Today’s EHR and HIT news includes an update from Anoto who has announced that 9 million devices using their technology have been shipped around the world, as well as news from MedAptus regarding interoperability for their customers. In other news TSI Healthcare has announced that Western Carolina Eye Associates has been selected a Circle of Excellence Award winner.
Digital Writing Gains Acceptance with Global Adoption of Anoto Live Technology Reaching 9 Million
Anoto, the world leader in digital writing technology, today announced that 9 million devices using Anoto technology have been shipped worldwide. This milestone confirms that Anoto Live™ technology is gaining momentum as a flexible and easy-to-use solution across an unlimited amount of applications for a multitude of different companies.
Anoto’s digital pen and paper technology is widely used in the healthcare industry and is growing in popularity across other fields.
The portfolio of Anoto Live™ pens looks, feels and writes like a normal ballpoint pen. However, it contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor and a mobile communications device for wireless connection. Using a digital pen on a surface covered with the Anoto Live™ dot pattern, you can capture, store and then securely send the handwriting, enabling you to easily convert ink to digital data – immediately.
Anoto’s patented dot pattern is nearly invisible to the naked eye. Every small area of the pattern has a unique combination of dots with different positions. The pattern indicates the exact position of the digital pen as it moves across the surface. There are so many unique combinations that if every variant of dots was printed out, the stack of paper would reach the moon or cover the continents of Europe and Asia twice over.
“The applications listed above are just a handful of the thousands of diverse mission-critical implementations throughout the globe that we get to hear about from our satisfied customers,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “The Anoto Live™ pens are so popular partly because they are incredibly robust and durable. We even had an example of a customer who dropped the pen, drove over it in his truck and then reversed over it again while going back to pick it up. The pen is still working fine to this day.”
Electronic Records Interoperability with Charge Capture Drives Adoption and Saves Time for MedAptus Customers
For nearly ten years MedAptus® has partnered with customers to link its charge capture technology to clinical systems via both seamless interoperability and behind-the-scenes interfacing of charge data. As the deployment of electronic medical records has proliferated over this past decade, MedAptus’ integration skills have increased in sophistication accordingly, leading to high customer satisfaction and clear market differentiation.
MedAptus’ suite of charge capture and charge management solutions cover professional, technical and infusion services coding and billing processes. Customer sites range in size from single-specialty groups to large and complex academic practice plans. These organizations consistently experience improved revenue, accelerated cash, better productivity and enhanced compliance. MedAptus has completed and deployed hundreds of interfaces to and from scheduling, registration, billing, clinical and ancillary systems to support adoption of its automation.
Watson Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice based in Lakeland, Florida, where over 200 physicians use the MedAptus Pro solution for both outpatient and inpatient charge capture, enjoys interoperability between Pro and its NextGen® Ambulatory EHR system. Single sign-on access to entry screens with preserved patient context help Lakeland physicians complete charting and charging tasks efficiently. In addition, the sharing of captured procedure, diagnosis and supervising physician data across the two systems saves providers from redundant data entry.
Another recent example of MedAptus’ EMR interoperability work is with Cerner PowerChart® at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hospitalist physicians from IHA, one of Michigan’s largest multi-specialty group practices, appreciate being able to complete both clinical and coding documentation with minimal clicks when seeing patients at St. Joseph. The charge capture piece is further expedited by these providers having access to their most frequently used procedure and diagnosis codes and up-to-date patient charge history.
University Physician Associates of New Jersey, Inc. (UPA), the faculty practice plan of the New Jersey Medical School, also has reaped numerous benefits from the integration of existing clinical systems with MedAptus. Inbound interfaces containing professional charges from UPA’s ancillary cardiology, radiology and pathology systems transmit the data into MedAptus’ Coder Workstation product allowing for ancillary charges to be reviewed and reconciled alongside professional charges generated by physicians using MedAptus at the point-of-care. This all enables UPA to have complete professional revenue cycle process transparency for ongoing operational improvement.
“Healthcare organizations increasingly want to leverage existing clinical infrastructure as part of their revenue cycle, but often it’s unclear how to do that without negatively impacting physicians and other care providers. The MedAptus solution is to combine workflow analysis with integration expertise and strategy. This allows us to offer a wide array of options that leverage existing investments and data, transforming our award-winning charge management capability into a much broader and centralized repository,” said Patrick Campbell, MedAptus product manager.
TSI Healthcare Selects Local Practice, Western Carolina Eye Associates, as “Circle of Excellence Award” Winners
TSI Healthcare, a national leader in the sales and support of customized healthcare information technology, celebrates Western Carolina Eye Associates’ selection as winners of the annual “Circle of Excellence Award.” Established in 2009, the “Circle of Excellence” recognizes practices that have positioned themselves as leaders in Healthcare IT and champions of improved patient care through the use of Electronic Health Records and Practice Management systems. The award focuses on key indicators that measure efficiency, regulatory compliance, and delivery of quality care through the use of technology.
Practice Manager Brenda Warren from Western Carolina Eye Associates’ of Boone, NC commented, “We’ve reached a turning point in healthcare where practices have to make a decision: continue with the status quo or evolve along with our changing healthcare system. Technology is a key factor in delivering better care through this transition. EHR allows us to improve safety, increase communication, focus on prevention, all while safeguarding privacy. However, there are many Health IT vendors in the industry. The ‘Circle of Excellence Award’ serves as an example of TSI Healthcare’s unmatched dedication to our practice. Ultimately, using EHR with the assistance of TSI helps us provide a higher level of care to our patients.”
TSI Healthcare’s President and CEO, David Dickson Jr. adds, “Western Carolina Eye is a champion in patient care and health IT utilization. In fact, our survey found key attributes that improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Their team serves as an outstanding example for other practices. We are proud to work alongside practices like Western Carolina Eye Associates, who are seeking to bring healthcare to the twenty-first century.”