Boston Public Health Commission implements Mi-Co's mobile data capture and digital writing software for efficient data collection

Research Triangle Park 21 May 2004One of the largest home-visiting programmes of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is implementing the Mi-Forms Software System, developed by Mi-Co, the mobile data capture company, to collect and manage the large amount of data captured in the field.


"The quick and secure processing of client data and the accurate and efficient reporting of information are two of the critical challenges we face in our home-visiting programmes", stated Claritza Abreu, Director of Information Systems Services, "and we feel an assessment of state-of-the-art digital writing technology is warranted. This new technology will give our staff more time to focus on patient care, instead of data entry."

Mi-Co's technology will be piloted and first implanted in the Healthy Baby Healthy Child programme (HBHC), which currently employs thirty-two home visitors, eighteen Nurses, thirteen Advocates, and two Social Workers. Providing them more efficient processes in the field has the potential to make the entire programme more cost-effective. Once this technology is fully proved and tested in the BPHC's infrastructure, Mi-Co's solution will be offered to other Commission programmes and departments.

Jim Clary, Mi-Co CEO, stated: "The mission of the Boston Public Health Commission is to protect the health of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable and Mi-Co is extremely pleased to work with BPHC. The Healthy Baby Healthy Child Programme data capture requirements are an ideal fit for the Mi-Forms Software System."

The solution being implemented by BPHC includes the combination of Mi-Forms and Logitech's io Digital Pen. This software and hardware combination was selected for the pilot because the nurses can collect data in client's homes with a process where the hardware is simple, unobtrusive, and highly mobile and the software provides state of the art forms design, handwriting recognition and automatic conversion to text.

The Healthy Baby Healthy Child (HBHC) Programme of the Boston Public Health Commission is an innovative home-visiting programme whose mission it is to promote the health and well being of women, children and families in Boston, particularly those living in communities that are disproportionately impacted by infant mortality and other health disparities. The HBHC programme has demonstrated success in providing home and community based services to high-risk pregnant and parenting women, children up to three years of age and families while linking clients with systems of care throughout Boston. This citywide programme, which has been in operation for 18 years, is dedicated to providing services that promote infant survival, promote birth outcomes and family unity.

Mi-Co provides digital writing software to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire process of capturing and using data. Mi-Co's end-to-end enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible forms design and the capture, handwriting verification and communication of forms based and free-form pen-on-paper data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports enterprise data capture using the Tablet PC, the Logitech io Digital Pen, Pocket PC and signature capture devices. Mi-Co's vertical markets for the Mi-Forms Software include health care and pharmaceuticals, financial services, public safety, and governmental services, and Mi-Co has a growing number of customers in these segments.

Leslie Versweyveld

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