Quality Systems/NextGen NextPen™

IBA12 Gold Stevie WinnerCompany: Quality Systems, Inc., Irvine, CA USA
Entry Submitted By: PAIRELATIONS, LLC
Company Description: Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems, Inc. and its NextGen Healthcare subsidiary develop and market computer- based practice management, electronic health records and revenue cycle management applications as well as connectivity products and services for medical and dental group practices and small hospitals. Visit www.qsii.com and www.nextgen.com for additional information.
Nomination Category: Products & Product Management Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Best New Product or Service of the Year - Business-to-Business Products

Nomination Title: Quality Systems/NextGen NextPen™ - A Stroke of Genius

Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 500 words). Describe its functions, features, benefits, and sales results to date:

Imagine a different kind of medical breakthrough - one that places a tiny camera in the tip of a pen that boasts the capability to interpret the pen’s precise position on a medical form and captures all data that a patient or provider writes or draws. Then, the power of the pen turns these handwritten forms into electronic data elements that become part of a patient’s electronic health record (EHR).

It’s truly amazing and now possible, thanks to amazing technologies from NextGen Healthcare. As a leading provider of cutting-edge healthcare information technology solutions, NextGen is bringing tools to market that change the way healthcare is delivered.

This incredible, novel and revolutionary tool is changing the way physicians extract data from patients akin to something that may have been found on a Jetsons episode.

NextPen® is a digital ballpoint pen that -- through this miniature camera -- can decipher handwritten information from patient and clinician forms, printed with a unique readable dot pattern that identifies where the pen is located and what is written or drawn on the form. The pen then transfers the handwritten information it captures off the paper and electronically delivers it into a patient’s record within the NextGen® Ambulatory EHR using a Bluetooth interface or by placing NextPen in a special docking station, where the data dump transfers the form into that EHR.

•Essentially, with the stroke of a pen, patients and practices using the NextGen® Ambulatory Electronic Health Record capture data and place it into a patient’s electronic health record directly from pen and paper without any scanning or transcription.

NextPen's features include:

•Collection of history, demographics and signatures directly from waiting room without interviewing, scanning, or transcription
•Capturing patient information directly into the EHR including data, drawings and signatures, with minimal learning curve.
•Bluetooth capability allowing patients and providers to roam an office with the pen and clipboard
•Automatically populates the appropriate NextGen® Ambulatory EHR templates and fields on paper and into the system
•Requires no special printer or paper
•Does not add extra per-page fees for the practice
•Prints forms on a regular printer, using normal office paper.

NextGen has placed nearly 1,200 easy-to-use pens into the medical marketplace with continued demand. It can be operated by anyone – whether they are 4 or 84.

NextGen clients indicates the beauty of NextPen lies in providing patients an interface to which they are accustomed – pen and paper – which works 100 percent of the time. Everyone going to the doctor’s office needs to complete forms and patients don’t even know the pen is any different.

Not having to rekey all of the data entered on the forms is a tremendous time saver for physician groups. Staff simply dock the pen and an electronic version of the form displays for validation. Using the electronic version is much easier then looking at the original form and trying to decipher the patient’s handwriting.

The level of handwriting recognition the NextPen boasts is highly accurate.

Move over George Jetson.

Provide a brief (up to 100 words) biography about the leader(s) of the team that developed the nominated product or service:

Tim Eggena, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, oversees NextGen Healthcare's entire product roadmap, including innovations such as NextGen Ambulatory EHR, Practice Management, Patient Portal, Health Information Exchange and Mobile solutions.

Previously, Eggena was Executive Vice President of NextGen Practice Solutions, the company's revenue cycle management division, and Vice President of Product Development, overseeing advancement of the practice management system. He co-founded MicroMed Healthcare Information Systems in January 1993 and served in a senior management role throughout its transition to NextGen Healthcare, once acquired by Quality Systems in 1997. Prior to co-founding MicroMed, Eggena worked for Gerber Alley, a health information systems vendor. He holds a bachelor's degree in MIS from Auburn University.