In a 2014 study, the British NHS identified 50% of a doctor’s time is spent on clinical documentation. Recent initiatives and approaches by informed consent media producers, to ease the pressure, are all digital. But those digital solutions are only slowly replacing paper forms.
Currently ALL digital solutions for informed consent are struggling on the market. And that is because they offer no major benefits compared to paper. Documentation, across ALL existing solutions, is still done mostly by hand, just now on a tablet or PC screen. Current solutions are not using modern technology to its full potential and hence are not saving time or improving documentation security.
Additionally, doctors often have no idea about their patients and their knowledge levels before they come in to see them, so the whole process in impossible to prepare for or improve. A patient could be well informed and knowledgable so that the conversation is finished in 5 minutes, or a patient could be anxious, frightened, full of questions and doubt, in which case the conversation could last for an hour or more.
All of these systemic flaws add to constantly rising costs for the whole system, but that’s a story for another article.