We Can, But Should We?
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR360: Information Systems in Healthcare
We Can, But Should We?
Imagine someone accessing another person’s medical information by scanning a bar code square with his or her smartphone? Would you participate if it could possibly mean the difference between life and death? Well, a company called Lifesquare is piloting the program and states this program can save your life by saving time in critical situation (Rich, 2012). Quick Response (QR) Codes are amongst the growing technology in healthcare. This system is designed to list pertinent medical information such as allergies, medications and conditions. The QR is basically placed in various places so that it is accessible in an emergency event. The system is designed to reduction triage time by 35% (Pierfrancesco, 2013). Would you consent and sign up for this program? There are many advantages and disadvantages to this process and we will discuss the subject to make an informed decision. The Advantages
This new technology is very effective if used correctly. One of the advantages are the fact that emergency workers (EMTs) will have up to date information on the medications that a person takes as well as allergies. This information is extremely critical in patients that are unconscious and cannot speak for themselves. With the information on the QR, medical personnel can quickly administer antidotes for toxic effects of medication a patient takes. Another way this system is used is in pharmacies. Patients are able to scan the QR on medication bottles for information on their current medications in which they have lost the pamphlets. This can also be an easy way for patients to order refills on prescription when they see that they are running low. This technology can also be used in order to provide education to patients. Almost everyone has a smartphone, and medical personnel can encourage patients to scan their...
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