QR codes used for quick access to health information

by Nelson T
In an article from computerworld.com, the author talks about emergency personnel using QR codes to quickly get access to health information from people. A start up company in silicon valley, LifeSquare, has started implementing this technology with two emergency response agencies in Marin County. They will be using QR codes placed on stickers so that emergency workers can get quick access to information such as any previous injuries and if allergic to any treatments or medication. Due to privacy concerns, users of this new technology must sign up on their website to be able to get a QR code. LifeSquare hopes this will improve on a previous method of retrieving such information that was written on paper. Now it can be easily accessed from a database and possibly reduce the time it takes to take the patient to the hospital. This is a great technology to use. It is cheap and efficient. I see that people will adopt this and register their information with LifeSquare and their maybe some discounts added to patients insurance premiums by using this technology.


Davis, K. (2012, May 30). Emergency workers scan qr codes for quick access to health info. Retrieved from http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227599/Emergency_workers_scan_QR_codes_for_quick_access_to_health_info?taxonomyId=158

2 thoughts on “QR codes used for quick access to health information

  • June 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Nice article, another great example of how technology can improve the lives and in this case health of its users. Once security issues are worked out, hopefully more health companies will be able to implement this technology.

  • June 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I also think that this is a good example of the usage of database. Having a QR code for the health information would be a lot more helpful especially when there is an emergency situation, and it would save a lot of time. I think whether this will be successful will depend on if people will want to register for this.

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