MGMA 2011 – NextGen, NextPen Demo

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Nick Farrell, digital pen specialist, demonstrates the NextPen.

Category: MGMA 2011, Uncategorized
Date: January 13, 2012
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Nick Farrell

Today, I’ll be demoing the NextPen. The NextPen is a ballpoint pen with an infrared camera in the tip of it, here. And this here is a Patient Intake form, kind of a standard form that you would hand to a patient that came in to your clinic. You would hand the patient the pen and the form and they would fill out the normal data that they would. I’m filling out some past medical history, some past surgical history, some family history. You could even write on the form in free hand in some of the fields.

Flip the form over. There is some social history. I’m going to say I’m married. English is my primary language. I’m going to say I’m a cigarette user and I’m going to write in some data for that. And you could even, on this form we’re capturing emergency contact info. The form is pretty tolerant and it’ll allow you to cross out data and then correct the data on the form. Well, I say we’re from California. Put in a zip code here. All the user has to do is dock the pen and that does two things. It charges the pen and at the same time, it sends the data from the form I wrote on through this USB station into the software.

Then if you look on the screen, you will see that what we wrote on the form has been captured on the screen. On the right hand side you have the actual ink that we wrote, just as if you have scanned this piece of paper. On the left hand side, you have the actual structured data. So the year 1999, it has been turned into a structured piece of data. The checked box has been turned into structured data. If we scroll down a bit here, so I’ve got glaucoma written here and it recognized the word glaucoma. If I had to change this, I’d simply put my cursor in that field and use the keyboard to change that data. Likewise on the second page of the form, again, ink on the right hand side and structured data on the left. You can see where I crossed out some data here for emergency contact info and changed it. That worked fine. Lower case, upper case, glaucoma on the front was in cursive. It’s very tolerant about the style of writing, recognized the state and the zip and the other checked boxes.

So at this point I’ve finished approving the data and now I want to actually send it into my EHR. So I simply click the “Send” button on the keyboard. And then now that data has been transferred to the EHR, I don’t have to have my EHR opened, I don’t have to have the patient selected at all. We’re going to go in here. We’re going to take a look at the data and see how it came into the EHR. We populated multiple templates from one piece of paper. Here we had anxiety and allergies just like we checked on our form. I’d written that I had an angioplasty in 1999. You could see that’s captured. Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease is captured as well. We captured a little bit of social history in the “Substances” area. I said I was a tobacco user, two packs a day for 20 years is 40 pack years. And finally, we got some patient demographic info. That populates here on the patient demographic template which was the stuff we put on the back of the form.

You can see emergency contact info, Mike Jones, my brother, California. I had race, language, marital status also captured. It’s regular copy paper printed on a color laser jet printer; nothings special about the paper. This gray sheen is the dot pattern that the infrared camera in the pen is reading. Patient intake, clinician capture, consent forms, foreign language consent forms; we also do a lot of drawing for the different specialties that want to draw like cardiology and podiatry, dermatology do that as well. It’s an easy way for people with the intuitive nature of pen and paper to get data from pen and paper from patient or clinician, simply into an EHR without really having to use a keyboard, much more than they just send the data over.

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