Mi-Forms works with your Digital Pen!
Based on technology from a Swedish company called Anoto, the Digital Pen looks and feels like a regular ballpoint pen. Unlike regular pens, the Digital Pen contains an integrated digital camera, an advanced image microprocessor, and USB connection or Bluetooth wireless capability. Users write with the Digital Pen on paper which contains a nearly invisible and unique-to-every-page dot pattern in the background. The camera takes digital snapshots while the user is writing, capturing enough data to determine the exact position of the pen, what it writes or draws, the time each pen stroke was made, as well as on which particular paper form the writing occurred.
All of this data is then retained in the pen’s memory as a series of coordinates. The pen can store 200 pages of handwritten data at a time. Once the user has finished writing, the pen can be docked to a PC where the data can be downloaded, or the data can be sent via Bluetooth and a mobile phone to a server, and processed by Mi-Forms software with handwriting recognition and image creation capability.
A new Digital Pen, the LiveScribe, allows not only the recording of handwriting but also audio. This unique combination of capabilities is currently available for consumer applications only.
Seeing is Believing
I find that Mi-Forms on Tablet PC has a much easier learning curve than other Point of Care documentation solutions, especially for staff that are not accustomed to computers. It is much more user-friendly, and because it captures handwriting, the implementation phase is much quicker than with PDA’s or laptops. I would not consider a change to any other system than Mi-Forms on a Tablet PC. The Tablet is an integral part of our documentation system.