The solution will offer considerable savings – potentially £24 of clinical time per pregnancy
Midwives Use Digital Pen Technology to Streamline Record Keeping
London, UK – 15 October - Anoto, the creator of digital pen technology, today announces its part in a new maternity electronic data capture system which will revolutionise the collection of maternity information, particularly within community settings. The new system – E-Preginfo – provides an end-to-end solution for complete data capture of Perinatal Institute pregnancy notes using digital pens.
E-Preginfo has been developed through a partnership between Anoto, its wholly owned UK data capture specialist Ubisys and the Perinatal Institute (PI), a centre of excellence in audit, research, education and training in maternity care.
E-Preginfo electronically underpins PI’s nationally used Pregnancy notes which form a core maternity dataset for secondary analysis and is an essential component of the planning and delivery of maternity care; improving safety and reducing inequalities as well as national data requirements. E-Preginfo uses digital pens with digitalised pregnancy notes and a data collection system that can either be a stand-alone storage and reporting system or linked to the local Trust’s Maternity Information System. E-Preginfo is particularly beneficial for community midwives who traditionally collect the majority of data in hard copy, before that data is manually entered into a hospital’s electronic records system, which is expensive in terms of clinical time. E-Preginfo has been successfully trialled within six maternity units across the West Midlands with positive feedback from clinicians.
“E-Preginfo offers a quality assured, cost effective solution that captures community data accurately and in real time whilst also improving clinician efficiency,” says Professor Jason Gardosi, director at the Perinatal Institute. “The solution will offer considerable savings – potentially £24 of clinical time per pregnancy, which with 680,000 births across the UK annually amount to a potential saving to the Health Service of £16m per annum.”
About Anoto Group
Anoto Group is the company behind digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable capture and 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. Ubisys is a wholly owned company of Anoto Group and has been a specialist service provider of Anoto solutions since 2004. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in 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 or www.ubisys.co.uk
About the Perinatal Institute
The NHS Perinatal Institute have many years expertise in capturing maternity data and providing analyses that assist improvements of care enhanced patient safety.
The standardised maternity notes have been developed by a multi-professional team at the Perinatal Institute, in consultation with mothers, midwives and other care providers. The aim of the notes is to improve maternity care and safety in accordance with national guidelines. The Notes are updated regularly to represent the latest recommendations for best practice. The Perinatals standardised maternity booking Green Notes are used for just over 50% of the births in England making them the most widely adopted data capture method.
The standardised format seeks to replace the heterogeneity of locally developed maternity notes, which increase complexity of care for mothers across provider boundaries, and for doctors and midwives moving between different units.
Ubisys was formed in 2004 and has extensive experience in integrating Anoto based digital pen and paper solutions. Ubisys was purchased by Anoto in early 2012 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Anoto Group AB.
Ubisys helps organisations across all business sectors and vertical markets simplify and expedite data collection through the use of natural handwriting techniques using digital writing devices such as digital pens. The company is based in Leeds and works in partnerships with mobile operators, software vendors and resellers to bring end user solutions to market.
Janne Virtanen, Davies Murphy Group
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