NextGen Healthcare debuts NextPen Voice

Nov. 13, 2013

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, unveiled today NextPen Voice, a second NextPen Solutions model, designed to help providers stay more engaged with patients while streamlining and speeding detailed patient data capture.

NextPen Voice can seamlessly intermix handwriting, drawing, and now, dictation. Providers use this single intuitive tool to document patient encounters with just pen and paper, and easily incorporate dictated narrative detail that gives patient encounter notes depth and a personal touch. “Providers don’t need to return to their desks to complete the patient narrative,” said Roy Feague, vice president, development, NextGen Healthcare. “They just double-tap NextPen Voice in the field of a patient encounter form where they’d like to locate the narrative and speak right into the pen. The transcribed result is returned into the correct field automatically.”

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NextPen Voice provides the ultimate in patient data capture flexibility, providing a choice between written and voice input, depending upon clinical examination protocols, preferences and specialties. Providers using NextPen Voice can easily switch between voice dictation and handwriting during patient encounters with just a simple double tap. NextPen Voice captures patient data without using a personal computer or tablet.

Like the original NextPen Write, NextPen Voice utilizes the same miniature camera technology for its handwriting capture mode. In writing mode, the pen tracks its position on a paper form and records every stroke. Handwriting and drawings are recognized immediately and are flowed into the patient chart as structured data. The provider’s dictation captured by NextPen Voice is automatically routed for transcription, returned, and once approved by the provider with a simple click, is automatically flowed into the patient’s chart as narrative text. NexPen Voice is exclusive digital pen technology for healthcare applications available only from NextGen Healthcare.

“NextPen Solutions can easily save providers 10 to 15 minutes per new patient, especially during reception-area intake,” Feague noted. “As a result, many clients report saving two hours per day. Our new NextPen Voice digital pen adds dictation to NextPen’s proven track record of writing and drawing capture so providers have the ultimate digital pen solution to improve productivity and cut costs while simultaneously improving the patient experience.”

The NextPen Solutions business team also announced software release 2.0 for both devices today at UGM. As well as voice dictation support, NextPen Solutions software release 2.0 supports the generation of more natural-sounding encounter notes and provides several improvements in stability, ease-of-use and maintenance.

“In the past year, our clients have experienced the most rapid change the healthcare market has witnessed to date,” said Michael Lovett, executive vice president and general manager, NextGen Healthcare. “Our expanded NextPen Solutions platform, including our new model, NextPen Voice, is another example of how we’re growing an innovative ancillary product suite that offers integrated functionality into our EHR and practice management systems. NextPen Solutions provide our clients with an important tool to keep winning the everyday challenge to combine productivity, accuracy and care in the practice of medicine.”

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