HIMSS 2012 – Shareable Ink, Stephen S. Hau, Howard Rollins

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Dr. Howard Rollins, EHRtv AIMS specialist and medical consultant, interviews Stephen S. Hau, President & CEO of Shareable Ink.

Category: AIMS, HIMSS12, Tradeshows, Uncategorized
Date: March 19, 2012
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Dr. Howard Rollins: This is Dr. Howard Rollins with the EHRtv and I’m continuing our talk with Steve Hau, the CEO of Shareable Ink. Steve, thanks for spending some time with me. As you know, I’m an anesthesiologist so I have a particular interest in anesthesia.

Stephen Hau:: Right.

Dr. Howard Rollins: My understanding is that your first customers were actually anesthesiologist. Is that right?

Stephen Hau:: That’s right. Our technology is generally applicable within healthcare. But we start in anesthesia and have seen great success with our anesthesia customer.

Dr. Howard Rollins: So tell me a little about your product does for somebody like me?

Stephen Hau:: Sure. As we look at the anesthesia market, it turns out about 93% of anesthesiologist document on paper templates typically referred to as anesthesia records and that’s after 30 years of so-called AIMS systems and touch screen systems trying to make their way into the operating room and you know, we’re discovering as anesthesiologist like documenting an anesthesia records. It’s familiar. It’s comfortable. It’s fast.

Dr. Howard Rollins: It’s what we do.

Stephen Hau:: It’s what they do.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Right.

Stephen Hau:: And they don’t want to have to rustle with cumbersome computer systems. At the same time, we all need data. Physicians need the data, revenue cycle for quality care for trying to capture SCIP measures.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Right.

Stephen Hau:: And so, we’ve been able to essentially give the best of both worlds which is a documentation tool that’s convenient to anesthesiologists but also create the data that the industry needs.

Dr. Howard Rollins: So Steve, take me through this for a moment, I’m at your anesthesia workstation, I got a patient in front of me, what happens next with your product?

Stephen Hau:: Well, it’s great because you essentially do what you’ve always done. We provide you with an anesthesia record which by the way is your anesthesia record. It’s not a different form it looks exactly what you’ve been using and it’s an anesthesia record on normal paper but it’s printed with our dot pattern and the only thing you really do differently is use a pen with the camera in it. It’s called a digital pen and as you write, it’s recording everything that you’re writing and essentially your pen strokes are transmitted to our servers where we essentially convert your writing into discreet digital data.

Dr. Howard Rollins: It might be difficult with my handwriting. How does that work?

Stephen Hau:: Well you know, we have a lot of innovative handwriting recognition technology so really a stack of cards in our favor to interpret your handwriting both because forms are very structured. We have a sense of what you’re probably going to write so we don’t have to search the entire English dictionary. If you write a drug that you’ve administered you know, we search a drug database which is obviously a smaller set of choices than the entire English dictionary.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Right.

Stephen Hau:: And beyond that we learn. We study what you typically do and begin to calibrate our system to be more supportive with you personally.

Dr. Howard Rollins: So this is a way to bring this kind of technology to anesthesia without totally upsetting the whole apple-cart and allowing anesthesiologist to still feel that they’re doing what they always did.

Stephen Hau:: Yes, that’s absolutely right.

Dr. Howard Rollins: That’s fantastic. Steve, on another note, here at HIMSS I hear that you have a new – an announcement to make, a new affiliation or association if you will. Tell us about that.

Stephen Hau:: Right. So in markets outside of anesthesia, we got other technology partners who’ve included our technology with their own products. This is includes Allscripts which is one of the largest EMR vendors United States. Yesterday, we announced the partnership with Greenway, another well-known, large EMR vendor. We also have a relationship with T-System. We jointly developed a product called Digital Share which T-System uses in the emergency department.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Steve, thank you very much. Do you have a few moments to give us a brief demonstration?

Stephen Hau:: Sure, I’d love to. So in the example of anesthesia records, we will give you a paper anesthesia record exactly what we’re used to. It’s your form and you continue to document the cases as you normally would have. Here I’m just making a few notations. The pen strokes, you’re writing is sent to our servers and process and you can view them here on Internet Explorer on the web browser. So you can see here, I just look a patient path and if I drill down a little, you could see really within a matter of seconds, I have a high resolution facsimile of the actual anesthesia record. But there’s more which is I’m able to convert what I wrote into data. So here, I wrote morphine, my terrible handwriting and the system correctly interpreted “Oh that’s morphine.”

Dr. Howard Rollins: Right.

Stephen Hau:: Not only that because we have all this data where there were deficiencies in the record. For example, I didn’t enter an anesthesia time or my anesthesia type or and sign the form. It lets me know and I can make those corrections very quickly to ensure that I have a complete anesthesia record every time. The other thing that you might find interesting is the data is valuable. So one great thing is that we’re able to aggregate data from all the providers this is useful for both hospitals who are interested in tracking quality as well as for provider group to ensure that they are measuring all their providers on an objective basis.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Thank you very much.

Stephen Hau:: Here I can drill down look at Tennessee. Look at Hammock Medical Center. There’s an outlier and I can find the actual case and then, pull the actual anesthesia record. So affiliate, aggregate data, finding outlier, drill down and pull the actual record.

Dr. Howard Rollins: Thank you very much Steve.

Stephen Hau:: Thank you.

Dr. Howard Rollins: It was a pleasure speaking to you.

Stephen Hau:: I appreciate your time.

Dr. Howard Rollins: And best of luck to you,

Stephen Hau:: Thank you very much.

Dr. Howard Rollins: This has been Dr. Howard Rollins with Steve Hau from Shareable Ink. Steve, thank you very much.

Stephen Hau:: Thank you. I appreciate your time

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