Specialty Practices Find Smoother Path to EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use Certification with Digital Writing Technology from

  Specialty Practices Find Smoother Path to EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use
           Certification with Digital Writing Technology from Anoto

PR Newswire

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 4, 2013

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Anoto, the world leader in
digital writing technology, today announced that its solutions are being
increasingly adopted by specialty practices as a result of its ease of use and
streamlined approach in the transition to electronic health records (EHR).

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It is critical for specialty physicians adopting EHR technologies to have as
little disruption in day to day activities as possible. However, each
specialty – whether it's Rheumatology, Radiology, Ophthalmology or any others
– has its own unique needs specific to that type of practice which can result
in a slower transition process.

Under the current Stage 1 Meaningful Use regulations, eligible professionals
must use computerized physician order entry (CPOE) (also referred to as
computerized provider order entry) for 30 percent of their patients. Without
doing so, the physician will not qualify for the incentive payments.Digital
writing technology provides a way for specialty practices to continue to work
the way they always have, using forms customized for their particular
specialty. Anoto's technology turns the forms into a live digital document
that is immediately available electronically, streamlining the transition to
electronic records.

Anoto works with partners around the world who are experts in healthcare to
deploy digital writing solutions that capture structured EHR data directly
from pen and paper. Some of the key partners onsite with Anoto at HIMSS 2013

  oShareable Ink – Booth 3568
    Shareable Ink is capturing clinically-rich documentation and transforming
    it to structured data and analytics. Visit Shareable Ink at HIMSS  for an
    interactive demo of our applications that automate areas where electronic
    documentation has traditionally been challenging – from anesthesia to
    patient-generated history to ambulatory sites.Our solutions will also be
    showcased in the Allscripts (#3441), Greenway (#3941) and T-System (#2219)
    booths.For everyone who mentions 'LIBERATE' at our booth, we'll be making
    a donation to Rebuilding Together New Orleans, one of our favorite NOLA
  oNextGen Healthcare – Booth 5315, 149, Interoperability Showcase
    NextGen Healthcare is a leading provider of integrated electronic health
    record (EHR) and practice management systems, connectivity solutions, and
    billing services designed to serve the needs of ambulatory practices,
    hospitals, and other healthcare providers. Our award-winning, certified
    solutions take the lead in improving the quality of patient care and
    increasing operational efficiencies—while delivering a healthy return on
  oeClinicalWorks – Booth 8431, Interoperability Showcase
    eClinicalWorks delivers ambulatory clinical solutions for providers and
    communities, including EMR/PM software, patient portals, ACO/PCMH
    services, revenue cycle management and community health records. With more
    than 220,000 providers and 410,000 healthcare professionals across all 50
    states using its solutions, customers include physician practices,
    out-patient departments of hospitals, health centers, departments of
    health and convenient care clinics.

Digital writing technology's mobility, ease of use and instantaneous data
access has resulted in increased deployments by many specialty practices.
Examples of partners working with specialty practices include:

Shareable Ink:

  oThe Center for Orthopedics (Sheffield Village, OH) is a busy six physician
    orthopedic practice with three clinic locations and providing surgical
    care at four hospitals.While small compared to some orthopedic groups,
    their patient volumes are over the 90th percentile.

    The use of Shareable Ink allows the easy capture of discrete data directly
    in the EHR through patient rather than staff data entry – reducing the
    number of FTEs needed at patient check-in. Comprehensive medical history
    information, including many Meaningful Use data elements, are captured by
    patients in the waiting room and populate the EHR visit note

NextPen^® solution with NextGen Healthcare:

  oArthritis Associates – (South Florida)  specializes in adult and pediatric
    rheumatology. They treat all types of arthritis and autoimmune disorders
    through nonsurgical means.

    The use of digital pen technology allows the practice to immediately bring
    relevant data directly into their EHR system. This has resulted in
    improved efficiency – especially for new patients. The solution also helps
    to achieve meaningful use standards since the forms contain details such
    as smoking history, race and demographic information.
  oPacific Cataract and Laser Institute – (17 locations in Alaska, Idaho,
    Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington)  specializes in cataract
    surgery and laser vision correction. As a referral center, most of the
    people they treat are first-time patients. With cataracts being an
    age-related condition, a large proportion of patients treated are over the
    age of 65.

    They turned to digital pen and paper technology, since it required minimal
    training for staff and virtually no change in the current process being
    used by patients to fill out registration forms. The solution interprets
    the handwriting with high accuracy and provides the added benefit of
    verifying health history information quickly.
  oMetro Imaging – (five locations in the greater St. Louis area, with
    offices in South County, West County, North County, St. Peters and
    Richmond Heights) is a non-claustrophobic MRI, computed tomography,
    ultrasonography, digital mammography, bone density, fluoroscopy and
    digital radiography practice. The organization conducts upwards of 100,000
    exams per year and uses more than 1,000 new patient forms per day for both
    health history and consent.

    By leveraging a digital writing solution, Metro Imaging can immediately
    import relevant structured data directly into their NextGen^® Ambulatory
    EHR, resulting in increased practice efficiency and improved flexibility
    to handle high patient volumes and expedited administrative tasks that
    ultimately deliver better patient care.

How it Works
The digital pen has a tiny camera in the tip. The camera interprets the pen's
position on the patient forms by reading a faint dot pattern added to the page
when printed. Each pattern is unique to that specific sheet of paper, ensuring
that all data goes to the correct patient record. The solution requires no
special printer or paper; you can print from your own printer, using normal
office paper. Once the information is captured, users then simply place the
pen in a USB docking station, or use its Bluetooth capability to review and
approve the data. A perfect image of the form is also captured and can
automatically be attached to the record, making it ideal for signatures and

For more information or to schedule a briefing at HIMSS13, please contact:

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 more than 110 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The
company also has offices in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 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.

For more information

Karen Pantinas
Davies Murphy Group


Website: http://www.anoto.com
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