Activities here and there and responsibilities now and then — with these hustles and bustles, our mental health is undeniably at stake and we have to be more careful about it.
While discussing mental health issues is still a stigma, it’s good to know that we’re already starting to normalize discussing it today. In fact, there has been a growing awareness and acceptance of mental health issues as legitimate and important aspects of overall well-being.
We even have World Mental Health Day which is an important occasion that aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and advocate for improved mental health care.
And to celebrate World Mental Health Day, we want to dive in and inform you about Digital Patient Forms and how they can help empower mental health awareness.
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What are digital patient forms?
Digital transformation has become a buzzword in the business world and for a good reason. It encompasses integrating digital technologies into various aspects of an organization, leading to fundamental changes in how businesses operate and deliver value to their customers. One of the key pillars of digital transformation is business automation.
How can digital patient forms help in empowering mental health patients on World Mental Health Day?
Digital patient experience and its technology deliver multiple benefits compared to the traditional paper-based forms which many medical practitioners and patients find time-consuming. With digital patient forms, they can fill out and obtain essential information in the comfort of their homes.
Aside from convenience for both medical practitioners and patients, here are some other ways online patient forms can empower mental health awareness:
It helps in reducing mental health stigma
Since online patient intake forms allow users to complete them digitally and privately, they don’t need to have face-to-face interactions, which helps reduce the mental health stigma and makes it easier and more comfortable for them to seek assistance and support.
Patient data privacy
Ensuring digital patient information security is required in the health industry, most especially for mental health patients. They need to know that their information is safe and confidential, so they can share what they feel and experience more openly.
One way to ensure your patient’s healthcare data protection is through HIPAA compliance solutions, so make sure that when you create your online patient forms, you use a tool that comes with HIPAA compliance.
It helps save time
Digital patient forms eliminate the need to manually complete patient information from paper to electronic health records, saving time for both the healthcare staff and patients. It can also reduce the waiting times at the clinic or hospital.
It helps in preventing errors
Since digital forms can come with data validation rules, they can automatically help users detect inconsistencies and missed fields when filling out. These validation rules help patients provide accurate and complete information, reducing errors in medical records.
Digital forms can be interactive, guiding patients through the process and providing explanations or clarifications when needed. There are various patient engagement tools, patient registration software, and online patient portals that can assist them in having the digital patient experience.
It helps reduce costs
Going digital can lower the costs of printing, sorting, and managing paper forms. It can lead to more efficient administrative processes, allowing healthcare providers to practice mental health awareness in the workplace.
Ways to use digital patient forms in your health organization
To help you easily incorporate digital patient forms into your health organization and empower mental health awareness, here are some ways you can use them:
You can create online patient registration forms that capture patient demographic information, contact details, insurance information, medical history, and other essential information you need to better assist them.
Even consent can now be collected online through digital forms. With this, patients can provide electronic consent for various procedures, treatments, or surgeries.
Medical History Questionnaires
With digital patient forms, you can create questionnaires to track patient’s medical history and learn more about their mental health condition, current medications, and past medical conditions.
Digital forms are also usable as Intake Forms. You can use them to gather information about the reason for the patient’s visit, symptoms, and other relevant details.
Conclusion: The Power of Business Automation
In empowering mental health awareness, it’s vital to recognize the potential of digital patient forms in providing mental health support to individuals. To add, it is important to ensure that these forms are designed with patient information security and sensitivity to the unique needs of mental health patients and that there is a human healthcare information system in place to follow up on the patient data collection and deliver appropriate care.