Smartpen: rewriting the record
I continue to like pen and paper-which provides me with the freedom to use a mélange of words, diagrams and runes. Perhaps that's why I was so taken by Datapulse's Smart Pen, when I came across it at a recent IT Directors event.
Smartpen allows pen and paper to be integrated with IT. You write with ink in the normal way and a tiny camera records the pen's strokes which you download onto a PC. You then have a hard copy and a digital copy that can be integrated into an Electronic Patient Record accompanied by a full audit trail.
It could digitise readings of vital signs, such as heart rate and temperature, that are written on a chart at the foot of a patient's bed. Time and date could ensure regular readings are taken, perhaps alerting staff if they are not.