A Digital Pen Based Tool for Instant Digitisation and Digitalisation of Biopsy Protocols

, , and . 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, CBMS 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, June 22--24, 2017, page 773--774. Los Alamitos, CA, IEEE Computer Society, (2017)


In order to improve medical processes in nephrology, we present an application that allows doctors to create biopsy protocols by using a digital pen on a tablet. The biopsy protocol app is seamlessly integrated into the existing infrastructure at the hospital. Compared to other reporting tools, we provide (1) real-time hand-writing/gesture recognition and real-time feedback on the recognition results on the screen; (2) a real-time digitisation into structured data and PDF documents; and (3) the mapping of the transcribed contents into concepts of the Banff classification. Our approach combines the benefits of paper with the automatic digitisation and digitalisation of hand-written user input. A fully digital and mobile approach should empower nephrologists to produce high quality data more effectively and in real-time so that it can be directly used in hospital processes.

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