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 Alumnus Robert Epstein Helps Patients “Sign In Electronically”
by Leslie M. Wise, D.C., Dean of Clinical Sciences


Robert Epstein, D.C.

Sign In Electronically Tablet

Walk in to any chiropractic office in the world, and chances are excellent that one of the first items in your line of sight will be the patient sign-in clipboard at the front desk. Maintaining a list of patients in the patient’s own handwriting has long been seen as a legal necessity requiring us to forego confidentiality in order to “take roll.” With the advent of HIPAA, federal regulations to ensure patient confidentiality, doctors have reason to be concerned about privacy issues involved in the clipboard and yellow pad.

1976 Sherman alum, Dr. Robert Epstein, of Pine Mountain, GA, is out to change the topography of every front desk in every doctor’s office in the world. He assembled a team of computer hardware and software experts and has released his solution to the sign-in privacy and confidentiality problem. The patient signs in on a computerized “tablet” and taps ENTER. The signature disappears from the tablet, but is retained in your computer, to be printed or stored at the end of the day. A date and time stamp is added to the signature (in the patient’s handwriting), giving you the required legal documentation. In a multi-doctor office, one more step – selecting a doctor – is added.

I have been using Sign In Electronically in my office for nearly a year, as an official beta testing site, and will never be without it again. Patients generally require prompting and training for about 5 seconds on their first visit, and that’s only if they’ve never been in Home Depot, or have never received a package from UPS. It’s easy to install, and boots up with two mouse clicks. Our office staff and our patients give an enthusiastic thumbs-up to my friend, Bob Epstein, and to Sign In Electronically, the clipboard for the new millennium.

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