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.