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- E-Sign Demonstration
- My Settings Preferences
- Security Role Permissions
- System Configuration
- Esign Editor
- All Pending
- CC Physician
- Esign Chart Tab
- System Settings
offers users the ability to electronically sign (e-sign) encounters, orders, result documentation, and the like, helping facilitate communication and improve overall workflow efficiency. E-signatures can be requested manually, with additional notes and comments, or automatically, using e-sign routing rules.
The E-Sign module allows users to review the signature requests and their associated notes or comments, as well as the documents with the pending requests. From here, users can decide to either electronically sign the document(s), or edit or reject the document(s). The E-Sign module also allows clinicians to add documents, tasks, and dictations, and whenever necessary, request co-signers or multiple signatures. And for auditing purposes, HIPAA-compliant timestamps are applied and stored in documents once they have been electronically signed. As a matter of fact, documents can house the e-signatures and timestamps of multiple signatories, and the E-Sign module can track who requested the e-signature, as well as when it was requested.
Additionally, the E-Sign module integrates the common functions of the WebChart Task List module. Through the use of tasks and their priority ratings, reminder and overdue dates, and ease of usability, they not only simplify communication and general requests, tasks promote timely responses and quality care.
Standard functionality includes:
- E-Sign dashboard
- Multi-View feature for reviewing and e-signing up to fifty (50) documents, at once
- HIPAA-compliant timestamps
Users have the ability to manage defaults and specific settings in their account by way of My Settings in the Control Panel. Depending on the specific security permissions of the user, he/she may also manage other user accounts, or even update settings system-wide. It is important to know how to navigate to My Settings and understand the implications of editing and changing specific preferences. The following settings are the most commonly changed user preferences, when using the E-Sign module:
- Show Pending Esign/Tasks
- Number Documents in Multi-Sign
- Notify Me on E-Sign Addition
In order to best address all necessary security role permissions, it is important to understand and know which users or security roles will need access and permissions to the E-Sign module. Below, are the primary security permissions needing consideration, so that an accurate assessment can be made in determining access needs.
Sign Document: Allows users to sign documents. When set to Yes, the user has the ability to sign any document in any chart. If set to No, the user is limited to signing only documents found in the Pending Reviews E-Sign tab, meaning the user can only sign requests assigned to their username, specifically.
The Esign Editor is a configuration tool intended for automating E-Sign Request routes and tasking through the use of programmed business rules. For example, with E-Sign rules, a specific document type (when uploaded or created via an incoming interface) can be routed to a specific user as an electronic signature request, whenever necessary. Though MIE configures the WHERE clauses needed for these automated rules, the Esign Editor is accessible by users who have the required security permission. Audit the default E-Sign Rules in the Esign Editor tab. When considering and reviewing future-state WebChart workflows, determine what documents would routinely require an electronic signature. Then configure those applicable automated E-Sign Rules in the Esign Editor. Custom configuration of automated e-sign or tasking business rules, or to automatically route a percentage of charts seen by a PA or NP to a supervising physician for review and electronic signature, is available as an add-on service.
The All Pending tab of the E-Sign module displays a summary of all outstanding E-Sign Requests. The ListView displays all requests by user last name and the count of each user’s documents pending a signature. It is important to determine what users should be granted permission to access this tab. As noted above, the security permission is All Pending Access and the possible levels of access are None, View, or Delete.
An Esign tab can be configured by MIE to display within charts in the WebChart system. This chart tab shows any outstanding E-Sign Requests specific to the chart, or patient, that are assigned to the logged-in user. Though this is not a highly utilized feature, it is an optional configuration available so that users may see and address E-Sign Requests while working in specific charts.
There are various system settings relevant to the E-Sign module, which may be enabled or disabled system-wide, as needed. These system settings are described, below: Sign All: Enabled by default (value 1). When enabled, the Mark All As Assigned button will be available in the Multi-View E-Sign queue. This allows users to mark and sign all documents requesting electronic signatures, quickly and easily. If disabled (value 0), users will not see this button as an option. These users should manually review each E-Sign Request, selecting the Sign radio button for each request, individually. Request Re-Sign: Enabled by default (value 1). When enabled, previously e-signed documents will be sent back to the signatory upon any edits or revisions to the document. If disabled, a new E-Sign Request would need to be manually sent upon editing or revising. Use Patient Header Layout: Disabled by default (value 2). WebChart will render the standard patient header of basic demographic information above documents in the E-Sign Request queue. This system setting is being deprecated and will be removed in newer systems, soon. New headers will display in the E-Sign module, by default.
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For clients utilizing an inbound HL7 interface, there is an option to configure the interface to request electronic signatures from the carbon copied (CC’d) physicians listed on the document. This process can be executed automatically, with no additional Esign Editor rules needed. If a custom rule is needed, there is the ability to deactivate the HL7 automated E-Sign Request, in favor of a custom WHERE clause in an Esign rule. Regardless of the process used, the logic works off of a translation of the available physician IDs, meaning only those users mapped in the
[interface]-CC Physician translation may have E-Sign Requests created automatically.
This feature is not turned on by default. If the need for automating E-Sign Requests to CC’d physicians is noted, the MIE EDI team will work with clients to make the necessary changes in the HL7 configuration file and collaborate to create the physician translations, as needed.
-1, in order to prevent non-mapped users from receiving any E-Sign Requests.
Two common methods administrative staff and managers use to review E-Sign Requests and general statistics are by using the E-Sign module All Pending tab , as well as by utilizing the Document Reports Document Search . The All Pending tab displays all E-Sign Requests currently pending, along with the tasked user and number of documents pending a signature. The Document Search, on the other hand, is available from the Reports sidemenu, under the Visits grouping, and provides a means to search all documents according to the available E-Sign filters (i.e., No Signature, Signature Pending, Signed, Signature Rejected).
- E-Sign Chart Tab
- Esign-All Pending Tab
- Esign-Request Signature
- Esign-Unrequest Signature
- Esign-Pending Reviews
- Esign-Highlight Transcribed
- Document Search
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