While not specifically related to pharmacy, this is very interesting. Stephen S. Hau, the founder of PatientKeeper in the 90â€™s, has created a new product called Shareable Ink. The product uses a digital pen on paper forms to capture handwriting. The information is transferred, via wireless connection, to a server where the information is digitized. The technology is not new per se, but the application to medicine in this way is.
Digital Pen Systems promotes the use of digital pen technology with paper forms, as well as digital field solutions. The major difference between these products and Shareable Ink is the ability to synchronize information to a remote server via web-based technology. That alone earns it a big thumbs up from me. Besides, digital ink is just neat. Watch the video at the bottom, it really is quite impressive.
While other digital pen systems are typically geared to an individual user or consumer, the Shareable Ink solution incorporates sophisticated, enterprise-grade software that makes it uniquely suitable for organizations with multiple users, as well as healthcare facilities needing to ensure security of PHI (protected health information). Offered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, Shareable Inkâ€™s zero-footprint, web-based technology means all computing is securely and immediately conducted on remote servers. It provides an unmatched level of security and reliability. All data is encrypted â€“ on the pen as well as during transit between the pen and the Shareable Ink servers.
Shareable Inkâ€™s enterprise backend and web-based technology enables integration with the organizationâ€™s registration, EHR, and data repository systems. Forms may be pre-filled with patient demographic information by inbound ADT and scheduling interfaces. Data from synced forms can be exported in discrete format using modern standards.
Shareable Ink makes paper smart. Rules â€“ both simple and complex â€“ can be built into forms, looking for the absence or presence of specific data. When a provider syncs a form with an error or omission, an alert is sent immediately to the provider or designated assistant in a format of their choice (email, text message, or alpha-numeric page). Rules can reduce administrative rework â€“ saving valuable time for clinicians and chart reviewers â€“ and increase regulatory and quality initiative compliance.