[Histonet] Physician Signatures

WILLIAM DESALVO wdesalvo.cac <@t> hotmail.com
Fri Dec 17 12:55:40 CST 2010

I previously did not go into to deep detail about security and compliance, but in our system all computer portals are password protected, orders are signed with electronic signature of the ordering person and when a hard copy paper form is printed, the ordering physician's electronic signature is applied. It is the same type of process and signature that is used by the pathologist to electronically sign off all pathology reports. I absolutely agree that you must control access to ordering and maintain integrity in the system. As you work through your process to develop a more electronic system, you will have the opportunity to build in and require proper controls. With those controls implemented, you can then become confident that the electronic process can and will meet your regulatory requirements. 

William DeSalvo, B.S., HTL(ASCP)

> Subject: RE: [Histonet] Physician Signatures
> Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:46:15 -0700
> From: JEllin <@t> yumaregional.org
> To: JWeems <@t> sjha.org; wdesalvo.cac <@t> hotmail.com; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> This is true about electronic ordering but there is a provision on what
> is acceptable for electronic order, just ordering in a system and
> spitting out requisitions does not comply, There needs to be password
> verification and review of this information by the clinician before it
> is ordered and sent to the laboratory performing the service when the
> requisition is created.  They go on to say that orders and requisitions
> are different aspects and should not be confused. IF the orders are just
> received through an electronic interface then there is a difference.
> But if the specimen is received using any paper form then this needs to
> be signed by the clinician either electronically or manually.
> We are looking at this really closely, with using paper requisitions,
> even orders from the OR for frozens, molecular studies, interoperative
> work, all needs to be signed by the surgeon.  Can you imagine the impact
> that this is going to cause. 
> Our current solutions is to have maybe standing orders in place and move
> and look at process within the  Main OR's, outpatient OR and clients.
> Once again a huge problem,, but Bill is right this will lead to more and
> more paperless enviroments.
> Jesus Ellin
> Yuma Regional Medical Center   
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