Our facility's lay summaries are accessible to our patients on computer. Because of this, we do not print out summaries to send to the patients. Will providing the lay summary through the use of computers (e.g., E-mail) be acceptable under the final regulations?
Computer generated lay summaries are acceptable under the final regulations. The facility may develop appropriate procedures for providing these lay summaries to their patients. Where electronic means (e.g., E-mail) will successfully provide the lay summaries to the patients, they may be used. However, where electronic means can't achieve this goal, hard copy (paper) lay summaries must be provided.