The principle of informed surgical consent is one of the most important elements of both medical ethics and international human rights law. However, the processes that underpin its practice in the UK healthcare system are needlessly archaic.
Quite possibly, the perceived cost of implementing a digital consent process may be cited as one of the reasons for delaying a deployment. However, as misunderstandings, oversights and human error within the process can mean poorer patient outcomes, operation delay or cancellation or even costly and reputationally damaging litigation, the question should really be ‘can any NHS organisation afford not to implement digital consent?’ The answer according Mr. Stephen Lake FRCS, to is a resounding ‘no’.
This webinar led by Mr. Stephen Lake, Consultant Surgeon at Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, outlines the importance of implementing digital consent, from a clinician’s perspective, and how it benefits patients, healthcare professionals and NHS organisations.
What will you learn during the webinar?
During the webinar, Mr. Lake:
- Explores the comparisons between traditional paper consent and digital consent
- Defines the organisation-wide benefits including cost/time saving, clinical error reduction and comprehensive communication to patients and families
- Clarify’s avoidable risks, potential outcomes and impacts from not (or delaying) digitising the process
- Addresses financial, operational and cultural perspectives, to help tackle known organisational challenges plus wider stakeholder’s misunderstandings or resistance
Mr. Lake also explores the application of eConsent; a digital solution that individualises and enhances patient consent to treatment. It improves the patient experience, saves consultant time, reduces possible errors, and standardises information delivery processes.
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