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Oklahoma Medical Board To Use QR Code


Ever since news about the medical industries in other countries are using QR Codes to keep track of patients’ medical records hit the newsstand and the internet, we have been on a lookout for similar news on homeground and finally, it made it to my Google Alert list today – the state of Oklahoma have officially become the first state in this country to dabble in using QR Codes.

Although it is not being used the same way as the medical boards in other parts of the world, nevertheless, it proves that we are now more accepting of the technology and we DO see more to it than plastering it on billboards and sticking it at bus stands.

What they are doing right now, well, the Oklahoma Medical Board, that is, is to have QR Code at the bottom of all official documents done up by a licensed physician so that patients and authorities have the chance to verify its authenticity. After all, when you are seeking the help of a professional, especially when it relates to your health, one would want to err on the side of caution, wouldn’t we?

At this point, the QR Codes will be placed at the bottom right of all documents and can be easily scanned with a simple-to-find and free-to-download QR Code reader. The QR Code readers are everywhere, in particular in iTunes and Google Playstore.

The purpose of the QR Codes goes beyond merely giving us a glimpse into the physicians’ qualifications, it also enables quicker logins via tablets and cellphones whenever a physician needs to get into training courses, clinics and of course, hospitals. The Deputy Executive Director also provided a good explanation on why they are including a QR Code now – to enable usage and identity verification during emergencies when every single movement of the medical personnel is absolutely crucial and life-changing.

Let’s imagine that you are at the train station minding your business and waiting for your ride to arrive and then all of sudden, someone faints next to you. A good samaritan rushes up to the guy and starts barking commands claiming that he is a trained professional. Do we believe him? Do we have a choice? How frustrating it must be for the physician if someone quizzes his qualification.

Isn’t it absolutely cool now that he can flash the QR Code in the face of doubtful onlookers like how the police flash their badges?

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