Digital Writing Technology dramatically speeds up Midwives’ Administration to meet PbR Payments
London, UK – 11th March 2013 Anoto, creator of digital writing technology, together with its platinum partner DevelopIQ, a mobile data capture specialist, today announced that its digital writing technology together with BlackBerry smartphones is being used to comply with the up and coming Maternity Pathway Tariff, which goes into effect on 1st of April, 2013. Anoto’s patented digital writing technology, used in combination with DevelopIQ’s PaperIQ platform, enables NHS Trusts to effectively record its Payment by Results (PbR) and Maternity Pathway Tariff data and share it electronically, without burdening the IT or midwifery teams with additional paper work.
Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust installed Anoto’s digital writing technology and DevelopIQ’s PaperIQ platform, combined with mobile technologies from BlackBerry, in under two weeks to meet PbR and Maternity Pathway Tariff requirements. It immediately found that it streamlined the administrative processes required for the Maternity Pathway Tariff and sped up the payments to the Trust, as information is now shared digitally with governing bodies at the touch of a button.
Under the new Maternity Pathway Tariff, Trusts will see the Maternity Pathway split into three periods: Antenatal, Birth and Postnatal episodes. At the start of each period, the expectant mother will be assessed and assigned a level of care, after which the Trusts will receive one payment per period based on the assessment treatment level. These are set to Standard, Intermediate and Intensive. Once the assessment is complete, each Trust is responsible for determining how many visits the expecting mothers will make during the course of the pregnancy and the type of treatment that they will receive.
“With the NHS mandatory maternity activity coding changing in April 2013, we decided to meet this challenge by procuring a digital pen solution that will allow midwives to capture risk assessment data for expectant mothers,” says Ashford St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Head of Informatics Programme Management, Laura Ellis-Philip. “Without this information, the Trust could be paid at a lower tariff for high risk patients, leading to a substantial loss of income. Due to the importance of this project, we decided that DevelopIQ should be delivering the digital pen solution due to its strong background in supplying digital pens to the NHS.”
“Maternity units across the UK will need to comply to both the PbR and Maternity Pathway Tariff by 1st of April, leading to a major shift in the way Trusts are being paid and the way in which they need to collect information to ensure they are receiving the correct payments,” says DevelopIQ business development manager, Claire Brookes-Daniels. “By using a combination of Anoto’s digital writing technology and our PaperIQ platform, Trusts can have a compliant solution in place in only two weeks. It is quick to deploy and doesn’t require extensive training or integration into a current Maternity solution.”
Other trusts to implement the Anoto and DevelopIQ solution include Sheffield Hospitals Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, Leicester NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
“Anoto’s digital writing technology lends itself well to the maternity sector as it is robust and streamlines administrative tasks, which is key for maternity units in England in light of the PbR and the Maternity Pathway Tariff,” says Anoto CEO, Stein Revelsby. “The quick turnaround and deployment afforded by Anoto’s technology and the PaperIQ platform from our partner, DevelopIQ, has been instrumental in meeting the April 1 deadline.”
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 about 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.
DevelopIQ is a Platinum Anoto Solution Provider and its PaperIQ product is a proven enterprise-class platform for digital pen and paper and having been selected for the largest digital pen contracts to date in the UK.
The business has particular sales focus in the healthcare sector where it is a leader in digital pen solutions for maternity and other community healthcare applications, such as Frailty.
In addition to its data capture business based on Anoto technology, the business also provides cross-platform mobile application development services for some major brands and a Cloud Services business for application hosting, hosted email and mobile device management solutions.
DevelopIQ is headquartered at it’s network operations centre in Basingstoke, UK and is privately funded.
For more information please visit www.DevelopIQ.com
For more information contact: Janne Virtanen
Davies Murphy Group
01256 807 360
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