Anoto Group, the worldwide leader in Digital Pen and Paper technology, today announced it is seeing significant momentum in healthcare across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care and clinical trials.
This momentum continues to establish Anoto technology as a flexible and easy-to-use mainstream data capture option with benefits for all types of healthcare applications. This is further confirmed by many new integrations, partnerships, and customer deployments involving Anoto technology.
Anoto partner Shareable Ink has completed numerous integrations with mainstream EHRs, including Allscripts, Cerner, Epic, McKesson, Meditech, and others, making digital pen technology available to a wide range of healthcare facilities worldwide.
In addition, a large number of new partnerships have been recently announced in the healthcare sector by Anoto and its partners. Some of those include:
- NextGen Healthcare is aligning with Anoto to provide NextPentm, an innovative digital pen solution that quickly and accurately captures structured patient data directly from paper into a patient’s record in NextGen® Ambulatory EHR.
- Anoto partner ExpeData recently announced a joint venture with Nightingale Informatix, to launch “Clinipen”, an EMR-integrated digital pen solution within the North American market.
- Anoto partner Shareable Ink is working with Waiting Room Solutions to provide physicians with the easiest path to achieving Meaningful Use.
- Bayscribe is working with Anoto partner RoverINK™ to provide a clinical documentation application to address point of care data capture for EHRs while enforcing meaningful use criteria.
- H-DOX, a leading provider of web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management Solutions, has also partnered with RoverINK and Bayscribe to provide customers a fully integrated data capture and clinical documentation solution.
- Intelligent Medical Objects® (IMO®) has also partnered with RoverINK to enhance Rover’s data capture and clinical documentation solution by offering coded data output using IMO’s Clinical Interface Terminology.
- writeresult®, a provider of data management solutions for clinical research to the pharmaceutical/life sciences industry, has partnered with ExpeData to automate the process of capturing patient-reported outcomes during clinical trials with Anoto digital pen and paper technology.
- Integrated Document Solutions (IDS), a provider of cloud-based healthcare technology, has recently signed an agreement with Anoto partner ExpeData to integrate the EDW® digital writing platform within its web-based modular EHR offering.
Today, 80 percent of physicians still rely on traditional pen and paper to capture patient information. The HITECH Act, part of the 2009 economic stimulus package, aims at inducing more physicians to adopt EHRs. Digital pen and paper offers a simple, alternative way to capture data into EHR systems. The costs associated with training and workflow interruption are dramatically reduced when using a data capture method that is as easy to use as pen and paper. In addition, there is no intrusion into the doctor/patient communication that can result with other kinds of technologies.
“A significant number of businesses today continue to rely on paper-based processes to capture information,” said David Wood, Principal of the Mobile Document Capture Practice of Harvey Spencer Associates. “Healthcare in particular is under unique pressure to transition to electronic records. Digital pen and paper technology is a method that offers digitized information with minimal user retraining or technical expertise, reducing implementation costs and risks on the road to regulatory compliance.”
Anoto technology includes the Anoto digital pen and the Anoto dot pattern. The digital pen is Bluetooth enabled and has a tiny digital camera under the tip of the pen that takes pictures at 70 times per second as the user writes. When medical staff fills out paper forms, the handwritten information is recorded onto a chip in the digital pen. When the form is completed, the data in the pen is transferred via a USB docking station or through Bluetooth transmission. The handwritten information is converted into electronic data and uploaded into any of a wide variety of applications developed by Anoto partners. Usually handwriting recognition software is then applied. This translates the handwriting into machine-readable data which can then be imported easily into any EHR or other back-end systems.
“Healthcare professionals continue to struggle with digitizing the vast amounts of patient data they need to capture each day,” said Pietro Parravicini, CEO of Anoto, Inc. “Some have turned to tablet computing or laptops; however these solutions can be too complicated or too cumbersome because of the challenges associated with complex equipment, training, and support. Having to overhaul how physicians do their work day-to-day is a major barrier to EHR adoption. With Anoto digital pen technology, physicians can adopt an EHR solution by just changing the pen they are using.”