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Automated Barcode Appointment Cards

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125891D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-20
Document File: 3 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Numerous times, various providers of services primarily but not limited to doctors and medical services hand out written appointment card reminders for follow up visits. These cards are often misplaced and the appointments information are forgot, especially if the next appointment is several weeks or months away. It is incumbent upon the patient or receiver of the services to write the appointment in his/her appointment book or manually add it to his/her electronic mail calendars. This invention consists of an electronic appointment card system with a computer and a printer that together can generate an appointment card with barcodes. The barcodes contain information about the appointment and are read by a barcode scanner, then transformed into an email 'meeting invitation'.

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Automated Barcode Appointment Cards

This invention consists of an electronic appointment card system with a computer and a printer that together can generate an appointment card with barcodes. The barcodes contain information about the appointment and are read by a barcode scanner, then transformed into an email 'meeting invitation'. The meeting invitation can be generated in one of multiple formats required by email servers such as Lotus Notes, etc. Some service providers (e.g. doctors offices) could send the appointment cards to patients or receivers using ordinary US mail. The meeting invitation could also be sent over the internet as email. More likely, the patient or receiver would use the appointment card in conjunction with his own computer to which a barcode scanner is attached, and scan the appointment card to generate the meeting invitation. The barcode reading software also could allow manual entry of the barcodes in the event the user does not own a scanner.

UPC barcodes are normally composed of 11 numeric characters plus a check digit. The general purpose code 39 or Code 128 bar code symbologies can encode variable alphanumeric data up to 30 characters in length. Therefore, multiple barcodes would be required to encode all of the necessary appointment information. This precedent has already been set for shipping label encoding where labels contain multiple barcodes to accommodate all the necessary information.

Appointment barcodes could contain a numeric reference to a patient or receiver ID which could be linked to information in a data base, or multiple barcodes could be used as necessary to hold all of the relevant information. The following information would be required: patient or receiver email address patient or receiver email format code (e.g. Lotus Notes version XXX)

Appointment Date Appointment Time
Optional Telephone number in case of cancellation Flag=0 or 1 to indicate if special preparation is required prior to the appointment (e.g. fasting, medication, etc.)

Description - The service provider computer would require software to generate barcodes. This software exists as prior art and can be readily found on the internet (e.g. http://h50055.www5.hp.com/smb/au/bizsolutions/bs_barcodes.aspx). The service provider would need a printer, also readily available. Appointment scheduling softwa...