undergo any treatment or surgery. Clinics can customise the consent form as per their needs and create different forms based on different treatments.
Launched in June, 2014, Practo Tab was built to serve as a seamless companion for Practo Ray- the widely- used practice management and appointment scheduling software for doctors and clinics. Practo Tab is an all-in-one device empowering practice management and enhancing patient relationship management. The digital consent form is likely to further strengthen the existing portfolio of services that are being offered on Practo Tab including, patient registration, feedback, schedule management, billing etc. and help doctors manage their clinic from anywhere as all information is available on the cloud and accessible offline as well as online.
Consent forms are required to be signed for any surgical or cosmetic procedures. A consent form helps patients understand the risks and complications involved prior to a surgery or procedure and be aware of alternate treatments available without having to face any unfamiliar grievance post-surgery. For the doctor, it helps determine the complete medical history before administrating treatment and ensures that the patient is aware of all details important for performing a procedure.
There is a huge increase in the number of medico-legal cases in the last decade and many of them could be due to lack of consent or inadequate consent from patients. Medico legal cases often surface due to an injury, ailment, or even death while medical care is being administered. With the help of a digital consent form, doctors will be able to ensure that a signed medical consent form exists and is accessible easily which is extremely pertinent in case of liability issues that can arise after a patient has been treated by them. The digital consent forms available on Practo Tab are legally compliant and uses electronic signatures as per Sec 2 (ta) of Information Technology Act 2000.
Further, a consent form also serves as a documented proof of patients’ health record before proceeding for the surgery. The digital consent forms on Practo Tab are tamper-proof; once signed, these forms cannot be changed/modified in any way. Data privacy is of utmost importance and digitally securing them on the cloud is a good way to guarantee this. Patients can easily register themselves using Practo Tab and fill details in their digital consent form making it easily accessible for doctors to view patients’ medical history.
“Consent forms are important in case of any treatment administered by the doctor but it is a crucial legal requirement in case of surgical, cosmetic or any other invasive procedure. Consent forms ensure that a patient is educated about risks involved in a procedure and it acts as an insurance for the doctor. It is also a better alternative as physical copies can be damaged or misplaced.”Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Founder Director, Cygnus Hospitals.
“For the very first time consent forms have been given the digital makeover. With the integration of consent form on Practo Tab, we will be able to provide better tools to doctors and significantly improve patient’s healthcare experience. Digital consent forms will ensure that every healthcare provider has the required information readily accessible at their fingertips,” Shashank N D, Founder & CEO, Practo.