For the first time, an American medical board will be using QR codes. The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision has said that it will use the 2D codes on all the licenses issued to medical professionals in the state. The QR codes will be found in the bottom right hand corner of the licenses of doctors, physicians and other licensed medical professionals, and will be present on newly issued or renewed documentation.
The idea behind issuing licenses with QR codes is that doctors can use them to quickly check into hospitals, clinics, training centres and other such facilities. This would be especially useful in case of emergencies such when emergency medical personnel are required to create an incident command system at the scene of an accident. The doctor’s identity could be confirmed by anyone with a smartphone or tablet with a QR code reader. A scan of the code would take the user to the doctor’s unique page on the medical board’s official website, where information will be available about the educational background, medical specialty, certification received from the board, board status, hospital privileges office address, contact information and insurance participation.
This is a great step forward by the medical board; it is a good idea to make information about medical personnel accessible in this way so that people can always confirm the identity of a doctor, when he or she steps forward in case of an emergency. It saves time for the doctors themselves, as it allows them to instantly attend to the matter at hand, once their identity has been established.