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Why using a smart pen that links to an ehr may be a better choice for your mobile behavioral Health workforce

Posted by David Ballenberger on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 @ 09:04 AM


  • What are the differences?

    A Smart Pen simply maps a form to the pen. In short, you create a form in an EHR that matches a form you’re using on paper right now, and you use the Smart Pen to fill in the form, just as you would with a regular pen. When you return, you dock the pen and the data downloads to that associated form in the EHR.


    How is this different from using a computer or tablet? First, you have no equipment except for a pen and probably a clipboard (so you have something to write on.) Second, an EHR that is web-based requires an internet connection. For a mobile health care professional who is visiting remote sites such as nursing homes or hospitals, connecting to their internal WIFI securely may be difficult or even impossible depending on security settings. And they aren’t lugging around a laptop or tablet. They don’t even have to type! The Smart Pen allows them to use a natural interface with which to record client notes.


    Using a Smart Pen mimics using paper forms, but connects seamlessly to the main office EHR.



  • Why should you consider a Smart Pen system?

    Some health professionals are not good working with computers. Connecting to wireless networks, troubleshooting them when they don’t, when they should be seeing patients – these tasks are time consuming and can interfere with the patient-physician experience.

    A paper-based system (Smart Pen and clipboard) is one of the least intrusive clinical-note-taking methods. The Smart Pen simply amplifies the effectiveness by making it digital.


    A Smart Pen allows mobile physicians and nurse practitioners to meet with clients in their home or residential setting and still capture their case notes and clinical information in a digital format. When they return to their desks, they can simply dock the pen, and the contents will sync directly to the appropriate forms. This means the home office will have all of the data that day.


    The home office receives billing, clinical and other notes directly into the EHR, so they don’t need to wait for paper forms to be sent to them from visiting physicians. They can continue billing for their services every single day, rather than weekly or bi-weekly.


     A Smart Pen linked to forms is cost effective and very light weight system that scales with your mobile workforce and helps them stay connected and in front of clients to provide better care.


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Topics: Behavioral Health Care