21 July 2008

Real World Access (39)

One of a series of articles about where Microsoft Office Access applications have found a real-world niche.

 Bob Larson's Medical Point of Sale

Providence Health System, in Portland, Oregon, was opening a retail outlet for selling appearance items for cancer patients in one of their hospitals.

They needed a Point of Sale (POS) system in order to handle the retail transactions.  The transactions would include marking which items were covered by insurance and/or cash sales.

They found a system that the Home Medical Equipment division was implementing, but it was not going to be available for 6 months to a year.  So, they needed some program to handle the sales until such time as they could get hooked up to the Enterprise system.

Using Microsoft Access I designed, programmed, and implemented a POS system which is able to handle the cash sales, including credit cards (and tracking the bank confirmation codes), and insurance sales.

The system can submit sales invoices to the business office.  They have all the information required for billing the insurance companies.

At the time I left the company the retail outlet was successfully using the Access program I created and, if it had done the actual insurance billing, they were wishing that they could just keep using the program I created instead of the Enterprise system.

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