Medical licenses get QR codes
Oklahoma's State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision is the first in the nation to incorporate QR (quick response) codes on the medical licenses of physicians and other medical professionals. The ubiquitous black-and-white square box will appear in the lower right-hand corner of all newly issued or renewed physician licenses in Oklahoma. This use of QR codes can allow for a rapid check-in of medical professionals at training events, clinics and hospitals, the agency said. “Law enforcement or emergency medical personnel establishing an incident command system at the scene of an accident or emergency will be able to immediately identify and confirm that the good Samaritan offering assistance is indeed a licensed medical doctor,” Board Deputy Executive Director Reji Varghese said. Scanning the code will provide direct access to a physician's information page as it appears on the board's website, okmedicalboard.org. Data available there includes the doctor's education, medical specialty and board certification, office address, telephone and office hours, hospital privileges, insurance participation and board status. The online service is a product of a partnership between the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision and OK.gov, Oklahoma's official website.
Helmet tech receives funding
A pair of investment funds managed by i2E Inc. recently closed a $500,000 Series A investment round in Tulsa's ICEdot. The i2E managed funds led an investment round of $1.03 million, which included co-investment from Oklahoma angels and out-of-state strategic investors. i2E investment included $300,000 from its StartOK Accelerator Fund and $200,000 from its OK Angel Sidecar Fund. ICEdot has created an crash sensor attached to the safety helmet of cyclists, skiers, snowboarders, BMX bikers and other action sport participants. The ICEdot Crash Sensor detects forces consistent with head injury and notifies emergency contacts of the owner's GPS coordinates via text message. With worldwide exclusive license to the sensor technology, ICEdot is the only service that combines health data, sensor-based detection and notification services. “With this funding we will be able to manufacture our highly anticipated crash sensors,” said Chris Zenthoefer, ICEdot's chief executive officer. “Transitioning from prototypes to production is an exciting time, and we are eager to take our product to the market. The crash sensor is expected to commercially debut at this year's edition of the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, June 7-9.