My ID Square's Squid IDs use QR barcodes. QR codes are a type of barcode. You often see QR barcodes on advertisements, bill boards and parking meters.
Just like barcodes used on grocery items, QR barcodes contain information that can be read by a scanner. Unlike the barcodes found in the grocery store, QR barcodes are square and often contain a website address (URL). When the QR barcode is scanned by a smart phone or tablet app, the phone/tablet automatically brings up that website address.
By having QR barcodes on our medical IDs, we have made the process of accessing your medical information faster and easier during an emergency and when visiting the doctor. QR barcodes are often used in hospitals - on patient wristbands, medication bottles and supplies. As a result, medical personnel are familiar with QR barcodes and know how to scan them.
Our QR barcodes can be scanned by any of the 100s of free barcode readers available for on all types of mobile phones and tablets.
Where QR Barcode are used
QR barcodes are increasingly being using by major retailers and healthcare providers. QR barcodes are being adopted as an efficient means for ticketing, order renewal, and safer delivery of health care services.
Examples of QR barcodes currently include:
Paypal: Used in Paypal's mobile payments system. 2
Amtrak Ticketing: Travelers download QR barcode to phone, providing extremely fast check ins. 3
Walgreens: Customers renew prescriptions by scanning QR barcode on medication labels using Walgreens' App. 4
Hospitals: QR barcodes on patient wristbands ensure patients get proper care by decreasing medication errors and improving patient safety. 5
Emergency Rooms: ER doctors use Google Glass and QR barcodes to identify patients. Check out how this cool use of QR barcodes here
Typical QR Code