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Vital Stats

HIPAA compliance with this product appears possible?: Yes.
Recommend for your HIPAA risk management needs?: Maybe. The only reason we give this product a 'maybe' is because we were unable to physically test the device. This review is based on information we received from customer service representatives. They were able to give us a pretty clear "yes" about data being stored locally which is why we feel comfortable in giving this product a 'maybe.' Please test out these claims before using this product to record PHI.
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Relevant Product Characteristics

  • This product does not appear to have been designed specifically with healthcare in mind. Note that many products that are useful and appropriate for health care professionals are not designed specifically with health care in mind.

What Is This Product?

The Livescribe Smart Pen is a note-taking device from Anoto. This device allows users to take notes, which are then stored locally on the device and can then be uploaded to a laptop using smartpen software. Livescribe is compatible with both Mac and PC and includes an application called Livescribe+ compatible with both Android and Apple. The pen is connected to the device you wish to upload your notes to and then stored locally on the computer, tablet, or smartphone. Livescribe smartpen requires special paper which can be printed from the company’s website or available for purchase in notebooks.

**Please note that this review was completed without physically testing any of Anoto’s smartpens, software, or application. The review is based on statements from costumer service representatives from Anoto. If you purchase this pen please consider testing these statements with data that does not contain PHI. If you can, please provide feedback to to keep our review updated and relevant!


Caveats are criticsms of the company or product that we feel are relevant to your risk management or other important considerations.



Notes cover points where the product can’t ensure compliance or ethical action for you. These help you know what your part of the compliance puzzle looks like when using this product. A high note count usually correlates with a feature-rich product, and not necessarily with a product that has problems.

1) Assure you have device security standards implemented before using this product.

It is always important to keep all devices used within a practice secure, especially if they handle PHI. Please check out Person Centered Tech’s Device Security Instruction Center to assure you have all necessary security standards implemented.