Could a QR code save your life? Lately more companies are responding with a resounding “yes!” Not just for magazine ads any more, QR codes are popping up as part of some innovative solutions, with emergency response being one of the most exciting.
The latest comes from nonprofit Lifespire, Inc., an organization that helps developmentally disabled individuals. Lifespire is working to release the Code Amber Alertag, featuring a QR code that when scanned will grant access to vital medical history data. The ‘Amber Alert’ name had me thinking something different when I first saw the news, but I digress. The QR code will contain general medical history—including name, address, and emergency point of contact.
Here is the cool part—first responders will be able to connect with the emergency contact and be given the PIN. From there the physician or first responder will have access to a wealth of information such as a detailed medical history, current and past medications, family contact information, their healthcare proxy, and their service provider.
Let’s say that person in need is unable to speak; the first responder will have instant access to critical information that could potentially save their lives.
We heard a similar approach at our conference this year when Gerald Theis from mycrisisrecords.com presented his smartphone application designed to prepare someone for a personal medical emergency anywhere, anytime. During a personal medical emergency a person can simply hand over their smartphone to the first responder and/or the ER doctor and give them their password to access their vital medical data.
Here is where the cool connected portion comes into the equation: through the On Demand Crisis Response Transmittal Service, the complete personal health record is sent to the designated emergency room before the patient enters the doors. The transmittal service also alerts the emergency contact via text, email, or phone the name of the treating facility, and phone number. It is a great story about how technology can help create what he calls an “emergency preparedness system” to avoid medical errors in the emergency room while also allowing the person to be in control during an emergency.
The timing for all of this couldn’t be better, as The Peggy Smedley Show will begin a new series on featuring first responders that use M2M technology and connected devices to better serve the public. This series will begin Tuesday August 16, with some exciting guests lined up, including police, fire, utility first responders, and more.