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Dr Eric Toni – Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine – Paperless Case Study

July 18th, 2019 Posted by Aesthetics, Beauty Client Forms, Consent forms No Comment yet

Challenges that Dr Eric Toni experienced prior to using iPEGS:

  • Lots of paperwork to manage
  • Printed forms are costly to produce, and redundant if changes are required 
  • 20% of appointments took place at third party premises and transporting paperwork was a hassle

Benefits of using iPEGS:

  • Forms immediately get pinged back to us upon completion where we can immediately store them on our system
  • Clients feel much more engaged and involved in the consultation process completing the form on an iPad as opposed to a paper form
  •  The prescription template we use for pharmacies can easily and quickly be updated
  • Cost effective
  • New treatment consent forms can be produced and implemented very quickly
  • Client can receive a copy of the form via email for their records

Following Dr. Eric Toni’s annual appraisal, it was apparent that the clinic needed to move to electronic client consent forms.

“We had lots of historic forms that needed reviewing, and at the same time, we wanted to reduce the amount of paperwork. Some of our client consent forms were 7 pages long which had to be printed out for each consultation. This became very time-consuming.”

The other reason for moving away from paper forms was that 20% of appointments took place at third party clinics where they had to transport all the paperwork and bring it back to the office completed. 

“Using the iPEGS electronic forms, they get immediately pinged back to us as soon as they are completed and then stored against the client’s file in a safe and secure place. The job is done!”

“Since moving to electronic consent forms and allowing our clients to complete the form on an iPad, we have noticed that clients appear to be a lot more engaged and involved in the consultation process.”

As a Private Medical Practice, Dr. Toni provides Botox Therapy which is a prescription-only medicine. Electronic forms have allowed them to easily update the prescription template which they send to the pharmacy. They were also able to build a patient satisfaction survey and implement it within 24 hours. The survey can be completed at the clinic or sent out via email post treatment.

“iPEGS were very helpful getting the forms up and running for us. ‘We strongly recommend opting for this service as they have the technical expertise to build the forms on your behalf and integrate them with your internal systems.”

If you are looking for a paperless solution for your business and would like to view an example electronic aesthetics form please click hereFor more information about the paperless products for this sector please click here or feel free to contact us on 01244 955350 or email info@ipegs.co.uk with any enquiries.

Professional Eyes Studio – Paperless Case Study

July 18th, 2019 Posted by Beauty Client Forms, Consent forms, News No Comment yet

Challenges that Professional Eye Studio faced using paper based forms:

  • The repetitive nature of handling endless paperwork – clients had to fill in different forms for different treatments.
  • Staying compliant with the new GDPR regulations.
  • We needed a solution that was designed for a small business like ours that could help reduce paperwork and improve efficiency

Results that Professional Eye Studio have achieved since going paperless with iPEGS:

  • Incorporating multiple forms into one which saves time and money for both us and the client.
  • Clients feel more at ease that their confidential information is stored securely.
  • Switching to electronic forms has allowed us to stay fully compliant with GDPR regulations.
  • Clients see professional-looking forms which are easy to complete.

Professional Eyes Studio provides the latest beauty treatments including Hybrid and Classic Eyelash Extensions, Nouveau LVL, Microdermabrasion and New dimension Non-Surgical Facials. Their decision to switch to electronic client consent forms was driven by handling too much paperwork and the repetitive nature of dealing with multiple forms for different treatments.

The various aesthetic treatments that Professional Eyes Studio offers meant that a client had to fill in numerous forms if they were having more than treatment. This was time-consuming for the client, as well as for the business having to process all the paperwork. The implementation of IPEGS electronic forms has meant that clients now only need to complete one form on their first visit which covers multiple treatments.

With new GDPR regulation, Professional Eyes Studio needed to review their data protection policies and IPEGS secure forms helped improve GDPR compliance. “I think our clients feel more secure and at ease using electronic forms; knowing that their confidential information isn’t just left on a piece of paper, it’s stored securely in the cloud.” says Elizabeth Hurrell, owner of the Salon.

“IPEGS is a brilliant solution for a small business like ours. It’s scalable too as we grow. I have definitely saved both time and money switching to electronic forms.”

Professional Eyes Studio wanted to give their clients a professional experience from start to finish. “By handing clients an iPad to complete the form on their visit has certainly helped us achieve this. It looks and feels more professional” comments Elizabeth.

“The set-up of the forms was handled very professionally by IPEGS. Adam helped us rectify any mistakes and held our hand throughout the process until we were happy with the overall layout.”

“IPEGS has been a perfect solution for my business and I wouldn’t hesitate to any small business looking to reduce paperwork and save themselves lots of time and hassle.”

If you are looking for a paperless solution for your business and would like to view an example electronic beauty lash form please click here. For more information about the paperless products for this sector please click here or feel free to contact us on 01244 955350 or email info@ipegs.co.uk with any enquiries.

Patient consent forms for aesthetic procedures – 3 reasons why the industry is going electronic

June 10th, 2019 Posted by Aesthetics, Consent forms, Consultation Forms, Paperless No Comment yet

Most aesthetic practitioners, clinicians and surgeons understand the importance of taking proper and detailed informed consent before undertaking any aesthetic treatment. With medical litigation laws tightening in the UK around aesthetic procedures and indemnity costs rising each year, skin clinics, beauticians and cosmetic surgeons are looking at ways to protect themselves even further when carrying out aesthetic treatments.

It’s one of the main reasons why many skin clinics are turning to electronic patient consent forms. Not only do they provide a very clear and simple way to collect client data, they look and appear professional too.  This article examines three ways why the beauty industry is going electronic.

1.     Enhanced security

Electronic patient consent forms for aesthetic procedures provide improved security; giving you peace of mind that information is stored securely and can be easily referred to months, if not years after the treatment.

Paper forms, on the other hand, can get lost, stolen and even damaged – and if something happens to them, there’s usually no backup.

2.     Clearer understanding for the patient

Completing consent forms electronically will benefit both you and the client.  Information is clearly displayed and any important legal information such as recovery period and any possible complications can be easily highlighted. Forms can also be customised to suit your brand – making the whole consent process slick and professional.

Incomplete and illegible paper forms leave us vulnerable to litigation but having all the information displayed electronically provides you with a detailed, accurate, and more importantly legible consent which, should any legal action be taken, will stand up better in Court.

3.     Faster consultation process

With a rising number of patients wanting aesthetic procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers and thread lifts, aesthetic clinics, skin clinics and beauticians need to find ways to speed up the consultation process and make it as efficient as possible. Electronic consent forms can be completed much quicker than paper forms, especially in today’s digital age when people seem to find it easier and faster to type than to write.

Once the client has completed the consent form electronically, it can be automatically stored and archived. Paper forms, on the other hand, come with the administrative burden of having to transfer the information electronically, which can be considerably time-consuming.

New technology (apps and tablets) has provided a great platform to improve efficiency, appear more professional and reduce risks that may leave us vulnerable to litigation.

iPEGS is helping the cosmetic and beauty industry go paperless by offering easy-to-use, electronic forms that can be customised to your specific treatments and brand. These forms can be accessed on any device – forms can be completed remotely by the client before their appointment or they can be completed face to face on an iPad, tablet or laptop. Copies of the form are emailed to both the client and the clinic and they are also stored securely in the cloud for future reference if required.

Why not try them out? See how easy they are to use and customise by trying five forms for FREE.  Sign up today or contact us for more information.

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 consent form 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 an acupuncture 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/

For  more information please click here or feel free to drop me an email: steve @ ipegs.co.uk