Introduction: Why is it a good idea to use QR codes in healthcare?
Relying on traditional methods of identifying patients, filling forms, generating bills and other such medical procedures have proven to be cumbersome and time consuming for both the patients and the healthcare workers. This is why the industries contributing to the medical field are always trying to develop ways to use the latest technology to deal with all related processes efficiently. Quick response codes are the one thing that can make a remarkable difference in the functioning of the medical system. QR codes can potentially reduce the burden of traditional paperwork, storage, management of errors. Other than replacing the conventional methods and making work smoother and more efficient, QR codes can also manage resources.
Benefits of using QR codes in healthcare
Using QR codes saves medical facilities many resources since these codes (Dynamic QR codes) can be edited and analyzed easily to track patients’ conditions, especially in the age of smartphones and the internet. It makes sense to incorporate devices that are accessible to the people and which they are the most comfortable with, especially in times when they are vulnerable. Statistically, more than 80% of physicians and other healthcare professionals and caregivers use smartphones in their daily lives anyway, so incorporating processes that require only the presence of a device they already have seems the best decision for both convenience and sustainability’s sake.
Uses of QR codes in healthcare education
There are plenty of advantages of using QR codes in healthcare education as well:
- The ability to provide multimodal information in a limited time and a cost-effective manner.
- Improve engagement from the side of students as well as faculty.
- Ease of use and availability compared to traditional methods of doing the same tasks.
- The simplicity of creation and adaptability.
- Potential benefits to the environment.
- Monitoring useful metrics like the where and when of the QR code scanning.
- Production of more tailored and customized resources for the students.
- Helping anaesthetic trainees by allowing them access to a form to record experiences during the procedure.
- Using QR codes in anaesthetic presentations raises the user’s degree of participation and increases the level of involvement.
Ways in which QR codes can be used in the healthcare industry
Having a patient’s data and information and records and then linking them to a QR code helps caregivers gain access to all the information they need about the patient in the future with a simple, quick scan. Patient identity management is hastened, and errors are lessened thus. Patient data is a significant issue in interdepartmental communication- sometimes it’s not uniform throughout the system, and at other times it doesn’t even exist beyond the scope of the particular department they were first associated with. In the absence of proper patient identity management, false identification can lead to wrong diagnosis and medication errors, which leads to a lot of unnecessary hassle and the compromisation of the patient’s health at the worst.
QR codes get embedded in the patient’s medical bracelet, and their entire medical history is on a datasheet which can be accessed by scanning that code. This lets the healthcare professional keep track of the patient’s history from admission to discharge and even their past medical information.
Hospitals need revenue to survive and keep offering their services efficiently like any other business, using a QR code on brochures, bills, and leaflets given to patients and visitors. They can then scan these codes, which will direct them to a landing page that talks about the infrastructure, cleanliness, success stories and methods used to treat hospital patients.
Prescribed drugs need to have QR codes that will redirect all the information about drug safety and side effect warnings in great details. Even the instructions, which will differ from person to person, can be encoded after each visit into the code and can even be placed on the bottles or information sheets and follow up information sheets.
Medical equipment is the most specific and yet the most varied. Only people with certified training can use, troubleshoot, operate and repair them. Having a QR code redirect users to include performing and storage information and maintenance recommendations for them. Anyone who’s slightly familiar with the medical world can now operate equipment and make informed decisions.
How to implement a QR code in healthcare?
- Step 1: selecting the QR code generator- make sure that your generator will be compatible with most mobile QR code reader apps.
- Step 2: Choosing the type of content to be promoted- select the kind of content you’d want people to scan your code to see.
- Step 3: entering the data on the forms- you must now add the necessary data in the condition that appears after you’ve selected the content type—usually information like your email id, subject line and the associated message.
- Step 4: (optional) consider downloading a dynamic QR code- because, unlike regular QR codes, active QR codes let you edit the data it contains even after you “print” it.
- Step 5: customization- the most critical part of this process is customizing the code according to your brand’s demands. It is essential to understand that some customizations can make it more difficult for some apps to scan the code properly- in such cases, it is a good idea to generate two versions of the same app.
- Step 6: testing the code- don’t forget to check if the code is being read correctly and by more than one app readers.
- Step 7: sharing the code- come up with a plan of distribution to share the code. This might include sharing in printed ads, social media, accessories and physical locations.
- Step 8: tracking and analyzing the performance- knowing how your code is performing and if people are behaving expectedly once they land on the particular page will help troubleshoot and tweak it to make sure it performs well.