QR Codes in Healthcare- Why?
September 21, 2011 16 Comments
Charlie Brooker is a very funny man. He’s posted several Tweets recently about QR codes:
charltonbrooker Charlie BrookerYou know those QR Code things? (these: bit.ly/wcLYm ) – quick survey – does ANYONE (marketing plips aside) use or care about them?
charltonbrooker Charlie BrookerBasically if you’re thinking of putting a QR Code on an advert, don’t. You might as well put up a set of unnecessary stairs for me to climb.
- Many OT departments display a timetable of organised activities. How great would it be if the most up-to-date information was instantly accessible to the patients and staff without having to wait for the “Therapy Board” to get updated? just click the QR code and go to the website or blog for the Therapy Department.
- Could patient’s medications, address, phone numbers, next of kin etc be contained in a QR Code for final checking at pharmacy before medication dispensing, to reduce errors in prescribing and to ensure appropriate people are contacted in the event of emergencies?
- Could older people keep a QR Code on the inside of their fridge door for emergency services to read medications, next of kin, phone numbers, allergies etc. in the event of falls or emergencies?
- Could young people in schools have their own QR Codes on exercise books to integrate therapy and education goals, report back on session progress, amend treatment plans, and keep this information accessible to the parents at all times?
- Could nutritional content of vending machines in hospitals be available through using QR Codes to make smarter choices about what we eat?
- Could community mental health friendly events use QR codes on posters, advertising to link location details, maps, bus routes, times, staff, even allow you to book a place, without having to make that next step of phoning the organiser?
- Could QR codes in patient notes coordinate communications between hospital departments and sites, when inevitably good communication and collaboration is key to a patient’s care?
- How about tracking patient data, or a child’s protection plan, from one Trust or local authority to another?