Barcode Software for the VA
Data Collection Programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a set of special barcode data collection programs that use Intermec barcode equipment to collect data on assets, inventory and maintenance purposes. These programs have been incorporated into the VistA System but go by acronyms such as GIP, IFCAP and AEMS/MERS. The programs have a long history of use in the VA and have been extremely successful in keeping the VA's inventory up to date.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using Intermec barcode readers such as 9440, Janus 2020, 2410, and the CK30. These barcode readers are no longer being manufactured. The newest version are the CK3X and CN51 mobile computer kits. Because the operating systems for these new readers are completely different than the older barcode readers, the reader programs come pre-installed in the reader kits along with KWedge software so that the data can be transferred easily into VistA. That's why it is vital that the correct kit part number is ordered so that you get the software and hardware bundled together. Most qualified SEWP vendors can provide these kits off their contract, but you must order the correct part # to be sure of getting the complete system. Please ask us for the complete part # and description before ordering.
MSS Software has a long history with the VA regarding these programs and is the company who helped make previous Intermec equipment, such as the Janus 2020 and 2410 work with VistA. MSS Software created the special proprietary version of these programs which is pre-installed on each VistA kit that is shipped. This software program contains a menu of the four inventory/maintenance functions (PRCPH, PRCUS, ENPM and ENNX). Therefore, each kit allows the VA a plug and play reader that can be used immediately in their VistA system. These reader kits and accessories are only available in the following kit configurations through qualified SEWP contract holders. For a complete list, please contact us.
If you are already using the 9730 wedge kit with previous readers (J2020 or 2410), you may continue using the same wedge reader and cables with some of these new kits. However, on some of the newer models, you will need to install KWedge software (which is backwards compatible with most of the older barcode readers as well) and Microsoft ActiveSync or Windows Mobile Device Center WMDC. Please note that these new kits are compatible with Win7 operating systems as well as Windows XP.
The Following VISTA Kits are Available:
- M005BX CK3 Reader Kits
- M005BR CK3/RFID Reader Kit
- MN70RFI CN70RFID Reader Kit
- M0CN51 CN51 Reader Kits
- M002PA Fixed Barcode Printer Kit
- White Poly Labels (3" x 1")
- Printer Ribbons
VistA Barcode Reader Programs
- PRCPH - EXPENDABLE PHYSICAL COUNT--Records inventory of expendable items
- PRCUS - EXPENDABLE USAGE--Records usage of expendable items
- ENPM - PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE--Records preventative maintenance of non-expendable equipment
- ENNX - NON-EXPENDABLE--Records inventory of non-expendable equipment