Digital writing technology developer Anoto, Westborough, Mass., has announced its technology will be powering the newly unveiled NextPen Voice from NextGen Healthcare Information Systems.

The new pen provides a choice between written and voice input, depending upon clinical examination protocols, preferences, and specialties.

"Providers can switch between voice dictation and handwriting easily during patient encounters, by simply tapping the pen," Anoto said in a release announcing the product's launch. "By selecting its built-in microphone in voice mode, users dictate into the pen and the recorded audio is automatically associated with the correct patient, form and field. NextPen Voice is an exclusive digital pen technology for healthcare applications available only from NextGen Healthcare."

In writing mode, the pen tracks its position on a paper form and records every stroke. Handwriting and drawings are recognized and dictation automatically routed for transcription. Once the provider approves the transcription with a click, the company says NextPen Voice automatically sends the dictated/transcribed data into the patient's chart as narrative text and similarly, the handwritten data into the same chart as structured data.


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