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Going Paperless in Alternative Medicine and Complementary Medicine

April 2nd, 2019 Posted by Alternative Medicine, Holistic Health, Paperless No Comment yet

As caring members of the alternative therapy movement, whether practitioners of Acupuncture, Reiki, Hypnosis, Homeopathy, Yoga,Vedic medicine or any of the many other fields, like most professionals we have a few differences of opinion.

I would however suggest that one of the many things we do have in common is a holistic approach to health, we can agree the importance environment has on a patient’s outcomes. Keeping pollution to a minimum is an important answer to many modern health problems.

If you disagree, and have a different answer. I would love to hear from you, my email is steve @ ipegs.co.uk I admit I will be surprised to find a deluge of emails coming in anytime soon.

So my next question is are you doing everything to protect your patients and your own environment?

If you are still using paper for your forms, be it for consultation forms, medical history forms, consent forms or others, are you aware of the needless damage they are doing to the environment?


I was doing a little research the other day and I was horrified at what I discovered. I had no idea paper was so toxic to us all and the planet we inhabit. Here are a few of the worrying facts, for you to consider:

Here are some things you may not know:

One mature tree, only produces approximately 16.67 standard packs of 500 sheets of paper.

Just one page of A4 paper uses approximately 10 litres of water to produce the equivalent of the daily ration of five people.

One ton of paper needs approx 253 gallons of petrol to produce it.

The paper industry is the 5th largest consumer of energy in the world.

Over 30 million acres of forest are destroyed annually, 40% of the worlds commercially cut timber is used to produce paper, its production is a big contributor to the problem of deforestation and is partly to blame for the endangerment of some species that live in the forests.

Most of the materials in landfills are made of paper. When paper rots, it emits methane, a greenhouse gas. When it is burned or composted, carbon dioxide another one.

The life cycle of paper is damaging to the environment from beginning to end. It starts off with a tree being cut down and ends its life by being burned – emitting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Dioxin is one of the many toxic by-products of the manufacture of paper and we all know how good that is for you.

Ah yes but we use recycled paper!

Good answer but:

Did you know?

Paper can only be recycled 7 times. On average in the first world 70% of paper is recycled, so in all, recycling only triples the life of your paper. Trust me I did the math.

Each time it is recycled it damages the environment.

Paper recycling involves the removal of inks from the used paper. Recycling facilities use different processes, the chemicals they employ range from detergents to caustic chemicals, such as chlorine.

Print from copy machines and laser printers is particularly problematic because it is not really ink but rather a plastic polymer that the printer or copier burns onto the paper. Removal requires chemicals that are much more caustic than standard chemicals.

Similarly, printing inks contain heavy metals and other compounds that require strong solvents. Your forms probably come into this category.

Recycling paper is a major cause of water pollution

When recycling facilities remove inks from paper, the waste makes its way into the water table. Metals from printing inks, including copper, lead, zinc, chromium and cadmium, enter the stream. Waste water from paper recycling often contains our old buddy dioxins of Agent Orange fame.

Solid Waste

Waste paper reprocessing produces a sludge that contains solids including small fibres, ink from the de-inking process and fillers. This waste, including the heavy metals from the inks, is often sent to landfills.

Incineration is an alternative, but this process releases dangerous emissions, including dioxins and hydrocarbons, as well as the heavy metals from the inks. The ash that remains after incineration also is consigned to landfills.

I’m sure like me, you find these facts worrying? If you do find them concerning why not do something about it?


Oh dear here comes the sales pitch…

I do have an axe to grind, I admit it. Of course, I want you to use our product and help us build our business. Just as you want to treat your patients well and build yours. However in this case I believe we have a mutual interest.

I want you to stop wasting paper, save you time and money and I want you to give your clients a better experience by going paperless with iPEGS electronic forms.

More than that though, I hope you agree the time when we could ignore the environmental effects of our actions is over, the world is too small and too crowded. We have to care about our impact on it and minimise the damage we do. I want my grandchildren to live on as healthy a planet, for as long as possible, don’t you?

So if you care as much about your clients, your bank balance and the world we all share – as we do here at iPEGS then this is something we can do together.

If you are ready to finally go paperless then please send me an email steve @ ipegs.co.uk to ask me how we can start the process of making your forms electronic. It’s up to you of course, but in this case I will be delighted to be deluged with your questions.

References:

  1. The water footprint of wood for lumber, pulp, paper, fuel and firewood
  2. Forest Ethics: The Facts – Paper Consumption and It’s Impacts 
  3. Wikipedia: Environmental Impact of Paper
  4. Natural Resources Defense Council: Using Less and Reusing More
  5. iD2 Communications: Facts about Paper and Paper Waste
  6. The World Counts

Holistic Health Consultation Forms and Intake Forms

April 1st, 2019 Posted by Alternative Medicine, Consultation Forms, Holistic Health, Paperless No Comment yet
Holistic Health Consultation Forms

Many people come to alternative and holistic health practitioners, as a last resort and with some reservations. The popular press love to search out examples of malpractice and scare monger, after all fear is what sells newspapers. They are often in pain and unsure if you can help, a stressed or nervous patient is not an easy one.

So, if you are going to be able to really assist the people who need your help, they must be put at ease as soon as they walk in the door.

Of course, the reception is as comfortable and relaxing as possible, receptionists are trained to be efficient while putting people at ease, but there are the formalities to get done, and this can be an opportunity to give reassurance and confidence to your patients.

An initial holistic health intake form, consultation form and medical history need to be taken followed by a consent form and for people coming for the first consultation this can be stressful. Clipboards and forms have never put people at ease.

That is why iPEGS paperless forms are such an amazing tool for alternative medicine practitioners, everyone is so used to digital devices nowadays, and the forms can be filled in either at the clinic or from home online using a mobile phone, tablet or computer and submitted directly to the cloud. They are quick and easy and as they are digital, they can be made easier to read for patients with poor eyesight, by simply zooming in or increasing the text size.

As well as electronic signatures, you can add photos and you can add your own branding and logos. You can create the forms from scratch with the easy to use form builder, or if you are too busy or a bit of a technophobe then you can get one of the iPEGS technicians to do it for you.

Holistic Health Consultation Form

By giving patients the option to fill in their medical history from home you will often find the resulting information to be far more complete. After all, how many of us can remember what we were doing last Thursday let alone what medication we were on five years ago.

Many patients have had years of ill health, being pumped full of chemicals. We all know how hard it can be to distinguish the ailment from the side effects of medication, so a full history needs to be done. By giving patients time, you have the opportunity to get a fuller account of their health problems a few days before their appointment, and are therefore able to study them in advance, saving crucial time in the actual consultation, even having the time for conferring with colleagues at the earliest stage.

Of course, your patient is of primary importance, but they are not the only person in the room, consent forms are a must and in an increasingly litigious world, protect not only the patient but also the practitioner. Making sure that your patient knows what treatment they are receiving is just good practice, having their agreement to the treatment on file might at some time be vital.

Up until recently a paper based holistic health consent form, had to do, and has since the stethoscope was invented, however, 5 years after the event how easy will it be to find? If you need copies or originals will it be legible, let’s face it, medical practitioners are not known for their calligraphy.

Now again you may well have the most efficient system in the world, but unless filing is your idea of relaxation, it’s a huge pain. Paper files are costly in space and time, not to mention resources, both natural and financial. Being able to pull up a patient’s records instantly saves time and allows you to spend more face time with your patient. It’s not just about covering your back but also about preventing having to.

Electronic Consultation Forms

So how do I get a form completed and signed by my patient:

Using a tablet, iPad or Smartphone you can access your electronic forms through the iPEGS apps, even without a Wi-Fi connection or via iPEGS Web Forms on any device. Simply open the form that you wish to be completed and once signed save or submit it. This is perfect in a face to face situation, free from the barrier, that a clipboard can create.

You can also send the medical history and/or consent form to the patient or guardian prior to their appointment using iPEGS Remote, again via email as a web form or via the free app. They would receive this form on their smartphone, or any device connected to the internet and complete, sign and submit back to you.

Is my patient’s information safe, what about data protection laws and GDPR?

Many laws states that patient records must be kept secure and confidential at all times. The UK data protection regime is set out in the DPA 2018 which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, and came into effect on 25 May 2018, along with the GDPR (which also forms part of UK law). The law applies to any ‘processing of personal data’, and will catch most businesses and organisations, whatever their size and the law provides stronger protection for more sensitive information such as health related data.

All data submitted via iPEGS is encrypted, transmitted and stored securely. iPEGS is Cyber Essentials and IASME GDPR Governance Standard Certified so you can be confident your data is secure.

You can sign up for your free iPEGS Remote account and get 5 free form credits or sign up to the 30 day free trial of iPEGS Direct via the website.

Or if you would like to discuss the various options why not book in a call here or feel free to drop me an email: steve @ ipegs.co.uk

If you practise alternative medicine or holistic health therapies then why not go paperless today, reduce your carbon footprint, become more efficient and have more time to focus on your patients.

Acupuncture Consent Forms and Medical History Forms

March 11th, 2019 Posted by Acupuncture, Alternative Medicine, Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Medical History Form, Paperless No Comment yet

Medical History and Consent Forms in Acupuncture

As an Acupuncturist, you carry a huge responsibility for the welfare of your clients, many of whom have been suffering ill health for years. Often you are the last port of call, after mainstream medicine has failed to provide relief from a chronic condition.

Taking a thorough medical history of each new patient is your first step in providing for a patient’s needs, firstly you need to ensure that acupuncture is the appropriate treatment for your client. People often have an unclear idea of what acupuncture can do, after all acupuncture is not a miracle cure for anything, it is a science.

In obtaining their medical history, there is a need to gain a thorough understanding of a patient’s main complaint and general health and lifestyle. This involves asking questions about current symptoms as well as medical history, such things as sleeping patterns, appetite and digestion, emotional wellbeing. Women must be asked about their menstrual cycle and any past pregnancies and childbirth. The use of pharmaceutical products must be considered in detail, side effects are often hard to distinguish from the ailment. Some patients have suffered chronic conditions for years before considering acupuncture and have tried a series of treatments that have failed, so this medical history is a vital tool for achieving a successful outcome.

Getting that history can be a long and exhaustive process, you need to know as much about past treatments as possible and that can take time to remember.

Using an electronic medical history questionnaire that can be sent in advance to the client, can gain a depth of information that is hard to get in a first consultation. All this information needs to be recorded and considered thoroughly before a treatment plan can be agreed and put into place.

By using iPEGS Remote paperless forms you can send out the questionnaire a week before the first appointment. It is totally secure and can be customised to suit the patient. They can fill in the history and return it using any connected device, be it smart phone, P.C. or tablet.

People are so accustomed to using communications technology these days, filling in a form at home in their own time can be so much less stressful than in a busy surgery, with limited time.

As for the practitioner you are receiving a fuller history in anticipation of your first consultation, even having time to consult with colleagues, if necessary. There can be a due date set for the form to be returned for just that purpose, with reminders embedded in the process. Once the form is sent, it is automatically filed, unlike paper forms there is no possibility of it being mislaid. It is a permanent record of your patient’s history and current condition.

Once you have had the opportunity to study this and meet your patient, you can explain your findings to them and ensure that they understand. Informing them clearly of the nature and purpose of any proposed treatment you gain their consent to treatment. This of course needs to be recorded.

Although consent may in the past have been taken as implied by a patient’s actions in turning up and lying on the treatment couch, explicit consent is now considered essential.

The law states that, consent must be given by a legally competent person, in some cases the next-of-kin. It must be given voluntarily and must be informed.

You must be able to prove you have sought explicit consent and ensure that the patient has understood what you propose to do. This is particularly important where treatment may involve sensitive areas of the body. It may be construed as an assault to examine or even prepare to treat someone without consent.

You cannot delegate the obtaining of consent to a receptionist or unqualified assistant. Informed consent requires that you as the practitioner (or an appropriately qualified colleague) have explained the procedure, been available to answer questions and able to satisfy yourself that the patient understands what they have been told. So it is up to you the practitioner not only to personally supervise treatment but also consent to treatment.

Having proof of consent is of course part of your duty of care not only to your patient but also for your practice.

So a consent form must be signed very early on in the treatment process, again this consent form can be digital, secure and paperless. Using the iPEGS paperless forms, consent can be rapidly given, directly on to a tablet or even a mobile phone, even including a photo for confirmation. Instantaneously becoming a matter of record.

By using a iPEGS digital consent form, you can customise the form in real time, making changes without having to wait on printers, receptionists etc, time saved can be used in treating the patient, which after all is the object of the process.

Storing these Forms is also more complex than you might imagine.

You may well know you are legally required to keep patient records for a minimum of seven years. In the case of minors’ records must be kept until the patient reaches the age of twenty-five (seven years after reaching eighteen). Did you know that this applies even when you have referred the patient on, or you have left the practice where you administered the treatment?

There is also a legal requirement to retain original records which applies in the buying and selling of a practice and even with a patient’s consent, you must only pass on copies of the records, not the original notes?

Making copies of thousands of paper records is a mammoth task, digitally using iPEGS it can be done in a fraction of the time. You may not envisage selling the practice, but you will want to retire sometime.

You must also ensure that patients are kept fully informed and offered appropriate choices about their continuing care and the safe-keeping and location of their original records. Knowing that they are secured gives peace of mind to you and your patient. Doing this with thousands of separate paper documents is literally a forest of wasted time and space.

Patient records must be kept secure and confidential at all times. The UK data protection regime is set out in the DPA 2018 which replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, and came into effect on 25 May 2018, along with the GDPR (which also forms part of UK law). The law applies to any ‘processing of personal data’, and will catch most businesses and organisations, whatever their size and the law provides stronger protection for more sensitive information such as health related data.

Wouldn’t it be useful to get fuller more reliable patient histories?

Can you really afford to take risks with your patient’s records?

Can you afford the space and time that paper forms take up?

Wouldn’t it be simpler and more efficient to go digital and paperless, like many of your colleagues in the health sector are now doing?

Would you prefer not to have the worry of a disgruntled patient with a lost consent form?

If your answer is yes to any or all of the above, or if you are not sure, then why not get in touch, and let iPEGS take you through the process of going paperless.

 

We are all busy, but sometimes we have to invest time to save it, for our patients and our practice.

Just follow the links on this page and you can be up and running digitally in less than the time of an average consult. If you feel that you have questions you need answered that are not covered on the site, why not book in a call at a time that suits you best? You can do this via the link below and let us walk you through how iPEGS can help improve your processes:

https://calendly.com/ipegs/15-minute-phone-call/

Or feel free to drop me an email: steve @ ipegs.co.uk

 

Helping Atlanta to Go Paperless

March 6th, 2019 Posted by Atlanta, Paperless, Partners No Comment yet

Helping Atlanta to Go Paperless

Are you a business or organization based in Atlanta that is still heavily paper driven? Would you like to improve efficiency, productivity and reduce paper, printing and postage costs?

A UK based company called iPEGS Ltd is coming to Atlanta this March – on a mission to help make Atlanta Paperless!

iPEGS Ltd is travelling to the US as part of a Trade Mission with a number of other UK tech companies with the aim of spreading the word about their products and services and to build strategic partnerships with like minded companies in and around the city of Atlanta.

“With Atlanta having the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies, a Smart City with its strong Startup scene, wide range of industries and high concentration of Millennials we just had to bring iPEGS over to this exciting city” said Adam Leese, CEO of iPEGS Ltd.

iPEGS has a number of products aimed at replacing traditional paper forms and processes with technology. By utilising Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and PC’s to complete electronic versions of these forms brings a number of benefits:

  • Forms available on ANY device (accessible immediately)
  • Forms can be accessed and completed offline (app only)
  • Electronic Signatures can be added with date and time stamp for authenticity
  • Mandatory Fields ensure the form is completed in full
  • Pick Lists and Tick Boxes for easy form filling
  • Add Photos directly to the form
  • Add GPS Location to the form
  • Submit forms electronically (no more printing/scanning/filing)
  • No more bad handwriting to decipher

Some example sectors that are using iPEGS products in the UK are:

  • HR Departments (employment contracts / new employee details / policies / references)
  • Recruitment Companies (candidate details / reference requests / terms & conditions)
  • Cosmetics/Dental/Skin/Beauty (consent forms / consultation forms / medical history)
  • Companies with fleet vehicles (vehicle check forms / near miss forms / damage reports)
  • Schools (travel consent forms / school trip forms / medical history / extra school activities)

One of iPEGS unique features is the ability to send form remotely to customers, clients, employees or parents – making the distribution and completion of forms more effective and efficient.

The Trade Mission to Atlanta will run from the 18 – 21 March 2019 and is being organised by The UK Department for International Trade in partnership with DIT Atlanta.

Over the 3 days there will be networking, meetings and 1:2:1’s organised with local businesses and the UK companies.

There is also an exclusive invite only evening event that is being hosted by the Consul General at the British Consulate General Atlanta which will be a great opportunity for some high level business networking.

So if you are in Atlanta and you are interested in finding out more about how iPEGS can help your business to go paperless or if you are interested in becoming a strategic partner or reseller then please get in touch with Adam Leese via LinkedIn.

We will also be looking to invite a number of selected businesses to the networking evening hosted by the Consul General so please get in touch to secure your place for this exclusive event.

For more information about iPEGS please visit www.ipegs.co.uk.

Paperless Incident Report Forms

February 11th, 2019 Posted by Accident Report Form, Incident Report Form, Near Miss Form, Paperless No Comment yet

Paperless Incident Report Forms

In this weeks iPEGS Go Paperless Article we are looking at Incident Report Forms, why they are needed and how going paperless with these types of forms has a multitude of benefits.

Incident Report Forms are used in a wide variety of sectors from Health Care, Construction, Education, Manufacturing, Utilities, Transportation and in the general workplace.

An incident report form is completed in order to capture the details of any dangerous occurrence, injury, accident or near miss and is ideally completed as close to the event time as possible. This is to ensure that full, factual and accurate information is recorded to enable the responsible (health & safety) manager to put actions in place to minimise future risks and to ensure the safety of employee and/or customers.

Employee Health & Safety is of prime importance to any business or organisation no matter how big or small. Unfortunately, many incident report forms are still completed in the traditional pen and paper format and while this method works it can problematic and inefficient. Problems include:

  • Access to the paper based form – incidents can occur anywhere and having a paper based form to hand is not always possible.
  • Difficult to read or unreadable handwriting
  • Delays in getting the completed form to the responsible manager
  • Missing or misplaced forms
  • Storing of the paper forms

All of the above issues increase the risk of delays and repeat incidents due to the inefficiencies of using paper based forms.

Electronic Incident Report Form

One thing that that we do have with us the majority of the times is our phone. By moving away from paper and utilising an always accessible incident or accident report form via an App or the Web has huge benefits for a variety of reasons:

  • Forms can be accessed immediately
  • Information is recorded quickly ensuring full and accurate data
  • Forms can be submitted as soon as complete
  • Fields such as pick lists, date pickers, GPS location and photo fields all help in providing a much information as possible
  • Use of the dictation feature to speak the details directly into the form
  • No more bad handwriting
  • No more delays in getting the forms to the manager

There are so many benefits of utilising the technology we have available today – especially when it comes to health and safety. If you are still using paper based, incident or accident report forms then now is the time to start to thinking about going paperless.

iPEGS provide an easy to use, cost effective way of creating Electronic Incident Report Forms that can can be accessed on ANY device, completed with ease, signed electronically and submitted in a matter of minutes if not seconds.

By making it as easy as possible for anyone to complete these forms, via any internet connect device, ensures that the incident is reported on quickly and efficiently.

Accident Report Form
iPEGS Electronic Forms have a number of benefits including:

  • Forms available on ANY device (accessible immediately)
  • Forms can be accessed and completed offline (app only)
  • Electronic Signatures can be added with date and time stamp for authenticity
  • Mandatory Fields ensure the form is completed in full
  • Pick Lists and Tick Boxes for easy form filling
  • Add Photos directly to the form
  • Add GPS Location to the form
  • Submit forms electronically (no more printing/scanning/filing)

Once the form has been submitted securely to the iPEGS Web Portal the form owner (responsible manager) will receive an email notification where they can view or download the form immediately.

No more delays waiting for the form to be returned to the office. No more risk of losing or misplacing the form and no more having to decipher unreadable handwriting.

With iPEGS you can quickly and easily create any type of form with the easy to use Form Builder and generate the Web Form or App Form in no time.

For more information about how to Go Paperless with iPEGS please click here.

Going Paperless in Further Education and Apprenticeships

February 4th, 2019 Posted by Apprenticeships, Electronic signatures, Paperless No Comment yet

Over the last 10 years we have seen significant change within the Apprenticeships sector in the UK. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and Apprenticeship Standards, there has been a huge shift in how colleges and training providers operate and deliver.

Paperless Apprenticeships

There has also been lots of innovation over the last decade with a big increase in the use of technology to enhance the learner journey from Online Learning, ePortfolio, Video and Apps to the improvements in efficiency within the operational delivery of apprenticeships via increased use of MIS systems, CRM’s and Electronic Data Capture software such as iPEGS.

The iPEGS products have also evolved based on the changes within the sector, improved connectivity and mass adoption of mobile devices.

Our drive continues to focus on a fully electronic and paperless enrolment, commitment statements, apprenticeship contracts and all other related documentation relating to the apprenticeship. We feel that the face to face time spent with the apprentice should focus on learning and not admin and so our Remote product has seen a big increase in its use and volume over the last 12 months.

Paperless Apprenticeships
The idea is to ensure that the learner (and employer) only ever have to enter their information once and that this data can flow on throughout the enrolment process. By enabling the learner, employer and provider to complete their respective parts of the forms remotely, via any device means that all documents can be completed, signed and checked by admin in a fraction of the time.

If a mistake is made on the form or a change is required then the iPEGS ‘Request Change’ feature enables the admin team to highlight the field/s that needs to be amended and send the form securely back to the learner or employer in the click of a button. No more unnecessary journeys and delays in getting the forms corrected and completed.

We have also just launched a new variation of the 3rd Party Approval field that enables the form to be sent to all parties simultaneously for approval and signing (electronically of course).

Some colleges and training providers still like to finalise the enrolment forms and commitment statements on the first face to face visit. In this case the forms can be completed remotely prior to this and then reviewed and signed at that point. This means that the ‘admin’ aspect is reduced to a matter of minutes as opposed to hours and ensures the time can be focused on actual learning.

It is clear that colleges and training providers use a multitude of systems and processes and so we have ensured that the iPEGS Products are as flexible as possible to allow for these differences.

Below is a short video demonstration of a fully paperless and remote process of completing an Apprenticeship Commitment Statement between the learner, employer and provider via iPEGS Remote Web Forms.     

iPEGS Remote forms can be accessed as web forms on any device or via the free iOS and Android App. All iPEGS Remote forms can be auto populated with learner and employer data via our User Profile and Field Mapping tools.

So if you are still using paper based forms or even word documents and PDFs – now is the time to move to the next level, improve the learner and employer journey, reduce costs and inefficiencies within your enrolment process and remove unnecessary admin so that your tutors and coaches can focus on learning.

If you are interested in finding out about how to Go Paperless with iPEGS then please contact us.

iPEGS Announces New Strategic Partnership for North Africa & Southern Europe

January 29th, 2019 Posted by Paperless, Partners No Comment yet

iPEGS Ltd is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Pro2Stride who will be the iPEGS Premier Partner for North Africa and Southern Europe. Pro2Stride’s multilingual team of experienced professionals we will help to grow the iPEGS customer based in these new and exciting regions as part of the iPEGS Global Strategy.

iPEGS Partners

With an established network and multilingual capabilities Pro2Stride’s will be the main iPEGS Partner for the following Countries:

EUROPE: Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
AFRICA: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia

Languages include: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish

Pro2Stride already have a strong network within the following sectors so is ideally placed for the iPEGS product range:

* Automotive and Aeronautics
* Manufacturing
* Banks (Customer services)
* Insurance (Customer services)
* Hotels
* Transportation
* Medical Sector
* Car Rentals
* Education

 

Pro2Stride is a Project driven organisation that specialises in Project Management, Industry 4.0 Solutions, Design, Engeneering and Electronic prototyping to its industrial customers.

“I am very proud that Pro2Stride is now a premium iPEGS strategic partner. We are excited to develop the paperless mindset within our region and look forward to being part of the iPEGS global growth strategy. There is an ever increasing requirement for paperless solutions locally and we will now be able to facilitate this need through iPEGS. The Pro2Stride team is honoured to be part of this sustainable partnership.” Marouene CHERIF, Pro2Stride – CEO

 

Go Paperless with iPEGS

 

“We have been working on this partnership deal for the last few months and I am please that we have been able to finalise all contracts and terms with the Pro2Stride team. iPEGS is promoted internationally but mainly in english speaking countries so we have had very little exposure in Europe and North Africa so I am particularly excited about the partnership.” said Adam Leese, iPEGS – CEO.

In a drive to continue its growth internationally, iPEGS is now looking for more strategic partners and resellers in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.

If you are interested in finding out more about the iPEGS Partner & Reseller programme please contact us.

Electronic Consultation Forms – Sports Therapy

January 28th, 2019 Posted by Consultation Forms, Electronic signatures, Paperless, Sports Therapy No Comment yet

In this weeks iPEGS Going Paperless Article we are going to be looking at Electronic Consultation Forms in Sports Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation.

Consultation Forms in Sports Therapy

We are going to be looking at a specific case study with one of our customers Cura Therapy who specialise in Injury Rehab.

Martha from Cura Therapy contacted the iPEGS team and explained her problem:

“I am currently renting a room in a Hair Salon, so as you can imagine there isn’t much space. I have to have a locked cupboard where I store the completed consultation forms and other related paperwork. The main problem is that I store a lot of the equipment I use on a daily basis in that same room, therefore the room is very crowded. The more clients I get, the more equipment I need for rehabilitation to meet my clients’ specific needs. There is not much I can do about the equipment as it is vital for exercise rehabilitation. When I was looking for ways to declutter my treatment room, I decided that going paperless was the way to go.

“Having digital forms will not only save me space but will also reduce my workload. As it is now, I have to take the completed consultation forms home first, scan them onto my usb and then transfer the copies onto an online portal where I keep all my client’s information and notes. I cannot do it at work as I have no room for a photocopier. This is taking a lot of my time and is interfering with my family life as well. At least if the forms are completed electronically and kept online it will save me a lot of time and hassle.”

“Another problem I have is reading my clients’ handwriting as most of it is not legible at all. As most of the paperwork is done after the client has left, I end up struggling to make sense of what they have written. Therefore, digital forms will bring some much needed relief to this problem.”

Martha was keen to use her iPad to complete the Consultation Form with her clients when they arrived for their appointment so she chose to use the iPEGS Direct product – mainly because of the ability to upload and image of the body and draw/highlight areas where the client was experiencing pain.

The Electronic Consultation Form is accessed on the iPEGS App (on or offline) and captures the clients personal details:

Sports therapist Consultation Form

The client’s medical history, current medical conditions and medication are also captured and are essential to help Martha identify the most suitable treatment.

Medical History Form

One of the key features that Martha was keen on was the ability to upload a body chart image that she could then draw on, add text and highlight the areas of pain that the client is experiencing.

Sports therapy Body Chart

The client (and Sports Therapist) can sign the forms electronically along with the date and time. This is the final part of completing this important and essential part of the process prior to the treatment commencing.

Electronic Signature Consultation Form

These consultation forms not only protect the client from any potential risks to their health but they also protect the sports therapist and are essential for insurance purposes.

Once the form’s have been completed they are then submitted securely to the iPEGS Portal where they can be viewed or downloaded as PDF if and when required.

No more risk of losing or misplacing these important forms and no more having to store them in a filing cabinet!

With iPEGS you can quickly and easily create any type of form with the easy to use Form Builder and generate the Web Form or App Form in no time.

Whether you are an experienced professional or are just starting out – it’s time you moved away from the inefficiencies of paper based forms and utilise the amazing technology we have available to us today.

For more information about how to Go Paperless with iPEGS please visit our website here.

Paperless Consultation Forms for the Health & Beauty Industry

January 21st, 2019 Posted by Consultation Forms, Paperless No Comment yet

 

In this weeks iPEGS Going Paperless Article we are going to be looking at Electronic Consultation Forms for the beauty industry, why they are needed and how going paperless with these types of consent forms has a multitude of benefits for all involved.

Consultation forms are required for a wide variety of services within the beauty industry including hair colouring, nails, eyelash extensions, hair extensions, skin treatments and tattooing to name a few. These forms are not only important for the beauty professional to establish the right treatment, product and/or service but it is also essential to obtain information in relation to the clients health including allergies, previous and current illnesses, medication and any other health information that may be relevant to the treatment.

These consultation forms protect the client from any potential risks to their health and also protect the beauty professional and/or salon against any future legal issues.


Many of these consultation forms are still completed in the traditional pen and paper format and while this method works it can problematic and inefficient. Issues include:

 

  • Ensuring you have enough printed forms available
  • Difficult to read or even unreadable handwriting (we are writing less and typing more meaning handwriting is getting worse)
  • Missing or misplaced forms
  • Storing of the paper forms

So why use paper when we have so much technology available to us?

iPEGS provide an easy to use, cost effective way of creating Paperless Consultation Forms that can can be accessed on ANY device, completed easily, signed electronically and submitted in a matter of minutes if not seconds.

By making it as easy as possible for you and your clients to complete these forms, via a medium we are all used, removes the administration burden and enables you to focus on the treatment or service being provided.

Forms can be completed at the time of the appointment or they can be sent ahead of time avoiding delays on the day, meaning no wasted time and a more seamless experience for your customers.

iPEGS Electronic Forms have a number of benefits including:

  • Forms available on ANY device (no more printing)
  • Electronic Signatures with date and time stamp for authenticity
  • Mandatory Fields ensuring the form is completed in full
  • Pick Lists and Tick Boxes for easy form filling
  • Add Photos to the form (before & after)
  • Safe & Secure

Once the form has been submitted securely to the iPEGS Web Portal you will receive an email notification where you can view or download the form and the client can also receive a copy of the form for their own records if required.

No more risk of losing or misplacing these important forms and no more having to store them in a filing cabinet!

With iPEGS you can quickly and easily create any type of form with the easy to use Form Builder and generate the Web Form or App Form in no time.


Whether you are an experienced professional or are just starting out – isn’t it time you moved away from the inefficiencies of paper based forms and utilise the amazing technology we have available to us today.

For more information about how to Go Paperless with iPEGS please click here.

Paperless Photo/Video Consent Forms

January 8th, 2019 Posted by Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Photography No Comment yet

 

In this weeks Going Paperless article we are going to be looking at Paperless Photography & Video Consent Forms and how going paperless with these types of forms has a multitude of benefits for all involved.

There are many different types of scenarios where you may want to take photos or videos of individuals and groups from events at schools, colleges, universities, graduations, community events, sports events, charity events…this list goes on. Depending what country you are in will depend on the privacy and data protection laws associated with taking photos and/or video of people. For the most part you will always need to inform individuals that you will be taking photos or recording video, what the photos/video will be used for and in most cases you will be required to get some form of consent. If you are taking photos/videos of children then you will absolutely need to get consent.

This article is by no means giving advice in relation to what is required in relation to your specific scenario and you should seek your own legal advice for your own circumstances. What we are looking at is the utilisation of technology to make the process of gaining consent as easy and efficient as possible.

 

Photo/Video Consent Forms are still very much completed in the traditional way of pen and paper. While this method works it poses a number of issues and risks including:

  • The time and cost associated with printing the forms
  • Printing the correct amount of forms which often leads to wasted paper
  • Difficult to read or even unreadable handwriting (we are writing less and typing more meaning handwriting is getting worse)
  • Distributing the forms effectively
  • Collecting all of the forms back in (and on time)
  • Missing or lost forms (which could lead to Data Protection issues/GDPR)
  • Sorting, transporting and storing of the paper forms

With our ever increasing use of mobile technology such as Smartphones and Tablets and the more traditional devices such as Laptops and PC’s — using paper based consent forms should be a thing of the past.

 

iPEGS offers an easy to use, cost effective way of creating Electronic Photography & Video Consent Forms that can can be accessed on ANY device, completed easily, signed electronically and submitted in a matter of minutes if not seconds.

Making it as easy as possible for the end user is absolutely key to getting your Consent Forms submitted quickly and by using a Paperless System such as iPEGS facilitates this effectively and efficiently.

Forms can be distributed to large numbers of people to be completed immediately or they can be sent ahead of time — with due dates and reminders set ensuring that no one forgets to complete and submit the form on time.

There are also more advanced features such as pre-population of the form fields making it even easier for the end user to complete the form.

Once a form has been submitted a copy of the form (PDF) can be sent to the user for their own records and you can either have the form sent to the ‘Form Owner’ or it can be submitted securely to the iPEGS Web Portal where you can access the forms as and when required. No more collecting in mountains of paper, no more risk of losing the forms and no more having to store them in a filing cabinet!

 

The vast majority of us are so used to using our Smartphones for all kinds of daily tasks such as shopping, banking, social media and much more — so the completing of consent forms electronically makes absolute sense.

So the next time you are printing out dozens of Photo & Video Consent Forms — think again…save yourself some time, save some paper, make it easy for people to complete these important forms and save some money while doing it!

For more information about how you can create your own electronic Photo and Video Consent Forms with iPEGS please click here.