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Shareable Ink Helps Providers Capture Quality Data at Point of Care for National Registry of Clinical Outcomes

Shareable Ink®, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.

This is “big data” in action.  “Reporting live from the field” – in real time – into a national quality registry is exactly what the industry as a whole is looking for in order to identify quality and cost issues to improve healthcare overall.

How Shareable Ink contributes to “big data” in such a unique way:

1.       Cloud-based – means that the links to national registry databases are already set up for each and every user – no matter how small the practice.  The provider doesn’t have to deal with connectivity or interfacing issues, or time-consuming manual abstraction of charts to retrieve the data that the registry is looking for.

2.       Does not inflict any workflow change on providers.  The data is captured and exported as a byproduct of the documentation they’re doing anyway as part of the visit.

3.       Structured data at the source.  Our industry is starting to realize that greater adoption of EHR does not mean more or better data.  Much data entered into EHRs is unstructured (free text typed or dictated) – and therefore pretty useless for submitting to registries or analyzing.  Shareable Ink’s approach creates structured data at the source – as the physician is documenting – which can immediately be submitted to registries with no further human intervention.

Information from Portable Anesthesia EHR Helps Clinicians Obtain Benchmarks and Discover Best Practices for Clinical Problems 

Nashville, TN and Chicago, IL  (October 12, 2012) Shareable Ink®, an enterprise cloud computing company that transforms handwritten documentation to structured data and analytics, today announced the successful submission of quality data to the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) using the Shareable Ink Anesthesia SuiteTM.  Anesthesia data is captured electronically and submitted to SCOR as a natural by-product of case documentation in Shareable Ink’s anesthesia EHR.

Through the use of natural input tools, Shareable Ink works as a portable anesthesia electronic health record that allows any anesthesia provider, even those working in ambulatory and office-based settings, to easily and effortlessly capture quality data at the point of care during the course of their normal case documentation. This data is fed directly to SCOR to obtain national benchmarks for the anesthesia group and discover best practices for important clinical problems, such as PONV (postoperative nausea and vomiting), delayed awakening, GERD and perioperative glucose management.

“The SCOR registry currently holds more than 10,000 cases used to track performance measures and is the result of several rounds of revision based on input from active, practicing members of the anesthesia community,” said Dr. John Dilger, SAMBA President. “Through partnerships with industry innovators like Shareable Ink, we’re positioned to make incredible progress to exponentially grow the amount of data and advance the quality of care, so we can have a greater impact on future patient outcomes.”

SCOR is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting initiatives such as AHRQ, NQF and the Joint Commission.

“Shareable Ink enables the easiest capture of structured data at the point of care,” said Stephen S. Hau, President and CEO, Shareable Ink. “We then share that data with national registries, such as SCOR, to deliver on the promises of data-driven healthcare.  At the end of the day, it’s about providing measurable comparisons and insights to help individual providers, facilities, and the industry in general improve healthcare outcomes.”

About SAMBA / SCOR

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) is one of the fastest growing anesthesia organizations, responding to the education and research needs of perioperative physicians practicing ambulatory anesthesia. Founded in 1985, SAMBA enjoys a membership of over 1,400 physicians who actively practice ambulatory, office-based and private practice anesthesia, other health professionals with an interest in ambulatory anesthesia, and residents in training.  http://www.sambahq.org/

SAMBA’s Clinical Outcome Registry (SCOR) is a clinical registry of patient outcomes in ambulatory anesthesia developed by SAMBA. It is structured to include elements needed for national quality reporting as well as to improve your own practice. SCOR is a member benefit of SAMBA, with reports provided to SAMBA members at no cost. SCOR is affiliated with AQI and MPOG. For further information regarding these partnerships, please contact the SAMBA office at (847) 825-5586 or visit the SCOR website at www.scordata.org.

About Shareable Ink
Shareable Ink helps healthcare organizations of all sizes transition to electronic health records without disruption to workflow or burdensome IT projects. Its enterprise cloud-based platform incorporates natural input tools, including iPads and digital pen and paper technology featuring Anoto functionality. The resulting structured and clinically-encoded output populates the EHR with discrete data, as if typed in directly. Built-in analytics give hospitals and practices insight into their operations — from a clinical, quality and efficiency standpoint — all previously inaccessible from traditional paper records. For additional information, visit www.shareableink.com.

November 19, 2012 I Written By

Anoto Announces Continued Worldwide Expansion in Healthcare

The stunning commercial success of tablets and other mobile solutions often masks the newness of these technologies, most of which have become popular only in the last two years. Nowhere is this more the case than in the world of healthcare. Here information usually starts its journey as a piece of paper, a form, or some other document.

Despite the common wisdom that a smartphone or tablet is the best choice when considering a mobile solution, there remains an enormous range of healthcare documents and papers that still need to be filled out or marked up by hand.

Healthcare applications across the globe are turning to the solution to provide instantaneous access to information. As the original mobile device, the pen has been transformed from a device that puts ink onto paper into a rugged, versatile and exceptionally easy-to-use data input device – a smart pen – that lends itself to a variety of unique and highly valuable use cases. There are a number of interesting examples spanning the healthcare industry where digital pen technology is being used.

Technology Being Utilized Around the Globe to Instantly Digitize Information

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — November 13, 2012 — Anoto Group, the creator of Digital Pen and Paper technology, today announced that its flexible and easy-to-use mobile solutions are being adopted by a wide range of healthcare organizations throughout the globe to provide instant access to information.

Anoto operates through a network of specialized partners that work with healthcare organizations that, due to varied circumstances, continue to rely on paper to capture information. Since data collected by the pen becomes instantly available, the solution provides a way for physicians to better collaborate and consult with other healthcare professionals, when and where they need to, translating into better healthcare for all. There is also no physical barrier to the communication between the doctor and the patient that can result with other, more bulky, kinds of technologies such as tablets and laptops.

In addition, the costs associated with training and workflow interruption are dramatically reduced when using a data capture method that is as familiar and intuitive as a pen. For instance, in the UK market, the National Health Service needs to reach a return on investment (ROI) within 18 months on any new technology deployment. Therefore, digital pen technology has been embraced as an ideal solution since it is quick to implement and quick to deliver tangible benefits.

“We continue to find that paper use in healthcare is prevalent universally, particularly for those in remote locations or under pressure to provide accelerated ROI,” said Stein Revelsby, CEO of Anoto. “With Anoto digital pen technology, physicians can digitize information simply by just changing the pen they are using. Better collaboration with patients and healthcare professionals occurs as a result of the information becoming immediately available.”

A recent survey conducted by Anoto looking at paper use in healthcare, found that more than half of respondents still use paper as a primary source for tracking information within their organizations’ daily activities, citing reasons such as:

  • Paper is too embedded in the culture;
  • Technology adoption is too expensive; and
  • Switching to an electronic system requires too much training and would disrupt care delivery.

In addition, 63% of respondents spend anywhere from 25% to more than 75% of their time at work drafting or processing paperwork.

Digital pen technology’s mobility, ease of use and instantaneous data access has resulted in varied deployments worldwide. Some examples include:

  • Digitized Maternity Notes in the UK Digital pen technologies can be used for digitizing maternity notes, as seen recently by the Perinatal Institute, whose digital maternity notes could potentially save £16 million per annum, whilst freeing up even more time for patient care.
  • Meaningful Use in the United States – Digital pen technology is increasingly being utilized by healthcare providers to input structured data into a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) directly from paper. The result is the adoption of Meaningful Use certified EHRs across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and physician practices.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Assessments for Wounded Warriors –TBIs are a serious consequence for soldiers in combat zones. Anoto digital pen technology is used to conduct the TBI test, providing detailed test results, which improves assessments and creates a detailed digital record to which clini­cians can get immediate access and use for long-term tracking.
  • Telehealth Anoto digital pens can be used in conjunction with mobile phone technologies for care in community initiatives, such as the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Frailty Program, which has saved the health board £600,000 per year.
  • Digital Pain Diary Brings Relief to Palliative Home Care in Sweden – Patients experienced an improvement in the contact with their caregivers and felt that they were participating more in their own care. The technology allowed patients to combine the comfort of being cared for in their own homes with real-time monitoring and control of their pain levels.
  • Greater Dedicated Time to Patients in UK 800 clinicians within the Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust use Anoto’s digital pen technologies, which allow the Foundation Trust to spend more time with patients without increasing staff levels.
  • Breast Cancer Screenings in France – Digital pen technology makes it possible to speed up readings and returning interpretations of bi-annual mammograms. The solution helps to eliminate errors by non-medical staff when entering data. It has also resulted in significant cost and time savings. The average time sent per mammogram has been reduced from three hours to 20 minutes.
  • Rehabilitation in Switzerland – Physicians fill out pain assessments forms and the information instantly transferred to electronic data base. Data is now available faster, resulting in more time for care and increased security and accuracy of information.
  • Jamaica Cleft Pallet Surgery – Digital  pens are being used to document the efficacy of preventive dental care in Jamaica in order to drive expanded funding of worldwide programs from global health organizations.

The digital pen 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 Anoto’s patented dot pattern, users can capture, store and then securely send the handwriting, enabling them to instantaneously convert ink to digital data. Every small area of the pattern has a unique combination of dots which 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.

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information, please visit: www.anoto.com.

November 14, 2012 I Written By

Arthritis Associates of South Florida Acquires Access to Patient Health History Faster with Digital Pen Technology from Anoto and NextGen Healthcare

A lot of healthcare practices continue to struggle with capturing patient information particularly when importing medical family and social history into their EHR solution. Survey results from Anoto confirm that despite the growing numbers of organizations implementing electronic health records (EHR) systems, many are not decreasing their reliance on paper-based processes.

A good example of this would be Arthritis Associates of South Florida, a practice that specializes in adult and pediatric rheumatology. Previously, notes from patient visits would be either dictated or written down and then transcribed which would take about three days to process. Now, by just having the patient fill out a form with a digital pen, the practice can immediately bring relevant data directly into their EHR system. This has resulted in improved efficiency – especially for new patients.

Joint Solution, NextPen™, Imports Patient Information Immediately Into EHR Solution Resulting in Faster Diagnosis and Care for Patients

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — July 10, 2012 — Anoto Group, the worldwide leader in Digital Pen and Paper technology, and NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC announced that Arthritis Associates of South Florida has experienced significant benefits since implementing digital pen and paper technology – particularly when importing medical family and social history into their EHR solution.

Arthritis Associates of South Florida specializes in adult and pediatric rheumatology. They treat all types of arthritis and autoimmune disorders through nonsurgical means. Previously, notes from patient visits would be dictated and transcribed and would take about three days to process. Now, by just having the patient fill out a form with a digital pen, the practice can immediately bring relevant data directly into their EHR system. This has resulted in improved efficiency – especially for new patients.

“The information and health history we capture is invaluable in our being able to determine a diagnosis,” said Steven I. Goodman, M.D. “Now patients can just fill out forms with the digital pen and we can quickly capture details, such as where they are having pain, how severe it is, what makes it better and what makes it worse. Now, when I walk into the room, I have access to everything I need – it’s all right there.”

The system works exactly like traditional pen and paper. Each medical assistant is assigned two pens. They provide the patient with the form and the digital pen and then later check to make sure that the data is downloaded correctly. 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 computer docking station. The handwritten information is then converted into electronic data for immediate use.  The solution also helps to achieve meaningful use standards since the forms contain details such as smoking history, race and demographic information.

“Digital pen and paper technology is enabling healthcare organizations like Arthritis Associates of South Florida to increase efficiencies while also helping them to move toward achieving Meaningful Use,” said Pietro Parravicini, senior vice president area manager Americas for Anoto. “Digital pens can quickly capture important information and are very easy to use for staff and patients alike, resulting in immediate benefits.”

In addition to their current use of the technology, Arthritis Associates of South Florida is looking to expand the combined solution from Anoto and NextGen Healthcare within its practice to collect data for disease activity levels for rheumatoid arthritis. They are currently in the process of developing a template that patients can use to fill out with questions reflecting the active level of their condition. The practice believes this will help doctors more quickly and easily prescribe what is needed to improve patient comfort and outcomes.

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information: www.anoto.com.

About NextGenHealthcare

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc., provides integrated clinical, financial and connectivity solutions for ambulatory, inpatient and dental provider organizations. For more information, please visit www.nextgen.com and www.qsii.com. Follow NextGen Healthcare on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nextgen or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NextGenHealthcare

July 13, 2012 I Written By

Anoto Digital Pen and Paper Facilitating Adoption of Meaningful Use Certified Electronic Health Record Technology

Anoto is announcing that its digital writing solutions are helping healthcare organizations make the transition to electronic health records to meet Meaningful Use requirements. As you know, healthcare professionals continue to struggle with getting the large amounts of data that is tied to each patient digital. Anoto’s digital pen technology is a critical piece in the puzzle to quickly and easily capture information and make it available instantly resulting in better, more coordinated care for patients.

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — June 19, 2012 — Anoto, the world leader in digital pen and paper technology, today announced that its digital writing solutions are being increasingly utilized by healthcare providers to input structured data into a patient’s electronic health record (EHR) directly from paper. The result is the adoption of Meaningful Use certified EHRs across a range of areas including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and physician practices.

Anoto operates through a network of partners that work with healthcare organizations as they make the transition to electronic health records. Currently, Anoto partners that meet Meaningful Use requirements include organizations such as NextGen Healthcare, Rover Technology Fusions, Shareable Ink and Nightingale Informatix Corp./ExpeData’s Clinipen™ technology. Because of this certification, healthcare providers can use digital pen and paper to help satisfy Meaningful Use requirements.

“This technology is a good option since it doesn’t force a new behavior; you’re simply leveraging something familiar – pen and paper,” said Pietro Parravicini, senior vice president area manager Americas for Anoto. “By giving practitioners a solution that is both mobile and easy to use to collect and enter required patient data, Meaningful Use can evolve more naturally as part of standard practices.”

Today, 80 percent of physicians still rely on traditional pen and paper to capture patient information. 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 straightforward as pen and paper. In addition, there is no intrusion into the doctor/patient communication that can result with other kinds of technologies.

Anoto technology includes the Anoto digital pen and the Anoto dot pattern.  The digital pen is Bluetooth-enabled and contains 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 one 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.

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information: www.anoto.com.

June 28, 2012 I Written By