However, paper forms and physical signatures can be time-consuming, labour-intensive and unnecessary use of paper. We recently introduced a new Signature field on our form builder tool that streamlines the consent process for clients and practitioners.
Despite these advantages, it's worth noting that wet signatures still hold importance in certain situations where physical documents are required or when dealing with entities that have not fully embraced digital transformation. Moreover, the acceptance and legality of digital signatures may vary across different jurisdictions. Depending on your jurisdiction, a wet (written) signature may be preferred for consent of medical procedures and data protection, so ultimately, this could be a decision for your clinic and your legal team.
Thankfully, Rehab Guru offers users the Files section in your Clients page, as well as the signature blog.
For those choosing digital, the new Signature field on Rehab Guru's form builder tool has greatly improved the client experience when giving consent. No longer do forms have to be printed out, signed and handed in for uploading. Instead, they can quickly sign the consent form electronically on their computer or mobile device. Clients can also be confident that their signature is secure, as the Signature field is encrypted and protected by Rehab Guru's robust security measures.
One of the main benefits of the Signature field on Rehab Guru's form builder tool is that it increases compliance and security. By using electronic signatures, practitioners can be confident that they comply with legal and regulatory requirements for obtaining client consent. The Signature field also ensures that client data is secure, encrypted and stored on Rehab Guru's servers. This eliminates the risk of lost, stolen, or damaged paper forms, which can compromise client confidentiality and privacy.
The new Signature field on our form builder tool is an innovative and valuable addition to our platform. It streamlines the consent process for clients and practitioners, improves the client experience, enhances practitioner efficiency, as well as increasing compliance and security. As healthcare progresses towards a more digital future, tools like Rehab Guru's Signature field and file uploader will become increasingly important in providing safe, efficient, and effective processes for your client's care and clinic management.
David is a Chartered Physiotherapist with clinical experience in the NHS, MoD and professional sport. He continues to work clinically alongside his development role in Rehab Guru. David is passionate about Health tech to transform outcomes for clients.