Technology in Healthcare: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using QR Codes

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Technology in Healthcare Using stickers, bracelets, necklaces, and other options to provide healthcare information through QR codes is a very new idea. Only recently has the technology been available to be able to do this, but it has moved into the healthcare arena quite rapidly. There are advantages and disadvantages to using these QR codes, just as there are with any other types of healthcare information storage and retrieval options. With that in mind, it is very important to consider the idea of these codes and all they can offer to patients and doctors, along with any risks that patients may be taking when it comes to providing their personal information through QR codes. Originally, QR codes were only used in industrial applications and special barcode readers were needed to collect the information on them (Furht, 2011). Smartphones have changed all of that and allowed just about everyone to have the equivalent of a barcode reader right in their pocket (Furht, 2011). One of the reasons that QR codes have become so popular in healthcare settings is that they hold a great deal of information (Furht, 2011). Their quick and easy readability also makes them popular, because they are able to be used to find needed information that could literally mean the different between life and death for a patient. The codes were first created in Japan by a subsidiary of Toyota (Furht, 2011). They were designed to track the vehicles in order to determine where they could be found

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