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Submission + - Can QR Codes Save Lives? (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: "Paramedics in Marin County, California, may soon be putting QR codes to lifesaving use. According to an IDG News Service report, 'Lifesquare, a Silicon Valley start-up, has partnered with two emergency response agencies in Marin County to run a year-long pilot program. Lifesquare wants residents to input personal information about their medications into its website, then place corresponding QR code stickers where emergency responders can scan them with an iPhone.' The first hurdle: Getting people to put the sensitive information online. 'The way that we look at is that people already put their information into their driver's license, that's owned by the government, people put their information into credit card company's and that's owned by private corporations,' said Ryan Chamberlain, director of public outreach at Lifesquare."
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Can QR Codes Save Lives?

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  • Was going to say, why not just put stickers with plain-text info? This is a solution looking for a problem, and there are network latency issues, etc etc.

    Of course the benefit of having it on a site is that it is instantly modifiable, if the patient's medication changes...

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