Leading digital healthcare platform Practo has announced the integration of various consent forms into the Practo Ray Tab — a first-of-its-kind initiative in India aimed at providing assurance to doctors and patients on a digital platform.
“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,” said Shashank ND, Founder and CEO, Practo.
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 form as per their needs and create different consent forms based on different treatments.
Launched in 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 will 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.
“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. Digitising consent forms in Practo Ray Tab is a great step by Practo, as all patient records can now be digitally stored and are easily accessible,” said Dr Raman Kumar, President, Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI), New Delhi.
“It is also a better alternative as physical copies can be damaged or misplaced,” he added.
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 use electronic signatures as per Sec 2 (ta) of Information Technology Act 2000.