February 25, 2021 at 10:23 am #38485
I am in the process of creating several forms for use with EDocs that require the patient to input a lot of information. One particular form which gathers health information can take up to half an hour to complete. Having done a test run, it seems that it is not possible to save the form during completion, which means that the patient has to complete it all in one sitting, which could be inconvenient for such a lengthy form. Is there any way in which a patient can save a partly -completed document so that they continue later?
Also, trying to create a long and detailed form for use with EDocs is very laborious and difficult as there is no flexibility with formatting and I have to use the Label feature for writing paragraphs of information. Is there likely to be any change to this system, so that it is possible to create much more user friendly forms for both the practitioner and the patient? There is a lot of potential for the EDocs system to cut out so much of my information-gathering paperwork and it’s potentially such a good system, but at the moment it seems to be mainly designed around gaining signatures, rather than large amounts of information.
Many thanks.March 1, 2021 at 11:29 am #38486Joshua BarrsKeymaster
Thanks for your post.
In answer to your questions, E-Docs functionality was released as a priority to help facilitate as much of a contactless workflow as possible.
This was an evolution of our E-Sign feature, hence the current limitations, but yes, we are planning on adding to this, and we will continue to improve it on into the future. We just wanted to get that core functionality out there as soon as possible.
In the meantime, is there any way you could split the long document down into individual forms? Perhaps 3 forms breaking it down into 10 minute sections?
That way, when a patient clicks next to go onto the next form/section, this is automatically saved. If the patient comes back to it later, the section they have already submitted will remain saved.March 1, 2021 at 1:20 pm #38487
Thanks for the reply.
I can’t really separate the form into separate documents as I already require them to complete privacy documents and consent forms using EDocs. I think if I added any more separate forms it would become confusing/overwhelming for the client.
I look forward to the improved functionality as I am sure it will work really well. Any idea of when this is likely to happen?March 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm #38488Joshua BarrsKeymaster
The way the system would handle this as far as the patient is concerned is as a separate page. That way you could create 3 forms, but at the top of each one, you could put something like ‘Medical History Continued…etc’.
You could then at the bottom of each section pop in a label that says something like…
‘Click Next to move onto section 2 and to save your progress.’
When the patient then comes back, it would take them straight to section 2. (We know this is actually a separate form, but you can format it in such a way that it just looks like a continuation of the form.)
That way, it’s broken up a little for the patient rather than having just one long document.
Regarding improvements to the system, we don’t actually have anything planned at the moment, and so by extension, we don’t have any timescales to offer. This is just because other updates have taken priority, such as the online diary.March 1, 2021 at 3:23 pm #38489
Okay – that sounds like a good idea. I will try that.
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