Anoto Group and its partners are working together to help physicians achieve Meaningful Use. Today, 80% of physicians still rely on traditional pen and paper to capture patient information. The HITECH Act aims at inducing more physicians to adopt EHRs. The act promises maximum Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments to eligible professionals, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Digital pen and paper offers an alternative way to capture data into EHR systems.
Anoto technology includes the Anoto digital pen and the Anoto dot pattern. The digital pen is Bluetooth enabled and has 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 of a wide variety of applications developed by Anoto partners.