Personal QR Codes Can Help First Responders

February 21, 2013
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When a first responder arrives on the scene of an emergency call and finds an unresponsive victim, it can be a very delicate, difficult situation. Little information about the patient can drastically increase the risk of medical error.

When a first responder arrives on the scene of an emergency call and finds an unresponsive victim, it can be a very delicate, difficult situation. Little information about the patient can drastically increase the risk of medical error.

QR code mhealthThat may change soon with the help of personal QR codes. When first responders arrive at the scene, they will be able to scan the QR code on a patient’s phone or ID card and get information that’s been registered in advance.

This information will tell the responders if the patient has any underlying conditions, is taking any medications or has any allergies or pre-existing conditions that can affect treatment. It will also simultaneously alert emergency contacts through a text message.

This idea is not new, but is quickly becoming more of a reality as many software developers, software engineers and nursing students are putting business plans together and meeting with medical venture capital companies such as Dreamit Ventures.

Ultimately, the QR code can help reduce medical error and prevent medical complications for patients. This is just one of many ways new technology is changing healthcare.

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