VA licenses medical consent software

The Veterans Affairs Department will use medical consent software from Dialog Medical, of Atlanta, in 162 VA hospitals and hundreds of its outpatient clinics. VA signed the national licensing agreement today for the company's iMedConsent software as the standard for communications between the hospital or clinic and the patient about the patient's condition and proposed treatment.

Healthcare providers face challenges in the informed-consent process, such as the standardization of communication across the enterprise, documentation of encounters and the inherent inefficiencies of a paper system.

The challenges can result in poorly informed patients, incomplete or missing documentation, exposure to risk, and delayed or canceled procedures.

iMedConsent also documents encounters that occur throughout a patient's treatment process. Providers use iMedConsent to assist them in educating and informing patients about conditions and procedures and providing pre- and post-procedure instructions and documenting consent for procedures. The software completes documentation via electronic signatures and integration with electronic records systems.

Dialog Medical customized iMedConsent to meet VA's needs, including integration with the VA's VistA electronic medical record and imaging systems, for quick installation on all VA servers and workstations, and for the informed-consent template form.

The iMedConsent program provides the VA with procedure-specific consent forms for most medical/surgical procedures, patient education documents for thousands of diagnoses and treatments, and an extensive anatomical-image gallery that allows the physician to annotate images and simplify complex topics for the patient.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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