A pioneering new pilot healthcare scheme has recognised digital pens as a way to help boost productivity and cut back on administration tasks for busy nurses drowning in paperwork.



Under the innovative trial, nurses in Worcester will be given a digital pen and smartphone to help reduce time and energy spent on ‘red tape’ and admin work. It is hoped the electronic devices will enable under pressure nurses to deliver a higher level of patient care while away from their practice.


The local Health and Care Trust devised the scheme as a way to give nurses comprehensive information about patients while visiting them at their homes. Smartpens will serve this purpose very well by cutting down on the need for caregivers to spend time writing up notes upon returning to the surgery or clinic, and allowing the notes taken by nurses off set to be received immediately by colleagues in hospitals.


Digital pens can be used in conjunction with PCs as well as laptops and smartphones, so the act of note-taking never needs to be replicated. The smartpens are both USB and Bluetooth enabled, allowing users to capture the content digitally in real time, cutting down on the need to wait for notes to be processed and disseminated.


It’s another move towards the complete integration of our analogue and digital worlds and can be of substantial benefit to those in industries where note-taking, drafting and sketching is a daily task.


The use of e-pens to help to cut down the process of taking notes and then typing them up is predicted to become much more widespread in both workplace and educational environments.


While early portable devices attempted to bring handwriting recognition to the forefront of digital business solutions, the technology was not far advanced enough to be able to deal with the many intricacies and quirks of natural handwriting, which can obviously vary substantially from person to person. Palm Pilots and their accompanying Stylo pens often relied on users writing in a certain manner in order to accurately decipher their notes. This meant users would have to commit to changing their natural rhythm and style of handwriting.


However, the development of MyScript changed all this. It can be considered the biggest advance since Apple’s Siri voice recognition function brought high-quality voice recognition to millions of iPhone users all over the world. As the go-to software for smartpens, MyScript has been developed to understand different handwriting styles intuitively, ensure users do not face the frustrating prospect of having to re-write notes or edit content once it has been transferred to a word processing program or document.


For more information on how smartpens could help your business, take a look at our notes department. Our useful downloads also provide a handy tutorial and breakdown of how the pen can work with smartphones whatever your workplace demands.