iPilot introduces affordable wireless scanning tool for home health care industry

Schamburg 10 October 2003iPilot Inc. has developed an affordable, portable and automated wireless data scanner designed for the growing health care industry. The iPilot barcode scanner serves a critical market need of accurately recording time, attendance and services rendered to home health care recipients. As a result, home health care operators can reduce the time-consuming manual paperwork required at each visit and be able to receive patient service information uploaded directly to the home office.


Home health care parent companies can benefit threefold: by receiving accurate data; by reducing costs and potential keyboarding errors; and by integrating the iPilot scanner into their software. The health care industry already is utilizing bar codes and laser scanners in clinics and hospitals. The wireless iPilot scanner now makes it a cost-effective data entry method in the mobile health care profession.

The scanner can be attached to a key ring and fits comfortably in the palm of the hand. It communicates barcode data via USB or infrared to devices, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) or personal computers (PCs). iPilot offers a software development kit for application developers and suppliers to customize the scanner for specific tasks and requirements in the home health care industry.

Home health care providers can spend less time in the office and more time caring for patients by using the iPilot scanner as it records time in, time out and each activity accomplished in the home care setting. By using an iPilot scanner and a barcode menu of services, paperwork and data entry time is all but eliminated. The iPilot scanner has a time and date code to accurately track each code captured.

"The iPilot system empowers people", stated Ray Howell, iPilot's chief executive officer. "It brings printed media to the Internet at the speed of light. It is very easy to use. The end user scans a barcode much like a person highlights a word in a book. The device can store up to 100 scans before the data needs to be uploaded to a personal computer." Price points for the initial scanner are in the $30-$50 range.

iPilot is specialised in manufacturing affordable, mobile, handheld barcode scanners that link to personal computers and mobile wireless devices including personal digital assistants (PDAs), Pocket PCs and cell phones. iPilot scanners are particularly well suited for e-commerce transactions, home health care, catalogue ordering and other high volume applications requiring scanning from remote locations.

Leslie Versweyveld

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